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The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Follow the journey of silk making, from cocoon to loom at The Silk Museum. As well as the stunning displays of silk items, there is a fascinating programme of temporary exhibitions to enjoy. Paradise Mill is next door. Step back into the 1930s with a guided tour; see restored Jacquard looms and machinery, and watch as they weave their magic!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We started our tour in the museum where they had an exhibition on the first floor. We then met our guide Charlotte who took us to Paradise Mill and as we were only two people it really felt special. She was so so knowledgeable and really enjoyed explaining everything to us. After about one and a half hours we returned to the mill and had coffee and cake in the pretty little tea room. We then continued our visit to the museum and understood more as we had had the mill machines explained to us. Unfortunately we ran out of time so intend returning in the future.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a really lovely place to go for an afternoon out. A very sweet tea room, and a little museum on the Silk Industry in Macclesfield. The staff are all really nice, and there is a cinema upstairs. The building is beautiful and kept in very good condition. Upstairs in the Cinema, all the original features are still in place, although it isn't the comfyest cinema, it is perfectly enjoyable and quite reasonably priced.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We took the Guided Tour at noon of factory (Paradise Mill ) with Mike, which took just over 1 hour (3 tours a day from April)
The story of life in the mill with working demonstrations. We were the only two on the tour with Mike who took us through the Mill, explaining how Silk manufacturing came to Macclesfield. Only the top floor remains. It is located on the 3rd floor, access by  lift or stairs All original and untouched since they closed in 1981. It looks like all the workers have just finished work and gone home! A great education for both young and old.

The Museum & small cafe is a one minute walk from Paradise Mill.
You can watch a 16 minute DVD presentation, story of Silk in Macclesfield.
There are hands on block printing and  tasks to complete etc etc, good for children of all ages. The museum has so much information that you can quite easily spend a few hours there or  you could walk through it glancing at the displays in 10 minutes.

The staff and volunteers that work from the Silk Museum were both knowledgable and passionate about sharing the history of the Silk industry with us and enjoyed answering questions. We spent 3 hours visiting both buildings and could have stayed longer except for our car park ticket expiring. 
A  Marvelous Attraction. There is also the Herritage Centre, currently being refurbished , but open and free of charge for the time being.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I was very curious as to why Macclesfield had a connection with silk and I've just spent a delightful day discovering the answer. I'm not going to tell you the answer, you need to go yourself.
The tour of Paradise Mill was brilliant and answered all my questions, the tour guide was excellent, much better than just reading information boards. The museum then had lots of items on display, a beautiful silk rug from Kashmir was the highlight for me. Lots of hands on for children to do too. A really well thought out, interesting museum for all ages. Then to top it all it's so near the Derbyshire High Peak if you avoid the motor ways it's a magical journey too.

2  Thank anitainjune
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stepping into Paradise Mill feels very special. Its the kind of place which could so easily be ruined by overly enthusiastic renovation or large crowds and I hope that it manages to survive unspoilt.

I think it is a great shame that you can no longer take photographs and this diminishes the experience. I also can't help but think this is a strange policy - don't photographs = publicity = visitors?

4  Thank wisefamily
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