Stanley Mills
Stanley Mills
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. 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.
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Guide773346
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Absolutely excellent experience visiting the Stanley Mills, incredibly helpful and friendly staff, good introduction to the site on the first floor which set us up for the rest of the visit. Chatting with the staff helped us expand our visit to take in part of the riverbanks. Really enjoyable and informative stop.
Written 20 August 2023
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robertaberdeen71
Aberdeen, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I have rated my visit as 'excellent' because (thanks to the member of staff whom I met at the outset and who was so helpful and co-operative when it came to looking to tailor my visit to meet what I had in mind for it ) in the three hours I spent in looking around a key area of the original mill, and in reading and listening to all the support material, and trying out the 'hands on' experiences, I gained everything from my three hours there which I had hoped to gain.
I am probably not a typical 'customer', as I was looking at this mill visit with a view to assessing its suitability for school visits and, if so, for what age groups, and for what reasons.
For a teacher willing to undertake the required preparation, and to pitch what they do there at the level which the pupils in their charge that day require, I myself would have been very happy (I am a retired former teacher and teacher trainer) to take along pupils between the ages of, say, 11 years and 18 years.
As an adult, I know I would be happy to take along there anyone I know aged 11 or over, PROVIDED THAT I thought they would manage to demonstrate an interest in what is on offer, and be willing to dispense with their phone and engage with their surroundings and not spend the whole time wondering where the nearest cafe is.
Anyone with an interest in industrial history, in social history, in humans' inventiveness, and in the changing attitudes over the years on the part of factory owners and managers to what sort of working conditions their employees (including young children) could reasonably expect to 'enjoy' will learn a lot from what is on offer here.
The potential of the place excited me. If were still a teacher whose remit included covering the 18th and 19th centuries in the UK, and if I lived in comfortable reach of the place, I would certainly be heading there with my charges, but having made sure to do my own 'homework' first, including visiting the place in advance on my own.
The resulting 'package' could be used year after year, to very good effect.
Written 26 June 2023
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Laurie L
Plymouth, MN607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We could tell this is an under funded part of the museum system but they’ve done a really good job transitioning from a mill to museum despite it.
Very interesting insight into the manufacturing towns where people had to live during the clearing (with their children so the mill could have cheap labor)
The old mill and surrounding water works was fascinating - adding to the history of power in the area from hydro onwards
Has one of the best hands on displays of hydro power we’ve ever seen in any museum in the world. It will turn any adult into a kid playing with water
Written 20 June 2023
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533John_C533
London, UK137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
An excellent venue and well worth a visit. The staff were great. Extremely helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The exhibition itself is clearly displayed and very informative. The interactive models - demonstrating how water powered the various spinning machines, etc (in the basement) - are totally addictive. Just press the green button and vary the sluice gates.
There is plenty of parking, a picnic area and refreshments available near the till, It’s worth visiting for the stunning scenery alone (next to the River Tay.).

Overall, highly recommended, especially if you’re interested in social, economic or industrial history - or you simply like seeing how things work.
Written 29 May 2023
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Jayne F
195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Me and My partner visited on the 9th of May the staff were very knowledgeable and we were happy with our visit we would visit again if in the area thank you
Written 10 May 2023
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Pollee P
Glasgow, UK87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Absolutely nothing to see except information boards and a couple of machines, which is a real shame. It just cannot compete with New Lanark Mills unfortunately. Beautiful out side and staff were lovely but would not go again.
Written 7 May 2023
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Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit to the site. We take value for money very seriously, and we believe there is a wealth to see and do at Stanley Mills. You can explore the mill buildings to discover the many changes that took place over 200 years and get an insight into the lives of the mill workers. You can also enter the Bell Mill, one of the world’s oldest surviving factories, which is largely unchanged, and visit the Mid Mill, built in the 1820s during an era of expansion. For children, we also offer a fun fact-finding quiz. Thanks again for your review.
Written 17 May 2023
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Edinburgh_food_fan
Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What a stunning place, well worth a trip. Me and the kids went yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed our trip on a grey rainy day. This place must be stunning in the sunshine. Amazing buildings and setting and the exhibits were great. The children’s loved the interactive mill exhibits.
Written 30 April 2023
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Skintbloke
Aberdeen, UK264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We were brought up in Perth and never knew about this place. It is an historical site well worth a visit. It has been saved by splitting it into a historic site and houses. If you have an hour or so please visit!
Written 25 April 2023
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OkeyDoke
Isle of Wight, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is the original 200+ year old mill. Some of the buildings are now private apartments but the mills themselves are open to the public as a museum and gave a good insight into how the mills worked, with interactive displays and information boards at each point.
I am a wheelchair user and was able to get around each floor via lifts and ramps where needed. The gatehouse with information on the walls also had a ramp fitted.
There are disabled toilets on each floor
The volunteer working there was incredibly knowledgable, friendly and helpful.
Written 8 October 2022
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eileenwilson56
Dunblane, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Very interesting Historic Environment Scotland property. The 18th Century Mill has been developed into a partly residential and partly museum centre on the banks of the River Tay. The visitor centre/museum was excellent with fascinating and well presented exhibits including working models and visitor participation options. The staff were extremely helpful, informative and friendly.
We were also lucky that Stanley Mills was hosting the “unforgettable” project about the lives of historical figures who shaped and were shaped by Scottish life, but who may not have featured in our traditional historical records. This too, was excellent.
Written 7 September 2022
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