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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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Athens, Greece
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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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25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
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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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I was very curious as to why Macclesfield had a connection with silk and I've just spent a delightful day discovering the answer. I'm not going to tell you the answer, you need to go yourself. The tour of Paradise Mill was brilliant and answered all my questions, the tour guide was excellent, much better than just reading information boards.... More

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stepping into Paradise Mill feels very special. Its the kind of place which could so easily be ruined by overly enthusiastic renovation or large crowds and I hope that it manages to survive unspoilt. I think it is a great shame that you can no longer take photographs and this diminishes the experience. I also can't help but think this... More

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