The Silk Museum

After over a year of closure, we’re pleased to announce both The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill will re-open their doors again to visitors on 20th May 2021.

Initially, opening on Thursdays and Saturdays only, with more days added at the start of the school Summer holidays in July.

To control visitor numbers, entry to both buildings is by pre-booked tickets. The Silk Museum will open 10-4pm, with half hourly slots and limited numbers for social distancing.

There’s no need to book if you want to visit our shop – we kindly ask you to wear a face covering and use our hand sanitisers.

Staff will be wearing face-coverings or masks and we expect visitors to wear a face covering too. However, we realise it’s not possible for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Book your tickets here

Plan your visit, book your tickets and find out more here


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Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ


01625 612045
[email protected]

Visiting times

The Silk Museum re-opens on 20th May 2021
Open Thursdays and Saturdays only10am-4pm Advance Booking Only


Silk Museum entry is by donation, a ‘Give What You Can’ optional scheme.

The Rise and Fall of Silk in Macclesfield

The Rise and Fall of Silk in Macclesfield

Whilst we’ve been closed, we’ve been busy developing new displays focused on the history of silk in Macclesfield.

Delve into the history of silk in Macclesfield with our latest exhibition, ‘The Rise and Fall of Silk in Macclesfield’ where Macclesfield’s silk story is brought to life through textiles, costumes, photographs and more.

Discover why silk first came to Macclesfield and how it ultimately shaped the town we know today.
Find out about the lives of the children, women and men who worked in the silk mills and discover how central a role the mills played in their lives in both work and leisure.

Learn about Jacquard weaving and screen printing through the work of Cyrus Newton Fytton and Edith Buxton, textile designers who trained at Macclesfield School of Art, the building which houses the Silk Museum today.

With over four hundred years of Macclesfield’s silk history to explore, there is something for everyone.

Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collection

Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collection

Our famous Ancient Egyptian collections are on display once again. Come and find out about the lives of these fascinating people through the artefacts and inscriptions they left behind as you explore the oldest objects in our museums.

Learn about the connection between silk and Egypt through the lives of Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth, the two Victorian explorers who gave their collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts to Macclesfield.

With more objects on display than ever before –  including Tutankhamun’s ring, our well preserved Shebmut Mummy case, a collection of over forty Shabti and other fascinating artifacts.

The exhibition is a must for visitors both young and old – exploring the  everyday life, customs and beliefs of an ancient Egyptian civilisation.

The ‘Macclesfield at War’, ‘Textile Machinery’ and ‘Charles Tunnicliffe: A Cheshire Countryman’ displays are currently closed to the public.

The Silk Shop

Located within the Silk Museum, go in via our main museum entrance – we’re open 10-4pm Thursday-Saturday. No need to pre book shop entry.

Come and explore our Silk Shop and discover a beautifully curated range of quality gifts for your family and friends – and maybe a treat for yourself too.

Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

The Silk Museum is located on Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ. Call us on 01625 612045.


By Car
Less than 2 minutes walk is council run The Old Library car park, with 28 spaces, with 1 disabled space. Located on the corner of Park Green SK11 7NA.

Around the corner, less than 2 minutes walk, is Duke Street car park with 261 spaces, with 5 disabled spaces and coach bays.

There is free 1 hour on-street parking available directly outside the museum. Also suitable for coach drop off and collection.

By Bus
There is a stop 3 minutes walk away on Lord Street. Macclesfield’s Bus Station on Queen Victoria Street SK11 6LP is a 5 minute walk.

By Train
Macclesfield station, Waters Green SK11 6JP is an 8 minute walk away.

Access at The Silk Museum

Access at The Silk Museum

The Silk Museum is suitable for baby buggy/ pram, wheelchair, mobility scooter, crutches and zimmer frame users.

The main entrance to the museum has steps, but if you either call beforehand (01625 612045) or ring the bell to the side of the front door a member of our staff will open our disabled access entrance.

The ground floor is step-free throughout.

There is bench seating throughout the ground floor of the museum. We also have a wheelchair available if required.

Accessible Toilet Facilities

You are welcome to use the unisex disabled access toilet, with baby changing facilities. These are open only to our visitors who have booked a timed entry ticket to the museum.

Assistance Dogs

We welcome assistance dogs wearing the relevant harness. Water bowls are available.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

We’re very proud to have been awarded Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years – adding us to the elite Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall Of Fame.

This is only awarded to museums and attractions that provide consistently outstanding experiences and whose team offer first-class customer service to their visitors.

Click here to see our Trip Advisor Reviews