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“Interesting, informatve and great value - an excellent experience!”

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: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Interesting, informatve and great value - an excellent experience!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

We were just passing through Macclesfield but decided to stop for a couple of hours to look at the Museum. What an unexpected treat! Although it's a "split" site, the staff were very helpful in telling us what we could see and where we could see it. We were struck by the low cost of admission - and what good value that turned out to be!
Owing to time constraints we were more-or-less limited to the main site, showing the origins of silk and some silk products, but it was absolutely fascinating and very well laid out. There was a good introductory slide show, and then a tour of the exhibits that gave you a good grasp of the kinds of things produced. There was also an interesting focus on social conditions in the Macclesfield area as the silk industry waxed and waned. It was all fascinating, with well-displayed and well-labelled exhibits that were not too academic.
The Museum Shop was a bit pricey - to be expected given that silk is still a luxury item - but there were all sorts of interesting books and art and craft works there as well. We actually spent over £60 in the shop - by some margin a record for us in that kind of place!
We had lunch in the café - again, high quality and good value with an interesting choice of salads and snacks. I had a Walnut, Stilton and Pear Salad - imaginative and beautifully fresh.
The staff were uniformly helpful and friendly, which added to our enjoyment of the visit. All-in-all, a top-class visit - we'll be going back!

Visited July 2013
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Tremendous - well worth a visit”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I have no interest in silk, fabrics or fashion so I was not expecting much. What a shock. It must be one of the best industrial type museums in the country - and such an unsung gem. The array of antiquated machinery in the mill is superbly preserved and the guide was really enthusiatic and informative. The nearby Silk Museum is good but not awesome. Paradise Mill is awesome. Styal Mill is only 10 miles away and has such a high profile compared with this. In terms of value for money Paradise Mill beats Styal Mill hands down.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank HydeSeek
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“smooth as silk”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

brilliant had 4 hours to do something started with the silk museum fantastic guided tour around the mill and a very nice educated tour it was. there are three museums about 7 pounds. worth every penny i did 2 attractions 5 pound .25 pence for both i didn't have time to do the heritage centre but will next time i am sure its worthwhile

Visited June 2013
Thank elvis408
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Westcliff on sea
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

This was on our itinerary of places to visit, and to be honest anything to do with silk didnt really appeal to me, but I really did enjoy it, we went round with a guide, who explained how everything worked, and see the conditions that these poor beings had to work in was incredible. A definite must if your in the area.

Visited June 2013
Thank 342Rosemaie
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

Until today I had no idea this place existed and I was blown away. For a relatively small museum in a small town, this is a real hidden gem. Suitable for adults and kids, there is everything from original working looms at the Paradise Mill site to period clothing displays that the V&A would be proud of and a Victorian school room in the Heritage Centre where kids can experience a real lesson in the Victorian style (proper "old school experience"!).
I would definitely recommend this place. It's much better and bigger than you'd expect and I know from speaking to local people that it needs your support to maintain and preserve this fascinating part of our heritage.

Visited May 2013
Thank GJS1974
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