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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum


Holcombe Road, Helmshore, Lancashire, BB4 4NP

Tel: 0300 123 6701

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

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.

You can:
• Soak up the atmosphere of the historic mills and witness original machinery at work.
• 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
• Imagine how the grand and mighty waterwheel powered the stocks as they thumped the wet woollen cloth
• Have fun and learn in an exceptional environment, at our many activities, events and special exhibitions

Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
Friday - Sunday12:00 - 16:00

* General Opening Text


  • Sub-Regional AwardsSmall Visitor Attraction of the Year Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009


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.

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 50By 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.



  • Demonstrations Given
  • Family Fun
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Out of Hours Visits
  • Parking (free)
  • Seasonal Opening Only
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking


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