Mill Opening Days

DUNKIRK MILL MUSEUM, Nailsworth opens on these days 2-4 pm

  APRIL     MAY       JUNE        JULY      AUGUST SEPT    
Sat 4
Sun 5
Sat 1
Sun 2
Sat 6
Sun 7
Sat 3
Sun 4
Sat 7
Sun 8
BH Mon 6
Sat 11*
Sun 12
Sat 15
Sun 16
Sat 17
Sun 18
Sat 18
Sun 19
Sat 20
Sun 21
Sat 21
Sun 22
Sat 27
Sun 28
BH Mon
BH Mon
Wed 29thWed 26Wed 31Wed 28Wed 25

GIGG MILL WEAVING SHED, Nailsworth opens on these days 10-12 am

Sat 4Sat 1Sat 6Sat 3Sat 7
Sat 11*
Sun 12
Sat 18Sat 15Sat 20Sat 17Sat 21
Sat 27Sat 25
& 2-4

Entry Fee – £3 adults (children free) or 5£ for both Mills ticket

National Mills Weekend both Mill open 12-5pm with Donations welcome

St. MARY’S MILL, Chalford

St. Mary’s Mill will be open 26th August 2019


Dunkirk Mill Museum

Entrance to the Museum – See Directions below

The Dunkirk Mill Museum, which has achieved Full Accreditation from Arts Council England, offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, twelve feet wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud having a mainly cast iron frame with forty steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days, (subject to water supply), and the sight of the wheel starting to move in a powerful cascade of water is unforgettable. The Dunkirk Mill Centre has been made possible with the assistance of a grant from the HLF Local Heritage Initiative, and more recently the Interpretation Panels have been created with a grant from the Tanner Trust.

The water wheel at Dunkirk Mill

This is the moment the water wheel starts moving at Dunkirk Mill. The overshot wheel, twelve feet wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. Find out more about the history of Dunkirk Mill on our website

Gepostet von Stroudwater Textile Trust am Mittwoch, 27. April 2016
Inside the Museum

There is also the chance to see a large working model pair of fulling stocks in operation, a display of locally made woollen cloth and a rare, working, mid c.19th teazle raising gig.

An early C19th mechanical cloth shearing machine known as a cross-cutter has been added to the display, this machine spent its working life at Wallbridge Mill down the valley near Stroud. There is an exhibition showing the historic development of the Dunkirk Mills site during the c.18th and c.19th’s on display.

April to September only. Opening times usually 2-4pm, but please check specific dates.

For groups of more than 10 please contact Ian Mackintosh.


By car: Parking is located at the Cycle Trail Car Park – In Nailsworth take the Egypt Mill turn off the A46 and park in the ‘Cycle Trail Car Park’ beyond the fire station. Dunkirk is a fifteen minute walk along the path. Turn right at the sign and follow the steps down under the old railway tunnel. At the  end of the railings the Centre is on your left.

By Bus: Stagecoach runs services to Nailsworth. Buses stop on the A46 at Dunkirk Mill. Follow the drive towards Visitor Parking, the Centre is on your right.


Some disabled parking is available beside the Dunkirk Mill Centre. Follow signs towards Visitor Parking. The Centre is on your right. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users.


Toilet and Disabled Toilet are available. Plenty of excellent cafes in Nailsworth town.

What our visitors say

“A super talk and insight to what my family did.”

“Fascinating history well presented.  Enjoyed technical aspects of wool production.  Very informed and enthusiastic guides.”

Gigg Mill Weaving Shed

Gigg Mill sits on the Horsley brook, which once powered its waterwheel. Its humble stature is typical of the smaller mills that dotted the valleys, many later fell into disrepair or were changed beyond recognition.

At this mill you can visit our Weaving Shed containing historic and modern looms, including a power loom. The machinery is demonstrated by our expert guides and you can try your hand at weaving; know your warp from your weft; discover how to put a pattern into the cloth; see the flying shuttle; find out about the origins of Dobby on the 1830’s handloom and how everything just got faster. On your way out look for woad in the dye plant garden.

Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


At Nailsworth, turn off the A46onto the B4058, the Old Bristol Road, direction Horsley. The mill is 300m on the right where the road dips.
There is parking and signs will direct you to the Weaving Shed.


Parking is nearby but there is a short footpath beside the building and there are two railway sleeper steps up into the dye plant garden in front of the door.


Walk up the road a little and on the left, you will find Ruskin Mill, Education Centre where toilets, a coffee shop, exhibition gallery and splendid lakeside walk can be found.

What our visitors say

“Very interesting and well demonstrated.  I was especially interested in the handweaving.  Excellent morning.”

“Absolutely wonderful.  Brilliantly explained and a great hands-on insight into a fascinating aspect of local and economic history in general.  Thank you.”

St. Mary’s Mill Chalford

An opportunity to visit one of the regions most attractive mill sites

This beautifully situated c.1820 mill houses a large waterwheel and a powerful Tangye Steam engine, which can be seen in action (although not by steam as its boiler has long gone).

A fascinating and historic site, beside the canal and railway.

Please note:
The mill is privately owned and is only open on  selected days with kind permission of the owner. 

St. Mary’s Mill will be open on Sunday, 25th August

Waterwheel and turning steam engine to view at this historic mill

Booking Only: 01453 766273

Tours 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 p.m. Entry: adults £3

No Parking on Site – see Directions and access below

The Tangye Steam Engine at St. Mary’s


By Car: Park near the Round House at Chalford, off the A419 and walk along the canal towpath. If coming by foot along the road you will encounter one of the few manned railway crossings.

Bus: See Stagecoach for buses to Chalford. Bus stop for St. Mary’s.


Disabled access can be accommodated by driving down via the level crossing. The ground is somewhat uneven as is the brick floor within the mill. There is a step down into the steam engine room.


Toilets are not available at this site.