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Patterson's Spade Mill

Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9443 3619
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2017 UK visit

Well, this is a little hidden gem! It had been recommended for an overnight stop in our motorhome... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hervey Bay, Australia

We had a wonderful afternoon at the spade mill. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and were... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Templepatrick BT39 0AP, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9443 3619
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 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 8 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 3 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 31 July 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 21 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
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Although well signposted on the way, its easy to over shot the entrance to the Spade Mill. Plenty of parking and there are a few picnic areas. They have a hot drinks machine, toilets, no shop but plenty of information literature. We watched a DVD...More

Thank Samantha P
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

19.6.16. Greeted by PETRA who was very pleasant and informative.She dressed the kids up in the traditional work gear.Tom spoke very well.he was informative and witty.Quite an educational tour.Great to see the passion for their craft

Thank Eaglehunter T
Reviewed 11 March 2016

I had read an article about the Spade Mill but sadly am unfit to travel there. That said the staff have sent a wealth of interesting information , lovely pictures and a DVD for me to play at home. Thank you SO much

1  Thank SHF2468
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27 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.