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The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

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Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
Phone Number: 01625 612045
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Very Interesting museum and silk mill tour.

We were very pleased with our tour of the Silk Museum. Adding the optional (small extra fee) tour of the adjacent silk mill is to me a must. Well laid out exhibits, in a clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were very pleased with our tour of the Silk Museum. Adding the optional (small extra fee) tour of the adjacent silk mill is to me a must. Well laid out exhibits, in a clean and tidy museum, gave us a good understanding of Macclesfield's past involvement in the silk industry. The staff were helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The visit to the mill is by guide only but this means you really get to see the intricacy of how the various machines worked and the skill of their operators. I found this fascinating, especially how punch-cards were used to control the weaving of patterns in a way which anticipated modern computing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We have just finished the guided tour which was riveting. All the processes and machinery are demonstrated and explained by a very knowledgeable guide with an occasional opportunity to have a go at some ourselves. Great value for money and a terrific way to pass an hour and a half. Thanks to everyone involved.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I went here for the first time three years ago without any real expectations. How wrong I was. This place was amazing, so much so that I retuned to take some friends to it. This has to be one of Britain's best kept heritage museums. Its an old silk mill that looks as it did when it closed in 1981... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Enjoyed a light lunch - Pleasant surroundings and staff. Menu choice good and prices very reasonable. Location good for town centre and car parks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

The silk museum is good to look round if you are interested in history, it has the history of the silk town (Macclesfield) and teaches children about the Victorian times.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

It tells an important story about the social history of the area clearly without the stuffiness sometimes experienced in museums

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Great to see the story boards and pictures to see how the insides of the mill used to look and operate

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The first time I visited the superb Silk Museum and Paradise Mill tour was 5 years ago, and we were told that the place was in danger of losing its funding and was very likely to be closed down - I was aghast! So, I was so pleased to find that the museum and mill are still running. As it's... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Silk Museum is well worth a visit. It provides a really good background to the past of Macclesfield. A really good exhibition and that is said on the basis that with a little parental (grandpa rental) guidance th childr n are captivated!

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