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Tours of the museum are available by special arrangement. Step back in time and explore this atmospheric mill built in 1789. See the mighty water wheel and fulling stocks in operation. Learn the history of the mill and the Lancashire woollen industry.

For details contact Helmshore Mills Textile Museum on 01706 226459 between 9am-5pm, Mondays to Fridays.


School activities are available through Lancashire County Council’s Heritage Learning Team. Visit the schools portal for details and to download a session brochure.


“The mill is great the staff are so informative, some of the staff either use to work there or had relatives that worked at the mill there are loads of hands-on stuff you can try from weaving to bailing ”

Margaret Bradshaw

“Excellent day out, guides are knowledgeable and great with kids, letting them experience the sights and sounds of the old mill are wonderful!”

James Goulding

“This old mill tells the story of wool and cotton production in the area. Water-powered wool processing and spinning, plus cotton spinning mill with all machinery working well. Only closed in the 1970s as a working mill, so very well preserved. Friendly and knowledgeable guides. All the usual tourist trail add-ons – shop, cafe, toilets….”

Doug Neilson