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As part of the popular European Heritage Open Day weekend, I brought my two girls to see and tour Europes only working and operational traditional spade mill.
It was a step back in time, everything is as it was back in the 1800's when it...More
From beginning to end it was a very interesting visit. Some real classic old school engineering that we should still be using today. Staff were Excellent. This is the only running spade mill running in the UK and possibly Europe.
Well, this is a little hidden gem! It had been recommended for an overnight stop in our motorhome. We did the tour and the guides and demonstrations were fantastic. Let's hope they keep this one opened; we loved it.
We had a wonderful afternoon at the spade mill. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and were happy to answer all our spade related questions. The operation of the water powered machinery is truly spectacular! There is no cafe and no gift shop but this is...More
I love these types of places, unpretentious and educational and above all else you can buy yourself an actual spade!!!!!! I love it. A great tour of the blacksmith forge where they make spades and you really get the feel of the intense work involved...More
The spade mill was actually closed for the season and was due to re-open in a fortnight but because we pre-rang they put on a tour especially for our group of 8 adults.
All the staff were really knowledgable and full of enthusiasm about the...More
As a signed up member of the National Trust this is a must. An hour well spent, appreciating the power of water and resourcefulness of our forebears. This was a glimpse into the past. Well presented by volunteer staff. I hope the NT continues to...More
I always think a day when you don't learn something new is a day in your life that you've wasted. I certainly learned a lot of new things today!
I had no idea that spades had once been made in specialised small 'factories' like this,...More
We had just arrived at the International Airport and as members of the National Trust found the mill as a close by local attraction.
Easy to find on the A6 Antrim to Belfast road.
We were welcomed by the receptionist for the day and shown...More