The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill

The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill, Macclesfield: Hours, Address, The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill

The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
4.5
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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!
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2-3 hours
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boyd1952
Newton Aycliffe, UK866 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
A very warm welcome awaits you on entry. The museum starts with a couple of information films. The family who started the mill where,how & why. Lots of information & artifacts to see. The machine room full of looms you can imagine the noise that was created. A small museum full of interesting artifacts.
Nice shop with beautiful silk gifts.
Written 19 June 2022
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Elizabeth J
Middlesex3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I was delighted with our guided tour around the Paradise Mill especially as the guide had given up time to show us around when they realised how keen we were to see the mill. Anyone with an interest in textile weaving, and especially silk, will find the working Jaquard looms fascinating and my husband found the link to early computer programming equally interesting.
Written 16 May 2022
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Dornick
London, UK237 contributions
Mar 2022
Having read about The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill in the periodical Art Quarterly, my interest was piqued. With a friend, I took a day return by train from London to Macclesfield. Nicola at the museum took us and others on an hour’s tour of Paradise Mill. What an absorbing, intriguing and interesting tour that proved to be and her obvious enthusiasm made the mill come alive again. The Silk Museum houses a vast range of nicely displayed and fascinating historical exhibits connected to the silk weaving /production business and the special exhibition called Macc Stripes is particularly noteworthy. The shop sells some really quality silk pieces and I couldn’t resist falling for a delightful lime green pure silk handkerchief edged in pink silk. All members of staff are helpful and charming. It was one of the most engaging days out I’ve had in a long time. Mill and Museum are a gem.
Written 24 March 2022
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Bayfield321
Halstead, UK62 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Amazing! Thank you so much, Daisy provided a really interesting and vibrant tour of Paradise Mills, she involved the children and made the whole experience enthralling! The Silk Museum is very well worth a visit, lovely staff, friendly cafe and shop, certainly worth a few hours of your time on any visit to Macclesfield.
Written 20 February 2022
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PaulB022
Nantwich, UK26 contributions
Jan 2022
I went with a small group of friends to this quirky, fascinating museum. I say 'quirky' in the most positive way. Where else would you find a museum, a working mill and an Egyptian collection? Oh and it also had a nice tea room and gift shop. A super experience. Probably the best part was the guide's explanation and demonstration of the working mill. It was exceptional and all the staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Written 11 February 2022
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phil b
Macclesfield, UK17 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Wonderful museum. Full of fascinating exhibits connected to the silk industry. It’s well worth booking the guided tour of the mill. Very interesting & the working machinery was fascinating. It’s the third time I’ve taken friends who are visiting Macclesfield there, and they have all been very impressed.
The Tunnicliffe exhibits are also beautiful
Written 9 January 2022
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Thank you for your kind review. All of our team are very proud to be part of these inspirational museums. Please keep an eye out for our exhibition and event programmes and of course there is time still to enjoy the Charles Tunnicliffe prints as they are on show until the beginning of April 2022.
Written 2 February 2022
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Shellyshell22
Leicester, UK10 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Best museum we’ve visited in a long, long time. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the silk mill, so steeped in history and the tour guide was superb and bought the mill alive with his commentary. Incredible to see the looms working and hear about the day to day workings of the mill and all of the intricate processes - the chance to do interactive activities really made a difference too, especially with the younger members of our party.
Written 6 December 2021
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ShropshireOldfart
Shropshire265 contributions
Oct 2021
Being retired we visit an awful lot of museums, the Silk Museum is one of the best. The static displays in the main museum are very interesting but the real gem is Paradise Mill next door where you can go on a tour, see the machines in action and learn a great deal about silk weaving. Make sure you book a tour, otherwise you are missing a treat.

In the museum there are 1940 maps of Germany printed on silk which airmen could screw up very small, hide them amongst their clothes and then use them to plan their escape if they were shot down. My son, who is in the RAF, has a map of Afghanistan printed on silk, they still issue silk maps to airmen just in case they get trapped behind enemy lines! A low tech solution but it works.
Written 29 November 2021
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F R
24 contributions
Nov 2021
Absolutely fascinating place - Mill and Museum. A brilliantly knowledgeable and engaging guide, Daniel, led a tour around the mill which was simply overwhelming. A real glimpse into a rich piece of history the mill is an absolute gem - do not miss this experience. Daniel shared lots of little stories about the silk manufacturing history and process which really enhanced the experience. Cannot recommend this place enough. I just made the tour in time by accident so make sure you book a slot.

The museum is beautiful. So much to see and read and it's all incredible. My mind was blown.

I strongly suggest giving this place a full half day e.g. tour in the morning - break - then the museum or vice versa. There's a little tea shop attached for the break. There's a lot to see and soak in and it can get rather overwhelming with all the info and machinery to examine. I was there for 3 hours and I could have stayed another hour easily but had a very long drive back home so needed to leave.

Trust me - don't rush. It's beautiful.
Written 6 November 2021
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Brenda R
South West England, UK94 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
The museum was very clean and social distancing and face masks were encouraged
The staff were very pleasant and well informed
There was a very good exhibition of silk dresses
The small cafe was very good
Small gift shop
The mill was a good experience,the young guide was very good he was so knowledgeable and had only worked there for 4 years but had taught himself to weave and had rebuilt two looms .
Written 27 September 2021
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