We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Message from Tripadvisor: Temporarily closed

Coldharbour Mill Museum

141 Reviews
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.
Message from Tripadvisor: Temporarily closed

Coldharbour Mill Museum

141 Reviews
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.
141Reviews4Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 70
  • 42
  • 16
  • 7
  • 6
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
HotJuan wrote a review Oct 2019
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom92 contributions22 helpful votes
Best to check as the flyer we had said it was open except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as do the signs on the entrance. But NO a small sign on the entrance says closed till next year... Well not be coming back again, traveled a long was for not a lot.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from Martin H, General Manager at Coldharbour Mill Museum
Responded Oct 31, 2019
Thank you for your feedback, our apologies you were unable to visit, the mill didn't produce any flyers this year i am sorry to say, I suspect it has come from elsewhere, our website has our latest opening times on it, along with discounts and offers, we are open for our Steam Days in December and January.
Read more
Durnovarian39 wrote a review Oct 2019
Taunton, United Kingdom263 contributions85 helpful votes
Together with 18 others on a wonderfully sunny, but chilly, day had a conducted tour, which was excellent if you like seeing and hearing about our industrial past. Lots of fascinating machinery to see and be demonstrated, taking about an hour. As this was a steam day, we were then able to see everything being driven from the boiler, this however involved not only our group, but many others, as a result couldn’t see or hear properly from the back of a large crowd. So I wandered off and looked around on my own. Found the WW2 air raid shelter with lots of fascinating posters, including one giving instructions on using the toilet 🤔. We were also able to see many working model steam engines in absolutely pristine condition. There is a small cafe and one is able to get around using a mobility scooter, although some of the surfaces (gravel in car park) could be improved and co operation from the group giving enough room to manoeuvre helps 😊 A very interesting way to spend at least a couple of hours.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Janet P wrote a review Sep 2019
Rotherham, United Kingdom106 contributions53 helpful votes
I wasn't bothered about visiting this attraction as I had preconceived ideas - how wrong of me. it was included in our 5 day holiday with Shearings so thought I would go for the ride. It is a very old building but easy to navigate as there is a lift which easily holds 6 people. There is still outisde work going on around the parking area, cutting and burning trees etc. so there was very strong woodsmoke around when we visited, however inside the mill all was much better. We have a guide who was obviously passionate about the history of mills. Not only did he shown and explain all the different stages from the sheep's wool to the finished material. All the machinery was still in order and he switched some of them on so we could briefly hear the noise they made - deafening in some cases. He explained how the mill women and small children had to work at the machinery 12 hours a day, only to leave for a comfort break. The younger children would bring their food to them so they didn't have to stop work and therefore lose money. There is a nice little tea room on site with a limited menu. No hot food but delicious cakes and good quality crisps. We had a slice of carrot cake, a slice of flapjack and 2 lattes which came to £10.80. It is quite dark inside and you really need flat shoes to walk round comfortably. There are toilets at the back of the site, very clean, there are also some in the cafe. The car park is uneven, not tarmac, another reason for flat shoes.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
Share
Traveler576208 wrote a review Aug 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited on a mid August Saturday morning and were first in. It was very quiet but all the exhibits were well signed with informative text and samples of wool in various stages of the process. We also learned about the harsh working conditions of the men and women who worked there including many children from the age of six! Towards the end of our visit one of the staff took the trouble to come and find us to demonstrate one of the working weaving machines. Our many questions were enthusiastically answered and we learned so much more about the method of weaving and the people who used to work with them than we would have done without his demo. Our next stop was the Mill Cafe where we enjoyed coffee and an excellent Victoria sponge in the outside seating area. All to the sounds of the rushing waters of the mill race. We were well looked after by the friendly cafe staff. A great visit highly recommended.
Read more
Date of experience: August 2019
Helpful
Share
G7LFC wrote a review Aug 2019
Ormskirk5 contributions
The web site states, “Today the rich heritage lives on as one of the finest working wool museums where visitors are not just able to relive the sights and sounds of the industrial revolution but also see crafts men and women making traditional textiles, beautiful knitting yarn and hand woven rugs.” We found it very interesting, but there was nothing happening at all. It certainly wasn’t a working museum, a very static one when we were there. There was the tempting sound of a loom operating, but that was in a part of the building we were not allowed in to. There was nobody at all to talk to in the museum, you were just left to read boards that didn’t make too much sense if you weren’t in the industry. I had to come away knowing how some of these amazing machines worked. Unfortunately I am none the wiser. We travelled miles to get here and were very disappointed.
Read more
Date of experience: August 2019
Helpful
Share
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about Coldharbour Mill Museum