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Historic Scotland Stanley Mills

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Address: Stanley Mills Mill Road | Stanley, Perth PH1 4QE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1738 828268
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Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century...

Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available. Machinery was powered initially by water wheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines. As the market changed and new technologies developed, buildings were added, adapted, expanded, shut down, reopened and demolished.The visitor centre tells the stories of those who worked there and the products they made. The superb interactive displays let you discover if your fingers are as nimble as a child labourer’s or compete to see if you are tough enough in business to make the mills profitable. Hear the clamour of the factory floor and see how engineers harnessed the energy of the Tay as well as the machinery that turned raw cotton into products sold around the world.

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Historic Mill Tour

Very nice self-guided tour of the mill. Lots of great displays and hands-on activities for all ages. Good way to learn how a mill works. Some of the buildings are now... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting place to visit in a beautiful location. There are plenty of exhibits and lots of hands on things for both adults and children alike to take part in - the water feature is great fun. You learn a lot about how working in a mill must have been - a really interesting place to visit. Staff very... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice self-guided tour of the mill. Lots of great displays and hands-on activities for all ages. Good way to learn how a mill works. Some of the buildings are now apartments.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Run by historic Scotland and in a stunning location a great place to while away a couple of hours. A real learning experience about the mill industry. Worth a visit.

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Crieff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Called in on a whim, and was very surprised at the shear scale of the buildings (cafe closed) - very impressive "brick-work" for anyone interested in buildings.every brick has a man's thumb-print on it - somewhere!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing for all ages and great fun. Been for a few years and have enjoyed every single trip. Loads of things to do for everyone.

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Portree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Stanley Mills has had a lot of Lottery Based funding and considerable voluntary input to enable this iconic site to open through Historic Scotland management. It allows the visitor to participate in and understand how for almost 200 years industry flourished here by the powerful river Tay. You will see via interactuce displays how the pricess worked. The working conditions... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Arrived after a bus journey and walk to the event to find that it was closed for over an hour. When girl arrived she said it was because there was no staff. Possibly not in the right frame of mind to enjoy. It could have been a better experience but most of the interactive attractions were not working and there... More 

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Dalry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

My wife and I arrived at five minutes to one only to find that the attraction was closed from one till two, due,we believe to understaffing as the only member of staff we met was manning the till. Surely a Health and Safety issue. When we eventually gained admittance to the interior of the site we both found it fairly... More 

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Lanark, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

One of Scotland's hidden treasures set in the most scenic surroundings. Regrettably, most travellers heading North from Perth will be unaware of anything other than the off-route shopping opportunities widely advertised from the A9, and will pass by the turning to Stanley Mills without any awareness of the architecture and social history which awaits them only minutes off the main... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

It was raining for most of the day so we decided to visit Stanley Mills and were pleased we did. Very interesting, great historical detail,well laid out with interactive displays. We all thought the room with voices excellent. All very good value for the fee.

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