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“Enjoyable intetesting and in need of support”

Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Hemel Hempstead
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Owner description: Frogmore Paper Mill is the world's oldest mechanised paper mill ... the birthplace of paper's industrial revolution. Operated by Apsley Paper Trail, a dedicated conservation and education charity, it is still a working paper mill but the emphasis is now firmly on providing a fascinating (and different) visitor experience. Our paper machines are both well over 100 years old and much of the mill is exactly as it was at the end of the 19th century, while Victoria was still on the throne. On your visit, you will be escorted around the mill by one of our volunteer guides. They will show you the machinery and explain all about the processes and the power sources that have a role in the thousand years of industrial heritage that Frogmore has witnessed. You'll find out all about the curious history of paper and papermaking as well as seeing how handmade paper is made and even have the chance to make a handmade sheet of your own. You will also learn about letterpress printing, its history and its practise and can ponder the huge impact that paper and print have had on the world that we live in today. If you are looking for a visit that offers something different from the usual fare but is still active and intriguing, then we can promise you that you will find a visit to Frogmore Paper Mill, anything but 'run of the mill'.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Visited yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our tour guide Bev was excellent , knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A gem of a place . In desperate need of support and funding. First place in the world to machine make paper and they have to fight for every penny . So important that we dont allow this part of history to be lost .

Thank TraceyS1968
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Visited August bank holiday with friends. It was very quiet, with very few visitors. There is still a small scale paper making operation on site but the large and most historic machinery has been shut down for many years due to running costs which is a shame.

The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, but I couldn't help feeling that they were struggling with funding and being able to attract enough visitors. We ourselves only went because of a 50% off Groupon deal.

Anyway it filled an afternoon, and our friends enjoyed it.

Thank Terry R
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

I took my 2 foster children and my grandson here,with my mum, the children are small for age but were 3 years and 4 years old, my children find these things interesting,while making paper ,which the children enjoyed, they were constantly told, don't put a thumbs in it, don't do this, and 1 child's didn't come out, but wasn't helped to do another one, and no one else was there, we was told the tour wouldn't be suitable for my children ,, how do they know that ?? We was rushed through to see the only working paper machine, we was in there 2 mins if that , the cafe was shut, the boat trip wasn't on either, octal disappointment, wouldn't waste my money !!!!

Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Quite interesting experience. Really liked the possibility to make paper myself, even if I didn't succeed because I was too fast. Very friendly guide. But it is not worth to come here earlier as on your own (before the tour), there is little to see and several minutes is enough. Better come just before the tour and after the tour finishes, you have freedom to look around or to buy a coffee or smth, so you spend as much time for that as you wish. We arrived an hour before the tour and had little to do, so it was a bit of time wasting. NB: there is no normal food at the cafe, only drinks and sweet snacks. Oh and there is some choice of very cheap books (second hand) to buy at the cafe.

Thank linaona
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

it was so interesting.It was so good to see local history preserved.there was loads of historical information.It was fantastic to see the old machinery still in use and to learn all about paper making.The mill is the last one left in the area and is a heritage sight.A really great place to visit

Thank eddie059
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