Stanley Mills

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This site is closed for now. Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available. Machinery was powered initially by water wheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines. As the market changed and new technologies developed, buildings were added, adapted, expanded, shut down, reopened and demolished.The visitor centre tells the stories of those who worked there and the products they made. The superb interactive displays let you discover if your fingers are as nimble as a child labourer’s or compete to see if you are tough enough in business to make the mills profitable.
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Florence E
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
Family trip
Oct 2019
We went with my older teenagers and were surprised by how much we learned from our short visit. Quite a few of the exhibits are interactive, some could be a bit upgraded. It was the end of the day so was very quiet. Staff very welcoming.
Written February 12, 2020
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Julie B
Inverness, UK305 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2019
We really enjoyed our visit to Stanley mills, very interesting and great historic information to read, great views and great to see the historic building I would recommend a vist
Written October 28, 2019
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FiFord
Abergavenny, UK32 contributions
Interesting hidden gem
Oct 2019
Had a wet morning to fill so visited the Mills as it was cool enough to leave the dogs in the car (Historic Scotland not very dog friendly I'm afraid) Interesting site with connections to Cromford Mills in Derbyshire. Spent a couple of hours going around the exhibits and grounds. It is great if you have children as there are interactive displays (although some were not working) There is a coffee machine and snacks available but no other refreshments or cafe available.
Written October 15, 2019
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Martin P
Dundee, UK271 contributions
EARLY INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Sep 2019
Situated at a bend in Britains biggest river by volume one can see why Arkwright developed this site as a cotton mill as there is 5 metre drop in the river here.
The original owner the Duke of Atholl cleared his tenants of potential sheep grazing land so their children could do 12 hour shifts from the age of 9 rather than sail to Nova Scotia.Although there is no machinery left they have done a good job re creating the life of the mill with a well laid out logical tour taking about an hour.
The upper floor which has no lift hasn exhibition of Scotland from the air photos.
There is ample parking no café but excellent ones near by
Written September 15, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Fascinating site
Sep 2019
It's wonderful that this site still exists, albeit with a number of buildings being converted to apartments. But a fabulous three floor museum is dedicated to the mill's glory dates. We had hoped to see more original machinery but what there was was interesting and there were numerous explanatory boards and some nice audio-visuals, particularly for the children. Friendly and helpful staff. Well worth a visit.
Written September 6, 2019
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Allan T
Andover, UK5 contributions
Hidden gem outside Perth
Aug 2019
Spotted Stanley Mills on the Historic Scotland website. Used our English Heritage membership to get free entry. Physically impressive site next to the River Tay. Across about 3 floors there is lots to see and kids should be kept occupied.
No cafe but you can get a coffee. Enthusiastic staff.
Written August 14, 2019
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JayBird58
Kilmarnock, UK290 contributions
Wet day visit
Aug 2019
Even my wife, who loves nothing about industrial history, engineering or social inequality, enjoyed this visit
Being met by helpful, involved and knowledgeable gentlemen at the start was very useful. From then on, interactive support, noticeboards, pictues etc gave a fascinating insight into the history of the mills, the engineering behind the power of the mills and the social impact of the mills on people brought there to wotk
Absolutely fascinating!!!
Please go, even if you think it may be of no interest to you - it will be!!
Written August 11, 2019
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pizzaswirling
Scotland110 contributions
Interesting history and lovely staff
Jun 2019
Visited for the first time, it's a very atmospheric place, rather spooky I felt. The staff were very knowledgeable indeed about the social history, and took time to chat to all the visitors.
The exhibits are interactive for children, and when I visited there was a fantastic Lego exhibition on.
There are stairs but it's quite accessible, and the area is lovely for a walk in the grounds.
Written August 8, 2019
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kirstyld
Scotland31 contributions
Industrial heritage
Aug 2019 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours here looking at the mills and learning about the industrial and social heritage of this area of Perthshire. It felt a little similar to New Lanark but it is less developed for visitors. It was really quiet and you could hav3 spent more time with a picnic outside etc
Written August 4, 2019
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lyndsay
15 contributions
Interesting
Jul 2019 • Family
We visited this place within an hour of closing, but had it all to ourselves which was nice. Staff were very friendly and helpful (so far, all historic scotland staff have been) and my son loved playing with the water display
Written July 30, 2019
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