Bringing the spinning industry to life
Nestling side by side in the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker's Mill, together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.
Here you can...
Soak up the atmosphere of the historic mills and witness working original machinery.
Follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn ready to be woven into cloth.
Experience the Revolution gallery where 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.
Have fun and learn in an exceptional environment, at our many activities, events and exhibitions.
Rest and enjoy a tasty meal or snack in our pleasant, friendly café.
Access for prams and wheelchairs is now available to most parts of the Museum.
The Coffee Mill, our café, serves fresh food made on the premises, and our shop stocks a wide range of traditional and contemporary gifts for all the family. There is no admission charge for entry to the café and shop.
For up to date opening times visit the Lancashire County Council Museum page
The refurbishment was supported by Lancashire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the North West Development Agency, and the Friends of Helmshore Museum.
The Museum is supported by The Friends of Helmshore Museum. To join the Friends, or for more details, please visit their website friendsofhelmshore