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The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

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Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
Phone Number: 01625 612045
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Something to do on a rainy day in Macclesfield.

Well worth the £8 (£7 OAP rate) to see the preserved machinery and history of textile manufacturing in Macclesfield. There is a small cafe on site for a cake and a coffee. Guided... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Trevor J
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth the £8 (£7 OAP rate) to see the preserved machinery and history of textile manufacturing in Macclesfield. There is a small cafe on site for a cake and a coffee. Guided tours leave the main building three times day around the middle of the day. Situated along the street is Paradise Mill, a fully preserved silk mill left... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our New Zealand visitors to see The Silk Museum, the guy who runs the tour is very knowledgable and could answer all questions asked by the people on the tour. Who knew silk could be so interesting. There were children on the tour and he made it interesting for all age groups. The tour is in two parts,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting displays but the highlight was. being shown round the silk mill next door. There was an exhibition of fabric art on which was a bonus.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The reason I have done two reviews here is because these are two distict attractions and should not be lumped together like they are on here . Paradise mill itself is the top floor of an original working silk mill (The other floors are rented out to ensure its survival ) This is a really important part of our industrial... More 

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Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband used to live here over 50 years ago and worked in one of the mills in the area during his Uni holidays. The tour of the mill was really interesting, seeing the looms working was amazing. It's was so wnderful to see that this old mill is being preserved fir future generations to see how hard our forbears... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with friends - our first time in Macclesfield. We booked the guided tour of the Paradise Mill (which is next door to the museum). Excellent guide. Really interesting tour of about an hour, we saw the looms and bobbins and learnt about the silk worms! The museum supplemented what we had seen - truly astonishing collection of silk... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited the museum and found it fascinating. There were lots of things about silk that I was unaware of and the long history it has and its links with Macclesfield.. Staff there were very friendly and helpful and it ahs a small but well stocked gift shop.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

An interesting visit. Make sure you get the guided tour with a guide to explain what everything is and how it works otherwise you are just looking at a load of machinery.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

How can I have lived in Macclesfield 17 years and yet never found this absolute gem. The mill tour is a must and now we'll have all our visitors through there. It has been left pretty much the day the workers left as the mill closed. It is such a privilege to walk round the machines, touch the last fabric... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I had promised myself a visit from t'other side of the Pennines, and found it was the last chance to see the 'opening up the pattern books' exhibition, so off I went. It did not disappoint. The silk museum is a bit tardis-like and full of fascinating machinery for making fringes, and covering tassels with intricate patterns. Very good explanations... More 

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