Paradise Mill

“Unique, fascinating and utterly absorbing. Brilliantly presented too. A visit to Paradise Mill is not to be missed.”

“A brilliant place to visit. The guide brought it to life. Excellent tour and wonderful old mill with original looms. We discovered a real treasure.”

  • Discover Europe’s largest known collection of Jacquard silk handlooms in their original setting on our award winning Five Star tour
  • Immerse yourself in our unique silk textile collection
  • Celebrating five consecutive years of Certificate of Excellence in TripAdvisor Hall of Fame…

A guided tour of the Grade II listed Paradise Mill takes you back in time to early 20th-century Macclesfield. The Mill houses a unique collection of 26 Jacquard handlooms – the largest known collection of Jacquard silk handlooms in their original setting. Our knowledgeable mill guide will demonstrate the machinery through all stages of the silk process, including an explanation of the Jacquard mechanism complete with a weaving demonstration on a restored loom.

From Saturday 24th November
Paradise Mill will be home to A 1940s’ Christmaswhere groups can enjoy the sights, sounds and stories of the wartime Mill. Call or email us for more information or to book 01625 612045, [email protected]


Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ


01625 612045
[email protected]

Visiting times

Due to improvements and renovation work over the Winter:
Public Paradise Mill Tours currently Monday-Friday at 11.45am, 1pm & 2.15pm.
These guided tours are currently limited to 8 people maximum. Advance booking advisable
Please contact us about our Saturday Silk Museum tours. Details above
Open Bank Holiday Mondays. Guided Tours 1pm & 2.15pm
*Please scroll down to Latest Tour Information to check availability*


£5 Adult, £4.50 Concession, children free. Silk Museum entry is by donation, ‘Give What You Can’.   From 1 March 2019 our offer will be changing and our admission charges will reflect this.

Visit info

Paradise Mill in the 20th Century

Paradise Mill in the 20th Century

In 1912, Arthur Cartwright and Percy Sheldon, both designers and from families traditionally connected with silk, formed a partnership and rented rooms at Paradise Mills. By 1920 they bought both mills for £6,000. As well as having old looms repaired and new ones made, they bought six second-hand looms and Jacquard machines from J & F Jackson of Sutton Mills in Macclesfield. By the 1930s some 70 looms were in use on the top floor of Lower Paradise Mill, where there is sufficient headroom in the roof space. Cartwright and Sheldon remained owners and principal occupants until 1981 when the firm went into liquidation. In 1983 work began to restore the machinery to working order, with the idea of opening a working museum where silk could again be woven on the old handlooms.

Access to Paradise Mill

Access to Paradise Mill

Meet one of our expert guides at reception in the Silk Museum where you will to be taken to Paradise Mill, located a short walk next door to the Museum.

Access: Paradise Mill is accessed via three flights of stairs, and is currently unsuitable for wheelchair users. There is a lift up to the Mill – please speak to a member of staff when booking your ticket. The lift is available Monday to Friday. Stair access only on Saturdays and Bank Holidays

Due to the age of the Mill, please be aware of uneven floorboards. An accessible toilet is available at The Silk Museum.

Location: Paradise Mill is located off Mill Street on Park Lane. There is short stay on-street parking directly outside the building and public car parking on Park Green, close to the junction with Park Lane (the Old Library car park in front of The Society Rooms pub).