The Silk Museum

The Old Art School, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ

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Tel: 01625 612045

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About Us

Reopening Thursday 17th September on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm.

Visitors will need to pre-book hourly slots which start at 10am with each hour slot having capacity for up to six visitors. This means that there’s plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections in our largest ground floor gallery – the Red Room. Pre-book your tickets through the Macclesfield Museums website, or through Art Tickets.

Macclesfield once hummed with the sound of silk looms, music to the ears of the mill owners that prospered here in the 19th century. 

Admire Europe’s largest-known collection of Jacquard silk handlooms and learn the secrets of these unique textile machines on a tour with an expert – their workings are thought to have been the crucible for computer programming. Pore over the remarkable collection of more than 1,000 pattern books, see stunning costumes made of the finest silk, and study an outstanding collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s ring, gathered by the daughter of one of the town’s leading families.

Macclesfield is still a place where fabric-making flourishes – at the Makers’ Place get expert insights from today’s craftspeople and pick up a truly special souvenir.

Guide Prices

Silk Museum entry is by donation, a ‘Give What You Can’ optional scheme.

Opening Times

2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 23 Dec 2020)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 16:00


Road Directions

Follow brown signs, the nearest primary road is the A523.



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Recent Reviews:

  • Tracy_G_Edwards
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fabulous Tour
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 15th February 2020
    We went on the guided tour of Paradise Mill, which was well worth the entry fee. The guide was very passionate and knowledgeable about the process and the tour included her showing us how all the... Read full review
  • 685garid
    Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom
    Very enjoyable and informative lunchtime
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 8th March 2020
    Came on a Saturday lunchtime and my husband and I spent several hours looking around the museum (especially liked the Egyptian artifacts being shown there temporarily). Went over to Paradise Mill and... Read full review
  • Michael S
    First class guide
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th March 2020
    A really interesting & informative tour makes you value silk as a fabric & how hard people had to work. Read full review



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Can park outside the Museum with a Disabled Parking Badge.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Serves teas,coffes and cakes
  • Picnic Site - Own food can be brought and eaten in our Jacquard Tearoom

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Pay and Display carpark around the corner.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Provider Facilities

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French and German
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketing Cheshire Member

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Every Tuesday in the Machinery Gallery.
  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Contact Us

Tel: 01625 612045

Tel: 01625 612045

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