The Silk Museum

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

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About Us

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.

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Guide Prices

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

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 23 Dec 2021)
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:

    • jwalshKent
      An historical gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 27th June 2021
      Although the museum size was reduced due to the COVID restrictions the tour around Paradise mill was superb. Our guide was Daniel and his knowledge and passion was infectious. This is a rare... Read full review
    • LizJ787
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      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 19th August 2021
      We booked a visit because the weather was wet, and what an amazing experience it was! Daniel was such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who made it so interesting for both adults and children... Read full review
    • brendar456
      South West England, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A must place to visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th September 2021
      The museum was very clean and social distancing and face masks were encouraged The staff were very pleasant and well informed There was a very good exhibition of silk dresses The small cafe was... 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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