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Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills Mill Road | Stanley, Perth PH1 4QE, Scotland
+44 1738 828268
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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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Stanley Mills Mill Road | Stanley, Perth PH1 4QE, Scotland
+44 1738 828268

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on the way down from Blair Castle and were glad we made the trip. The mill has been beautifully restored and the setting by the river is stunning. The industrial displays are very interesting and interactive, especially the water display with various...More

Thank amelia80
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Contacted the Mills re an intended visit, the main reason being that my Great Grandmother worked there in the period 1890 - 1914. A strong personality whose details would feature on ledgers, worker lists, etc. She was from the village of Redgorton, lived in Bankfoot...More

Thank Neil O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went 2miles off the A9 to visit the Mills. We wandered around the outside and there was plenty of information on the mills around. The building and surrounding area was lovely.

Thank Janine M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited the mills not knowing what to expect. History of the mills & actual buildings very interesting but lots of rooms with empty spaces where machines used to be. Very little refreshments available and a small shop. Majority of site is private dwellings. On the...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was one of the highlights of our trip for me. We had the Explorer Pass and stopped here because it wasn't too far off our route for the day; we wound up spending almost two hours going through because it was so interesting. I...More

1  Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed 30 August 2017

It is so nice to see a historic building renovated and put to good use; the site has homes within the restored mill as well as the mille exhibition. As the Mill was in use for so long and new developments overtook the waterwheels, these...More

Thank Everdene1957
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We attempted to visit Stanley Mills today, based upon its five star Visit Scotland rating. When we arrived at 12.05pm we noticed a sign on the door stating that "due to unforeseen circumstances" the Mills would be closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Having...More

Thank Rob F
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Stanley Mills existed from 1785 until 1989 producing textiles that helped to transform Great Britain. You get a feel of history throughout your visit - from the Highland Clearances , through Empire and Wars into Management Buy Outs. The location is amazing , the star...More

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The story of how the mill was established by the local laird and all the hiccoughs experienced throughout the years, several of which forced the closure of the mills, was captivating. The tour is highly interractive and there are many videos and storyboards to teach...More

Thank iainatsea
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I had passed the sign post several times but decided to visit with my elderly parents on a rainy day with little else to do. This was a great decisisn as it was one of the best visits we have had together - something for...More

Thank dale160
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14 July 2017|
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Response from carmass | Reviewed this property |
yes the facility is wheelchair accessible.
25 May 2015|
Response from Lorraine F |
Walk to mill Street, Perth and take the stagecoach 34/34A bus - alight at Stanley village cross and walk quarter mile to mills following brown signs. Bus journey time about 20 mins. Buses around 30miute frequency