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“Definitely worth a stop!”
Review of Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills
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$43.71*
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Ranked #10 of 66 things to do in Perth
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Owner description: Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available. Machinery was powered initially by water wheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines. As the market changed and new technologies developed, buildings were added, adapted, expanded, shut down, reopened and demolished.The visitor centre tells the stories of those who worked there and the products they made. The superb interactive displays let you discover if your fingers are as nimble as a child labourer’s or compete to see if you are tough enough in business to make the mills profitable. Hear the clamour of the factory floor and see how engineers harnessed the energy of the Tay as well as the machinery that turned raw cotton into products sold around the world.
Reviewed November 8, 2013

We visited Stanley Mills while in the Perth area on vacation and really enjoyed it - definitely worth a stop! The building was very interesting and they have done a great job of restoring it! The interactive displays were well done and helped you to understand what life was like at the mill. We also liked how they went I to good detail on how the mill actually worked - with some more interactive displays. Definitely worth the visit if you are in the area

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is one of the most moving heritage locations I have visited. Stand alone in the atmospheric factory floor and allow the sound effects to take you back in time to an age when life was a little less comfortable than it is today. A great destination for a fascinating day out.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited the Mill as my husband was interested. As no real café facilities one of the staff was kind enough to recommend a Hotel in the village. It was very good - The Tayside Hotel. As to the visit I enjoyed the interactive activities which were aimed at children but interesting.

1  Thank Sue S
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Strange place really...promises so much in terms of the very impressive buildings but fails to deliver on any level really other than to make you very appreciative that we live in a world far removed from the miserable existence experienced by the workers in this mill during most of its history.
The restoration of the buildings - mostly into fairly upmarket housing - is very impressive if a bit sterile - no real feeling of it's history remains.
A few bits and pieces of equipment are on show but not really enough to give you a good understanding of the way this place must have been when it was a working mill. Many of the interactive story boards were not functioning which didn't really help.
One can't help thinking that so much more could be done to this place to make it a really worthwhile tourist attraction - sadly in its present form it really is hardly worth the trouble.

2  Thank DonHendersonScotland
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

A bit unexpected to find a large former industrial complex tucked away in the Perthshire countryside. Now a mix of museum and converted to flats. The museum of well presented with a mix of hands on exhibits, screens, original material and imaginative interpretation. It makes good use of stories from local people too. The demonstration of different waterwheels and turbines where you turned on a pump of water and used sluice gate to manage the flow was great fun (and we didn't even have kids with us!)

The setting is also striking, on a bend on the Tay with wooded cliffs. There is also a small hydro station.

Downsides - it hasn't got a tearoom and the loos are about as far away from the entrance as could be!

Thank P&AEdinburgh
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