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The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
01625 612045
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

it is in the centre of the town and plenty of parking lots of shops and eateries the parkin is quite expensive although the museum has a small parking place

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The Silk Museum is very well presented and is incredibly engaging. The visit to Paradise Mill however is simply superb. One of the most interesting places we have visited and so much to discover about the history of the silk industry in Macclesfield but also about the technology that developed to meet demand and the conditions of the workers. You'll... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

You can discover the history of the silk trade with a guided tour around the Museum and Silk Mill at a combined price of £8 and this is extremely good value to see what working conditions were like in the late 1800's and early 1900's. My wife and myself spent over an hour and a half here, and really enjoyed... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We visited Paradise Mill last weekend with my parents and my young daughter. We all enjoyed it. Our guide, though new, was very knowledgeable, and went out of his way to keep my daughter interested. We all found out a lot, and I was impressed by how many machines there were, and how many were operational. I'd recommend that you... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I had family who worked in this mill many years ago and I saw it when it was at its peak. The floor that is preserved gives a good insight into the working conditions and methods employed in what was the last Mill where hand looms were used. The staff explained the processes and history of the mill very well

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Wickham Market
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A really great experience. We arrived just as a tour was starting, and were allowed to "squeeze" on. Very knowledgeable and interesting guide showed us the process of silk making, from moth to finished product. Lots of old machinery, which was demonstrated, and gave a real feel for the old processes. Lots of stairs, but also a lift, and care... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A great way to spend an hour or two getting to explore the history behind Macclesfield's famous silk trade, going back centuries. I found out that admission was free this particular weekend, so I decided to pay the museum a visit to broaden my knowledge of the history behind this small town. The exhibits and displays were informative, and covered... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Although we were too late for the last tour of the day for Paradise Mill, they very kindly gave my husband and I our very own tour. It was so interesting and the guide was very informative. We visited Quarry Bank Mill very briefly earlier in the week so knowing a little about the cotton mills helped us to understand... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Tour guide was excellent, experiential, fun and interesting with a guide who was well informed of all associated history. Cafe staff were lovely, friendly and helpful. Real milk for my cuppa in china cups! Thank you! Ps don't know about wheelchair or buggy access.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My American undergraduates (see photo) absolutely loved this museum, as did I. It gives an excellent idea of the processes involved in manufacturing silk, but more importantly the working conditions under which mill hands worked. It fit in beautifully with our later reading of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. The guide was superb. Wonderfully informative, helpful and friendly. The terribly... More 

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