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Address: Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
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12:00 - 16:00
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So quaint

I love these types of places, unpretentious and educational and above all else you can buy yourself an actual spade!!!!!! I love it. A great tour of the blacksmith forge where... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Newry
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love these types of places, unpretentious and educational and above all else you can buy yourself an actual spade!!!!!! I love it. A great tour of the blacksmith forge where they make spades and you really get the feel of the intense work involved in manufacturing one. You could do this in a 2 hour time frame

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Thank tillylamp
Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The spade mill was actually closed for the season and was due to re-open in a fortnight but because we pre-rang they put on a tour especially for our group of 8 adults. All the staff were really knowledgable and full of enthusiasm about the spade mill, giving us an in-depth tour and heating up the furnace to hammer a... More 

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Thank millymunday
Belfast, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

As a signed up member of the National Trust this is a must. An hour well spent, appreciating the power of water and resourcefulness of our forebears. This was a glimpse into the past. Well presented by volunteer staff. I hope the NT continues to invest, improve and advertise this gem, the last operational mill of its kind in Europe.... More 

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Thank Mike C
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

I always think a day when you don't learn something new is a day in your life that you've wasted. I certainly learned a lot of new things today! I had no idea that spades had once been made in specialised small 'factories' like this, with men and boys working long hours in the heat and the dust, so ably... More 

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Thank TheBuzzard2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We had just arrived at the International Airport and as members of the National Trust found the mill as a close by local attraction. Easy to find on the A6 Antrim to Belfast road. We were welcomed by the receptionist for the day and shown a couple of videos detailing the history of the project going back many years, this... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Although well signposted on the way, its easy to over shot the entrance to the Spade Mill. Plenty of parking and there are a few picnic areas. They have a hot drinks machine, toilets, no shop but plenty of information literature. We watched a DVD first which helped us to understand things later in the tour. We found it very... More 

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Thank Samantha P
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Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

19.6.16. Greeted by PETRA who was very pleasant and informative.She dressed the kids up in the traditional work gear.Tom spoke very well.he was informative and witty.Quite an educational tour.Great to see the passion for their craft

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Thank Eaglehunter T
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

I had read an article about the Spade Mill but sadly am unfit to travel there. That said the staff have sent a wealth of interesting information , lovely pictures and a DVD for me to play at home. Thank you SO much

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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

Only a small little place but run by really enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Really interesting mill, still in working order and demonstrated every day. Never knew there were so many variation of spades, fantastic to see skills of yesterday being kept alive today and tomorrow. Well worth an hour or two of anyone's holiday

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Limavady, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

We had been meaning to call here for years but never got round to it. Well, that all changed yesterday and returning from Banbridge we stopped off at Templeoatrick and the spade mill. There is ample car parking and you are made to feel welcome the moment you are spotted by one of the three staff members. A short video... More 

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