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“Silk Mill” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill
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Owner description: A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves British silk fabrics using Victorian machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. An historic silk mill. Whether you're machine-mad, an admirer of silk fabrics, a child learning about the Victorians, or just looking for a delightful day out in Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill has something for you:> the original mill wheel and Victorian machinery;> fabulous fabrics on the looms;> a shop to indulge in silk products from the Mill, and much more;> peaceful setting by the River Test, with tearoom for lunch and refreshments.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Silk Mill”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Pleasant surroundings but not much to see for the money

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English first
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“Whitchurch Silk Mill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

Beautiful old building with a fully working watermill. A wonderful piece of history to experience today.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Eric B
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“Best to visit during the week”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

It would be best to visit during the week when people are actually working in the mill. We visited at the weekend so not much happening or to see.

Visited April 2012
Thank lovescruising
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

Amazing to see the silk being coloured and woven, quite impressive and the products are varied, they do stuff all over the world.

Everyone is very happy to talk and tell of the craft, a unique experience not to be missed

Visited July 2011
Thank Badger1953
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London, United Kingdom
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“Old working mill - a short visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

This represents very good value for money for a family ticket in order to see a real old working mill.
It is all on a small scale and not geared up for large numbers of people.
It is what I can only describe as a little bit of untouched England without modern commercialisation of a tourist attraction.

Easy to follow the signs around and read the bits of history.
Some nice hands on items for all but particularly the kids.
All could get close up to the waterwheel and see the mechanisms from there and the belts to drive
all the many machines. All safe.
Basic cafe with delightul views of the small river and English country.
Really nice to have fresh coffee whilst the kids had races to build the scale model workings of the mill by fitting cogs and belts together.
Interesting to see the pictures on the walls in the cafe of the many actresses who have worn the silk spun in the mill.

All of us had a go without any guidance on the manual weaving machines.
Just simply following the instructions.

Ok so there weren't anyone demonstrating or working at the time of the visit but the was plenty of information of display and hands on equipment to fully get to grip on how it works now and many decades ago.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Harvey0010
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