Visit Paradise Mill and step back into 1930's industrial Macclesfield. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable tour guides and discover a typical day at the Mill. See 26 restored Jacquard looms and watch as they weave their magic!
Please be aware that entrance to Paradise Mill is by guided tour only - tours run 11.45am, 1pm and 2.15pm (Monday to Saturday) and 1pm and 2.15pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Due to regulations we can only take a certain number of people on tours in Paradise Mill. We often have large groups visiting us and it is best to check which tours are available before planning a visit. Please click here for detailed tour times.
Paradise Mill to feature in BBC4 documentary
Macclesfield's very own Paradise Mill is to star on the upcoming BBC4 documentary 'Calculating Ada: Countess of Computing' – filming took place at the Mill in April and it's jacquard looms and jacquard cards are to appear on BBC4 in September. The documentary takes place 200 years after Ada Lovelace's birth, with Dr Hannah Fry telling the story of Ada's remarkable life. Ada (1815 to 1852) was a countess of the realm, a scandalous socialite and an "enchantress of numbers". The film is an enthralling tale of how a life infused with brilliance but blighted by illness and gambling addiction helped give rise to the modern era of computing.
UCL mathematician Hannah Fry shares Ada's passion for science, logic and the power of numbers. In this film she traces Ada's unlikely union with the father of computers Charles Babbage. Babbage designed the world's first steam powered computers – most famously the analytical engine - but it was Ada who realised the full potential of these new machines. Hannah's journey takes her from Ada's gothic mansion in Surrey where she and Charles discussed their revolutionary ideas, to the Epsom race course where Ada lost her family fortune in an attempt to bank-roll the computing engines. This moving, intelligent and beautiful film for BBC FOUR makes you realise we nearly had a Victorian computer revolution.
Showing on BBC4 on Thursday 17th September at 9pm.
See a sneak preview of Paradise Mill here.
For a map of how to get here. Click here.
Children under 16 free
Combined entry with the Silk Museum
£8.00 (£7.00 Concessions)