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The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill

Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
+44 1625 612045
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Fascinating and well worth a visite

I never realised the importance of Macclesfield to the silk trade in this country, but now I do... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
James O
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Newbury, United Kingdom
An Unbroken Thread

Not normally one for guided tours (as I want to just take my photos), I was absorbed in what the... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
Andrew G
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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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!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

I never realised the importance of Macclesfield to the silk trade in this country, but now I do. The Silk Museum is a little gem of a place to visit providing a fascinating insight into silk production in England. Well worth a visit. Parking is...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Not normally one for guided tours (as I want to just take my photos), I was absorbed in what the guide had to tell us. He had been in the textile business for most of his life, by the sound of it, and consequently really...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum which is well-worth making a detour to visit. Do take the option of a guided visit to the neighbouring Paradise Mill - our guide, Malcolm, really gave us a super insight into this industry. Such lovely people at the museum...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Well worth booking the tour of paradise mill combined with the silk museum . A fascinating insight into Macclesfield 's industrial past . I would recommend this to anyone with the slightest interest in local history .

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We spent a delightful day September 2016 in Macclesfield.The staff at the Silk Museum treated us visiting from Australia in the most gracious and warm manner.Our guided tour of the Museum by the gentleman a career in textiles was conducted in the highest of standards.Being...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fascinating, lots of hands on exhibits about the science and craft of silk, then the machine room out the back with actual working looms and people working on them explaining how they work. Learned a huge amount about Jacquard looms in particular. Only saw...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great time here! We took the tour and then went to the shop and then the museum, came back the next day.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

I did not have sufficient time on this visit to look at all the exhibits, but did note that it is a good place to take children with plenty of interactive displays. The guided tour of Paradise Mill was fascinating and all the volunteers and...More

Thank gwra
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

A rainy day brought us to the cracking little museum, we recieved a warm welcome from staff. Malcom was our guide for the mill tour and he was terrific, very informative and entertaining, really gave us an insight into the history of the industry. Well...More

Thank David G
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We went to see the "Inspired by India " exhibition showing how Wardles of Macclesfield used Indian silks and were inspired by Indian designs. There are some interesting looking workshops over the next few months, connected with the opposition.

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