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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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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Authentic and informative with many exhibits showcasing our industrial past. Suitable for families.....................

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Athens, Greece
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very deep and smart presentation of the hype textile industry, which led Cheshire towns to flourish during former centuries, based on the power that the flowing water gave. The man who guided us had such able and intimate ways, that I doubt whether we can find equivalent in a non rural case. Often we grew sentimental, as his words were... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Yet another group day out. Well worth a visit with a conducted tour and explanation of the workings of the mill and the silk industry in UK in general, and Macclesfield in particular. The guides were knowledgeable and very articulate, and put over their information in a manner that made it that no one was either bored or left without... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

had a pleasant trip to the mill, called in café had a coffee and shared a large scone with my friend very tasty. Worth a visit.

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Brilliant tour of an old silk mill, with winders, carders, jacquard looms all working, a good explanation of what it was like to be employed here in the late 19th and early 20th century, and a very knowledgeable and empathetic tour guide. Go well wrapped up, as the mill is unheated and can be very cold in winter. Ring up... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Interesting museum and tour and lovely people we met on the tour too. Liked the mill that had been left the same as the day the staff moved out.

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