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Patterson's Spade Mill

Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9443 3619
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Very Interesting

Very interesting! Was great to see how the spades are made using the old equipment. Guides were... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
London, United Kingdom
EHOD trip

As part of the popular European Heritage Open Day weekend, I brought my two girls to see and tour... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom
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+44 28 9443 3619
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Very interesting! Was great to see how the spades are made using the old equipment. Guides were very knowledgeable. Wanted a spade but they are quite expensive!!

Thank Susan91825
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

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

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Reviewed 24 August 2017

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.

Thank lilliank126
Reviewed 7 August 2017

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.

1  Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 5 July 2017

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

2  Thank LizfromWymondham
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank tillylamp
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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

Thank millymunday
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 1 August 2016

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

Thank TheBuzzard2014
Reviewed 22 July 2016

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

1  Thank Berlingo11
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28 December 2014|
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Response from Tony W | Reviewed this property |
This is a converted water Mill that makes spades. It is not a zoo or a circus so I guess the answer is no.