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“Great family day out, value for money!”

Coldharbour Mill Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Uffculme
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Owner description: Welcome to Coldharbour Mill, a 200 year old spinning mill set in the tranquil Devon village of Uffculme. Built by Thomas Fox to spin woollen and later worsted yarns in 1799, Coldharbour Mill is a rare surviving example of Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise. Since reopening as a museum in 1982 the mill has continued to produce high quality worsted knitting yarn on its period machinery. Take a fascinating factory tour to understand how the hand processes of spinning and weaving are performed on machines and the role of Thomas Fox in bringing these new inventions into the South West. Learn about Victorian mill conditions and how Quaker attitudes influenced the treatment and welfare of mill employees, many of whom were children. Take a look at the mill's impressive array of power sources including a recently restored 1821 High Breast Shot Water Wheel, the largest in the South West, an 1867 Kittoe & Brotherhood Beam Engine, a rare 1910 Pollit & Wigzell 300hp Steam Engine and a Lancashire Boiler, which we 'Steam Up' on special event days (see the museum's event page). On the first floor of the Mill, there is an exhibition celebrating the manufacture of puttees - one of the Fox firm's iconic products and the Fox Gallery houses a permanent 'Home Front' exhibition with displays and memorabilia relating to the war (WWII) years. The mill shop sells many unique products, including a range of knitting wools and fabrics manufactured exclusively by the mill. With this and so much more, a visit to Coldharbour Mill is an exciting and very different day out.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Great day out with kids. A good walk round, so prepare for that! Love their steam days which usually feature the local train modeling club and have lovely enthusiastic staff/volunteers there. You can take your own food or buy there. Really great value tickets. One of my kids is obsessed with trains and steam mechanics so perfect for him, he loved it!

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Having pre purchased tickets i rang to check times. Also snow forecast and needed to check if open. Still waiting for reply. Very disappointing and money wasted!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Visited the museum on one of their monthly steam days. Very friendly & helpful staff/volunteers. The site is really well laid out with plenty to see. There are lifts in the main building for people with mobility issues. If you’re at all interested in industrial history, you’ll really enjoy it.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. My two got absolutely loads of attention while walking round which they enjoyed.
Very nice cafe to enjoy a cuppa & some cake in after walking round too
Definitely highly recommended. I’m certainly going back again for a repeat visit.

Thank Rachel S
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Adam D, Admin at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Thank you for a great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

My parents took my daughter to the mills steam event , it was fantastic . My daughter raved about it all evening...especially seeing the steam powered engines how wool is turned and used to make things . A well organised interesting day was had.

Thank Olivia M
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Adam D, admin at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Thank you so much for a great review , we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Spent an interesting afternoon here on a steam day so the boilers were all fired up. Very good volunteer guides. Our English heritage cards halved the admission fee.

Thank Andy L
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Adam D, admin at Coldharbour Mill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review, we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us

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