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The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

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Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1625 612045
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A fascinating look at Macclesfield's industrial past

We had a great tour around Paradise Mill with a very knowledgeable guide called Mike. We were the only people on the tour. Paradise Mill (I think the name is ironic!) is set... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great tour around Paradise Mill with a very knowledgeable guide called Mike. We were the only people on the tour. Paradise Mill (I think the name is ironic!) is set up to highlight industrial Macclesfield in the 1930s. They have 26 restored Jacquard looms and Mike demonstrated them working. At The Silk Museum, where you meet up... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill gave a fascinating insight into an industry that was a major influence on Macclesfield's history. From the hand looms that have been in situ for over 100 years, through an exhibition of more advanced machinery and descriptions of the intricate design techniques, to the videos of the working machines and relating to the social... More 

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth making an extra special trip to visit this most interesting mill.what our guide didn't know about silk isn't worth knowing. Not perhaps top of a list but it should be. The looms and silk processes are easily understood , it's well set out although up a flight of stairs on to very uneven floorboards, but you can conjure... More 

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Thank Sue H
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. The museum is a real gem, far bigger than it looks on the outside with quite a few little videos to watch which are really interesting. The there's the tour of the mill which is just brilliant, a well informed guide, an excellently preserved mill, and a historical story thats so interesting. Well worth a visit.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

There are 3 daily tours of the Paradise Mill from the nearby Silk Museum. The guide, and ex silk employee, tells us how silk is taken from the caterpillars and how the fine threads are intertwined to make ties, shirts etc. The mill closed in 1981 but its machinery is untouched, and can be demonstrated on. Beware the well worn... More 

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Thank Martin T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Derick, was a brilliant tour guide, explaining everything concerning the mill, it was a real blast from the past, but having the experience of a man with expert knowledge brings this fascinating place to life. I just hope it continues to delight well into the future. As Macclesfield is not what it used to be. The crazy idea of a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We came to look at the Embroiders Guild Exhibition, but decided to visit the Mill/ go on the guided tour and visit the Museum, 2 separate buildings 20 yards apart. Really great. Demos of shuttle weaving, spinning and twisting. The machinery and idea of Jacquard weaving is so old and complex, all before computers, even though it uses punch cards... More 

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Cheshire UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The silk museums provide interesting and valuable insight into Macclesfield's silk history. There are weaving demonstrations during the tours and exhibitions of beautiful garments and items fashioned from silk. The museum shop provided unusual gifts and has something every pocket can purchase.

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Thank AlisonCheshire
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

The museum and mill hold a wealth of silk-related machinery, materials and knowledge. The museum is interesting and gives background on how the industry evolved and the challenges faced by the people of Macclesfield. It presents many items related to the silk trade, silk industry, design industry and the working lives of the people working in the mills. One thing... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Visited on a Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was which enabled me to look at all the displays easliy. There are various films to watch and also two aural histories which were interesting to listen too. You can see many examples of different silk pictures,stevenographs, materials etc. There are microscopes to look through and see cocoons... More 

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