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Patterson's Spade Mill

Address: Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-9443-3619
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Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

An enjoyable and informative day out,especially if you are into your history and like little anecdotes

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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176 reviews 176 reviews
69 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The BFM and no 1 daughter went to Pattersons Saw Mill as part of the European Heritage Open Days 751 Antrim Road Templepatrick BT39 0AP United Kingdom http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pattersons-spade-mill 028 9443 3619 What a trip down memory lane and how clever our early engineers were!! The Mill was started in 1917 by the Pattersons and was bought by the National Trust... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I was not too sure what to expect but this was well worth the trip. Very enthusiastic guides not only explained how this water mill had been converted to drive the machinery required to enable this mill to produce 140 spades a day but they actually did it in front of a fascinated audience. We watched a lump of steel... More 

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Albany, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Visiting from Australia having married a local girl 35 years ago and found this little gem. The enthusiasm of the staff was commendable and we will be telling friends to make it a "Must see"

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
15 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband phoned the Pattersons information number and a recorded message informed him that the mill was open for visits.We drove over 30 miles to look around the mill only to find when we arrived that they were closed. On phoning the national trust to complain about our 64 mile wasted round trip I was told that the Trust's website... More 

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Limavady, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Not really my thing Spades but I am a farmer's wife (so I feigned interest) actually it was quite interesting and loved the old sheds and original production equipment National Trust guys very welcoming, friendly and seemed to know their stuff (but I know nothing about spade making!!!). Not particularly easy to access if you have mobility problems as there... More 

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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Visited this attraction as it is a National Trust property and we are members. Surprising interesting. Very friendly and informative staff.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Visited the spade mill today with my nephew. The tour was great and very informative. Well worth a visit. Well done to the national trust for keeping a place like this open

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
119 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Visited here as part of an extended weekend to visit Belfast and the Titanic quarter, as we are NT members if was free and had an absolutely fantastic hour and half, the two guys running the place were great and the tour was both informative, interesting and very well done. Would strongly recommend a visit to anyone in the area.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Went here with the family as we are National Trust members and this attraction is FREE to members. The tour last approxamatly 1 hour with plentiful information from your host. All the kilns get fired up for you no matter how big or small the group. Just for our family of 3 the hole show was put on. It is... More 

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