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Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum

by Lydia (follow)
An island of discovery

Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum is located on a scenic island in the Aire and Calder waterway, two miles from the city centre. It is a hidden treasure of magical woodland trails and nature. It is home to one of the last remaining water-powered mills in Britain and it promises a fun filled day out for all the family.

Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


Here you can learn about the history of the area as you step back to the 1940s inside Thwaite House. It is a Georgian Grade II listed building that has been restored to its former glory. You will be able to see what life was like on the island as there are a number of displays and exhibitions inside the house. There is even an Anderson bomb shelter in the garden.

Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


The main attraction here are the waterwheels. You will get to see water-power in action as there are two large wooden waterwheels set in the heart of the mill. They have been working for over 200 years and are incredibly impressive to see. Here you can discover how they turned solid rock to paint and putty and you can visit the engineer's workshop to find out how to take care of the machinery and the wheels.

Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


The watermill is situated right on the canal and on special event days throughout the year you can take a relaxing trip on a brightly coloured canal boat. The trips are free and are a perfect way to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. There are also a series of trails for you to walk along to truly get close to nature. The island has a rich habitats with plenty of wildlife to spot.

Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


Picture taken from Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum Facebook page


During the school holidays they open during the week from Tuesday right through to Sunday. They have special activities and trails for children and their carers, all of which can be found on their Facebook events page here. Every Tuesday during the summer holiday they hold creative sessions with different themes each week.

Useful information:
Address: Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum, Thwaites Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm and Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm during Leeds school holidays

For more information here




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