Whitchurch Silk Mill


Whitchurch, Hampshire

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Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest working silk mill in the UK still in its original building. Its original water wheel, Victorian machinery and looms are in use daily, so visitors can explore traditional silk weaving and discover how silk is made into fabulous cloth. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural North Hampshire, the Mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th-century machinery. There are many hands-on exhibits with a children's trail to follow as well as a riverside café serving light lunches, and a gift shop.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Best Told Story (Attraction)
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Whitchurch Silk Mill
28 Winchester Street, WHITCHURCH, Hampshire, RG28 7AL


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: See details on website
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: 10.30–5 Tuesday to Sunday and bank holiday Monday.

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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