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)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
SundayClosed
Bank Holiday12:00 - 16:00

Directions

Road Directions

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

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    Recent Reviews:

    • GalaxyCatYT
      Macclesfield, United Kingdom
      Very Historical!
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 11th November 2020
      You get to learn a lot about old Macclesfield all about fashion and silkworms! It's an ok price, but maybe a bit too boring for younger children! Read full review
    • Nicola D
      Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
      Interesting and informative
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 11th November 2020
      We pre-booked the Silk Museum online and visited on a cold wet Saturday the weekend before lockdown 2. The tickets are free but donations are welcome. The young man on the desk was extremely... Read full review
    • jwalshKent
      kent
      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

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • 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

    Catering

    • 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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