Silk Museum and Paradise Mill


Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Paradise Mill is currently closed for essential building work. Tours will resume in the autumn.

About this Museum

The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill tell the story of Macclesfield’s world-renowned silk industry.

The museum has an internationally significant collection of silk textiles and machinery with a pattern book archive of nearly 1,000 volumes. It also displays the ancient Egyptian artefacts collected by Macclesfield silk heiress, Marianne Brocklehurst.

Paradise Mill is a beautifully preserved working silk mill, with 26 restored jacquard looms. A visit offers the opportunity to step back in time to Macclesfield in the 1930s. The mill was built in 1860 and was operated by tie manufacturers Cartwright and Sheldon until it closed in 1981. The mill is currently closed to the public for essential building work, but tours are due to recommence in the autumn.

This summer, we are offering tours of the Silk Museum itself, with our expert guides covering all this interesting social history, stories about our innovative industrial heritage also of some of the people who worked here.
Tours can be booked here.



Park Lane
SK11 6TJ



Silk Museum: FREE. Donations welcome.
Paradise Mill: Paradise Mill Tour : £11.00 adult, £9.50 concession, under 16yrs free.



01625 612 045

Visit info

Length of visit

2-3 hours to visit both venues


Free children’s activity packs are available at the Silk Museum. Regular workshops, craft activities and ‘Have a Dabble’ art group. Programme of special exhibitions. School workshops.


Café and small gift shop
Public and disabled toilets are available at the Silk Museum but not at Paradise Mill.


Photography is permitted


Access to Paradise Mill is currently by stairs.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from Macclesfield town centre
Public car parks available adjacent to the Silk Museum

By train:

Nearest station is Macclesfield

Mooring Points:

Macclesfield Marina, Brook Street, Macclesfield

Nearest Venues