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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Contact Details:

Holcombe Road

Tel: +44 01706 226459

Explore the true story of the Lancashire Textile Industry from the 18thC to the present day. Soak in the memorable atmosphere of these majestic mills and discover: - textile treasures from famous inventors - original working machinery with live demonstrations - changing events, exhibitions and activities.

The collection on display at the museum together with that at sister museum Queen Street Mill Textile Museum has been designated as being of national importance.

Other museum highlights
Trace how cloth production, first wool, then cotton, become Lancashire’s main export throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn ready to be woven into cloth.

Experience the Revolution gallery were you can follow the story of Lancashire's unique role in the industrial revolution.

Feel the grand and mighty waterwheel powering the stocks as they thump the wet woollen cloth.

Enjoy our upgraded buildings which mean you can now explore more of the Museum. New additions include a contemporary reception and shop area.

Museum cafe and shop
Visit our Coffee Mill Café to relax and savour the unrivalled atmosphere of this amazing building whilst savouring wholesome Lancashire food with an up-to-date twist.

Our shop offers traditional and contemporary gifts for all ages, focusing on Lancashire made crafts and products. Let us reveal local delicacies such as Reedy’s hand made jam and the hand crafted Simply Textiles range of textiles. Simply Textiles designs are exclusive to Lancashire Museums; made from yarn spun at Helmshore, and expertly woven at our sister museum Queen Street Mill Museum, at Burnley.

Activities this Year
We will be continuing to improve our offer throughout 2010. A changing programme of events, activities, demonstrations, talks, workshops and children's holiday activities, will keep all the family entertained.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum winner of the Lancashire & Blackpool Tourist Boards 'Best Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' Award 2009/10.

Our museum has also recently been named a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction by Enjoy England -the official tourist board for England and joins other prestigious visitor attractions such as The London Eye, Imperial War Museum and Liverpool Catherdral.

Grading Details

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS


Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Self-service cafeteria for up to 60 people.

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Public Transport Directions

For public transport information out of normal office hours contact:
Travel Line: 0871 200 2233 (for bus services around the Lancashire area)
National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50

By Bus: Service 11/12 Rawtenstall-Haslingden-Helmshore circular every 60 mins from Rawtenstall bus station. Buses serve Rawtenstall and Haslingden from the surrounding main towns.

Road Directions

From M65: Exit junction 5 towards B6232/A6077. At the roundabout take the exit onto Park Road/A6177 heading to Haslingden/B6232 and continue on A6177. Turn right at Holcombe Road/B6235 and the destination is on the left.

From M66: Continue onto A56 and take the exit towards Haslingden/B6232. Turn left at Grane Road/A6177 and turn left at Holcombe Road/B6235. The destination is on the left.

By Car: Jct 5 from the M65, at the roundabout take the A6177 to Haslingden. Continue for 10 mins take the right turn [at the Holden Arms Public House] follow the hill down for 0.75 mile, the museum is on the left just before Musbury Fabrics. Free Car Parking.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Multipass Ticket - 13 venues, valid for 12 months£10.00
Adult Ticket£4.00
Adult Xplorer Ticket - 1 venue, valid for 12 months£8.00
Child TicketFree
Family & Friends Multipass Ticket - 13 venues, valid for 12 months£20.00

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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