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Historic Scotland Stanley Mills

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

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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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Stanley Mills. The exhibits are well laid out and the interactive nature adds to the experience. Limited refreshments available. Lovely walk... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen R
Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good visit. Friendly and informative staff. Displays and interpretative boards, games and exhibits really well thought through and fun. This could easily have been a dusty old site with boring information. It's not, it's really engaging and interesting. Lovely walk along the river afterwards.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went out to Stanley mills hoping to see machinery. Alas, all were removed and what they have was salvaged from ash heaps elsewhere. They have gone to great pains to make exhibits klid-frendly so if you are traveling with children, this may merit a visit. Just seeing the size of the buildings, many of which have been turned into... More 

Thank Marguerite a
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mills have an excellent display of information regarding the history of the mill. There are also good interactive displays. I suppose the smaller scale of the mill makes it harder to compete with places like New Lanark. One serious issue arose that I hope is not repeated. When we had completed our visit the receptionist had disappeared and locked... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to review Stanley Mills. Your review has been passed to the manager of the site who expresses their apologises for this incident. Please be assured that the appropriate conduct regarding this has been passed on to members of staff at the property. Once again thank you for taking the time to feedback your comments... More 

Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Stanley Mills. The exhibits are well laid out and the interactive nature adds to the experience. Limited refreshments available. Lovely walk along the river Tay from the Mills.

Thank Karen R
Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stanley Mills - built in 1780s and an active cotton product manufacturing mill until 1989, this industrial heritage site is nestled along the River Tay, where it takes its water power from. An outstanding place in Perth ( the one in Scotland) and worth a visit if you are into history, weaving and architecture. An interesting place to spend a... More 

Thank Nicole L
Hamilton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Although when we visited the Mills they were closed, there was plenty for information to read and the views are great. If your in the area it worth a visit.

1 Thank LouisaScottish
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

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 

Thank Maureen H
St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

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.

3 Thank JN101
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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!

1 Thank bobsophie2016

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