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Address: , Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-9443-3619
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Good Afternoon Out

Only a small little place but run by really enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Really interesting mill, still in working order and demonstrated every day. Never knew there were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Only a small little place but run by really enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Really interesting mill, still in working order and demonstrated every day. Never knew there were so many variation of spades, fantastic to see skills of yesterday being kept alive today and tomorrow. Well worth an hour or two of anyone's holiday

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Limavady, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We had been meaning to call here for years but never got round to it. Well, that all changed yesterday and returning from Banbridge we stopped off at Templeoatrick and the spade mill. There is ample car parking and you are made to feel welcome the moment you are spotted by one of the three staff members. A short video... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Great example of industrial age 1800's full working mechanisms still in operation. Living history in action. Well worth a visit if you are interested in industrial age mill techniques. Nowhere else has a working example. Would definitely recommend it. Not for children.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

If you thought spades could be interesting you are severely mistaken. What could have been an interesting journey of an important historical place turned into a long and dragged out lecture about spades, spades and more spades. This is definitely not a place to bring children unless you wish for them to be bored to sleep and yourself also!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Not interactive we walked around saw how to make a spade in different parts but not fun. All you did was watch people do stuff and didn't get to do anything yourself.

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Bangor
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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