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“Somewhere to spend an interesting couple of hours”

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.
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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442 reviews
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“Somewhere to spend an interesting couple of hours”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

A very interesting place to visit. It has a small car park for disabled travellers although I was trapped in by some unhelpful car driver not displaying a badge. The tour round the the mill did not take too long but was interesting with several 1to 2 minutes presentations on TV screens. There is a lift up to the 2nd floor but no access to the third. The self service cafe on the second floor is on trust, visitors paying at the shop/reception. It is not somewhere to visit on more than one occasion.
The River Test has Brown Trout, Ducks and Swans to keep children interested.

Visited September 2013
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is an interesting place to visit, I am not particularly interested in silk but the history is fascinating.

Worth dropping to just for a look.

Visited August 2013
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Portsmouth
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“Interesting but not using its full potential.”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Lovely setting, the water and trout great, the mill has been restored well but lacks any real feeling. You are left to watch a video first, then to find your own way round with a few signs and videos to guide you as you go. I felt it would have been more enjoyable to have a guide explaining or demonstrations the machinery rather than looking at looms & machinery standing idle.
The cafe is self service which offers drinks & cakes, you take a slip, mark off what you have and pay on the way out. Very trusting but a smiling face with a better range of food would enhance the ambiance of the place. (Others commented on this as well).
I agree the shop was dissapointing with the range of products being sold, but overall we passed a pleasant hour here.

Visited August 2013
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“Interesting place - but could be better”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I visited The Silk Mill today and it has a lot going for it but it's one of those places that is crying out for more to be done. The buildings are lovely and it's a scenic spot full of atmosphere and whilst I hate over-done places this could just do with a bit more oomph. The crystal-clear waters, the grounds (not huge), the trout, and the wonderful old machinery were well worth the trip - but the self-service eatery, the lack-lustre seating area, the shop with rather over-priced goods (eg the £50 cushion reduced to £20 that still seemed expensive) let the trip down. But Whitchurch is a nice little town and looking round it, the tour around The Silk Mill and lunch in a nearby pub filled 4/5 hours.

Visited August 2013
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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“Pleasant interlude and informative”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

A pleasing stop in the Test Valley. The river flows quickly through the site (the main reason it is there obviously, for the water power) and the trout are easy to see in the clear water. The story of silk and how it is extracted, spun and weaved is concisely told in a series of videos and there is enough machinery to get a visual impression of the mill in full operation. The self-serve restaurant is a nice stop with an honour system in place so you pay when you get back to the shop. There are several hands-on stations for younger members to "have a go" and a wall of fame showing the various films and TV shows the mill has produced silk materials for. Parking (free) is probably best in the library car park next door as the mill site is very restricted.

Visited July 2013
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