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Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills Mill Road | Stanley, Perth PH1 4QE, Scotland
+44 1738 828268
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Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. 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. Hear the clamour of the factory floor and see how engineers harnessed the energy of the Tay as well as the machinery that turned raw cotton into products sold around the world.
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Stanley Mills Mill Road | Stanley, Perth PH1 4QE, Scotland
+44 1738 828268

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Didn't know of it but glad we went. Lots to see and history of the mill well laid out.

Thank carmass
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really impressive restoration. Exhibition space is really well thought out. We loved the interactive stuff. Adored the water exhibit so much we went back for another play. Apart from the fun aspect , you get a very good idea of what it must have been...More

1  Thank JMS16
Reviewed 4 June 2017

When this large, derelict mill was acquired by Historic Scotland, part of it was converted into flats and one wing restored as a mill museum. There are videos, displays, models and renovated machinery (non-working) explaining the history of the cotton mill and its workers. It's...More

1  Thank jon0269
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

A large site but only partly open to visitors. Found it strange no signs of where to park the car. Entrance needs clearly marking. Once inside plenty of interactive displays and information. Loved the water flow exhibit and can see our grandchildren loving it. Overall...More

1  Thank prowcc
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Really good visit. Friendly and informative staff. Displays and interpretative boards, games and exhibits really well thought through and fun. This could easily have been a dusty old site with boring information. It's not, it's really engaging and interesting. Lovely walk along the river afterwards.

1  Thank acumbrianlass
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We went out to Stanley mills hoping to see machinery. Alas, all were removed and what they have was salvaged from ash heaps elsewhere. They have gone to great pains to make exhibits klid-frendly so if you are traveling with children, this may merit a...More

1  Thank Marguerite a
Reviewed 10 May 2017

The mills have an excellent display of information regarding the history of the mill. There are also good interactive displays. I suppose the smaller scale of the mill makes it harder to compete with places like New Lanark. One serious issue arose that I hope...More

1  Thank John K
ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Stanley Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Stanley Mills. Your review has been passed to the manager of the site who expresses their apologises for this incident. Please be assured that the appropriate conduct regarding this has been passed on to members of staff...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Stanley Mills. The exhibits are well laid out and the interactive nature adds to the experience. Limited refreshments available. Lovely walk along the river Tay from the Mills.

1  Thank Karen R
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Stanley Mills - built in 1780s and an active cotton product manufacturing mill until 1989, this industrial heritage site is nestled along the River Tay, where it takes its water power from. An outstanding place in Perth ( the one in Scotland) and worth a...More

1  Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Although when we visited the Mills they were closed, there was plenty for information to read and the views are great. If your in the area it worth a visit.

1  Thank LouisaScottish
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14 July 2017|
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Response from carmass | Reviewed this property |
yes the facility is wheelchair accessible.
25 May 2015|
Response from Lorraine F |
Walk to mill Street, Perth and take the stagecoach 34/34A bus - alight at Stanley village cross and walk quarter mile to mills following brown signs. Bus journey time about 20 mins. Buses around 30miute frequency