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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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is best avoided if you have small children. Unsuitable for toddlers. Went on bank holiday Monday for Steam day, Easter egg hunt and unveiling of the new outdoor play park. Viewing areas are cramped, lots of rooms which look closed to the public but are open, Easter egg hunt very basic and not differentiated for ages, play park was not finished or open (website not updated), very few interactive displays.....the flat screen TV was not on / working and the dolls house not suitable. The new externally run cafe was the sweetener at the end of a short, disappointing visit. Would appeal to mature, industrially interested customers only.

Thank Adele B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank Hitch53
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Reviewed March 12, 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed February 12, 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 4 weeks ago

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

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