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“Hidden gem”

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Ranked #27 of 157 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

I have lived in Leeds for ten years and, shamefully, only just got round to visiting the industrial museum. I am glad I did. The place gives a feel of industrial life in Leeds and how the many factories operated. I particularly loved the early 20th century cinema and the short film on the history of Leeds. Who would have guessed that Adel church is the oldest building in Leeds. Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank JColeslaw
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“Full of interesting historical stuff”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This place is packed full with information and historical objects. Lots to see and do with plenty of pratical demonstrations going on. The majority of the displays are based around the textile industry and its development and modernisation.
However it was interesting to discover the role Leeds and West Yorkshire had in the development of the film business with the first moving pictures being shot in Leeds.
I did not realise there was so much of a train buildong industry in Leeds and thought a bit more could have been made of ths. I visited midweek but at weekends they do run a small gauge steam train.

The museum is set in an old mill alongside the Leeds And Liverpool canal

Surprised there was no cafe although there is a very pleasant picnic area

Free car parking is available

Not an easy place to locare , the postcode on the website does not seem to get you there, not many signs up even when you get there.

Saying that i enjoyed my visit, well worth £3.40

Visited May 2013
3 Thank alfie50
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Newcastle under Lyme
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“This place won't disappoint”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was my second visit to Armley Mills, this time in the day time with the same friend I went on the ghost walk with back in October last year. It was even better in the day with much more accessible and with the theatre also being open and showing old style films. We had a very knowledgeable guide who also liked throwing in where certain sayings came from such as "knocking on and knocking off", "Came a cropper" and other such sayings. For the £3.40 it cost me to get in, it was well worth it. The picnic area outside was also very pleasant. I can see myself going back to Armley Mills again and again!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Lucy P
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“Lots to see on the industrial heritage of Leeds.”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Very interesting demonstration of equipment used in the 19th century to process wool by knowledgeable local man. Exhibits well displayed. Lots to see. Excellent value for money. No cafe though but picnic area available.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank sheepygold
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“Really interesting and lovely helpful staff”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Really interesting from a historical point of view. The staff all really friendly and helpful. Such a shame leeds city council don't invest more money into the place that is the heritage of the people of leeds! The info around is great, the staff knowledgable. Went with all my family, parents, kids etc some part not east to access but the staff will take you to each floor by lift. Only problem I had was finding it as the postcode on website was wrong the postcode is
LS12 2QF! The postcode on website will not get you there by satnav and their were not enough signposts! Even from the car park the entrance not obvious! Enjoyed it.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Alwallsg
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