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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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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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25 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
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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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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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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We started our tour in the museum where they had an exhibition on the first floor. We then met our guide Charlotte who took us to Paradise Mill and as we were only two people it really felt special. She was so so knowledgeable and really enjoyed explaining everything to us. After about one and a half hours we returned... More

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a really lovely place to go for an afternoon out. A very sweet tea room, and a little museum on the Silk Industry in Macclesfield. The staff are all really nice, and there is a cinema upstairs. The building is beautiful and kept in very good condition. Upstairs in the Cinema, all the original features are still in... More

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Lancashire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We took the Guided Tour at noon of factory (Paradise Mill ) with Mike, which took just over 1 hour (3 tours a day from April) The story of life in the mill with working demonstrations. We were the only two on the tour with Mike who took us through the Mill, explaining how Silk manufacturing came to Macclesfield. Only... More

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