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Whitchurch Silk Mill
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Owner description: The Mill and Riverside Cafe are now closed for refurbishment as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded 'Preserving the Fabric Project'. Due to reopen Summer 2018, please check our website for details. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves British silk fabrics using Victorian machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. An historic silk mill. Whether you're machine-mad, an admirer of silk fabrics, a child learning about the Victorians, or just looking for a delightful day out in Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill has something for you:> the original mill wheel and Victorian machinery;> fabulous fabrics on the looms;> a shop to indulge in silk products from the Mill, and much more;> peaceful setting by the River Test, with tearoom for lunch and refreshments.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Rating this is difficult. Compared to similar attractions it's probably a 4, as a place to visit by itself it's nearer the 3 I've given it.
I bought tickets when they came up on an offer through Amazon Local, having heard of the mill but had never been there. A quick look around their website confirmed what I thought, that this was a small place and that although it was a working mill it wasn't worked full time. When I visited the wheel wasn't working and although some warping was done there was no weaving in progress. It was still interesting to see the tools and machinery and the videos were informative. It was very much as I expected and I've no doubt had I phoned beforehand I could have found out what days/times there would have been more activity.
As it was a sunny day the setting was magnificent, I could have sat and watched the river, ducks and fish for a lot longer than I did.
If you haven't looked at the website, or have and still think it's a family day out, be aware that you won't need to spend a lot of time there even if everything is working, but it's still worth a visit if you're interested in historical buildings and machinery.
(The cake I had in the tea room was very nice!)

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Glorious sunny day and wonderful to see the Trout in the river Test. Interesting history and building with a water wheel from c1890 and nice to see a piece of history still in operation. As a Vintage Fair was on there was nowhere to park except the School which was back up the road but luckily no charge was made. Nice tearoom and the Ladies of the Vintage Fair had decorated it with some very attractive floral displays. Hard pressed to eke out an hour looking round as not really that much to see.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I purchased a specially priced coupon for two people to go to the Silk Mill and am so glad I didn't pay full price for it. The best part was watching the very fast flowing river and the lovely ducks wandering in the grounds. We only saw about 5 members of staff, 2 on entering taking your money, 2 in the cafe and only 1 worker in the Mill. The 'working Mill' was a large room with 1 lady weaving. You are unable to enter this room and can only look through the windows. It was impossible to see what the worker was doing from this position. It would be much better if they allowed you to go in the room obviously putting barriers up to stop you going too near the machines but making it possible to see what was going on. Included in the price was 2 free drinks (just about covered the cost of the ticket). We noticed that the ladies in the gift shop were offering free entry for a year if you made a purchase and gift aided it. I wouldn't think that too many people would want to return, we certainly wouldn't!

1  Thank Amie34
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Having looked at the web page for the mill it appeared to be a nice place to visit, however I would advise anyone thinking of going to think twice. Sure the building is lovely but from then on things go down hill. The route into the mill takes you around the building straight into the restaurant and then leaves you feeling rather lost as there appears to be no signs to follow. Once you have found your way back down stairs you basically end up where you started. On the ground floor is where the weaving takes place which is behind a glass screen with very little going on behind it, outside there is a sign to the waterwheel which was not working. The shop appears to be bigger online than it is in reality. The one plus is the guide book at least you can learn more from that rather than taking a trip around the mill. I felt it was poor value for money and would not recommend you go there unless you have 5 minutes to spare because that's all it takes to go round the place.

4  Thank Nigel G
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We purchased a Groupon voucher for the Silk Mill which also included a hot drink each.

It is no doubt a beautiful old building and in a beautiful setting next to the River Test. There are some short informative videos but, maybe we were unlucky, no one doing the Silk thing so we had to be satisfied with looking at the equipment they use which wasn't so exciting.

We enjoyed a lovely drink in the self service cafe and, because the weather was so glorious, sat for half an hour outside enjoying the sunshine and watching the birds and the river.

If we had paid full price for this visit we would not have been impressed - it certainly doesn't warrant a £4.50 each entrance fee. Maybe that is why it was so very quiet on a lovely Bank holiday Monday?

2  Thank Sarah D
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