Stanley Mills



Enjoy a hi-tech visitor experience at one of the Industrial Revolution’s best-preserved relics. Interactive displays tell the stories of those who worked here and the products they made.

For 200 years, this spectacular mill harnessed the power of the River Tay to produce textiles. Built in the 1780s, the mill complex was altered many times to keep up with the industry’s changing demands, before it finally closed in 1989.

Hear the clamour of the factory floor. Learn how engineers harnessed water power. See the machinery that turned raw cotton into products that were exported from Scotland across the globe.

What to see and do

  • Explore the mill buildings to discover the many changes that took place over 200 years
  • Get an insight into the lives of the mill workers – mostly women and children
  • Enter the Bell Mill, one of the world’s oldest surviving factories, which is largely unchanged
  • Visit the Mid Mill, built in the 1820s during an era of expansion
  • See the lades – this network of waterways was used to channel the power of the River Tay
  • Imagine Stanley village in its early days – it was originally built in the 1780s to provide housing for mill workers
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the mill. 

Calling all former Stanley Mills workers

Get in touch if you or someone you know worked at Stanley Mills – your stories can add to our shared history.

Stanley Mills wants to hear from former workers who can share memories and information, and help us to bring the past alive. Anyone with a connection to the mill can join the group.

Call the Stanley Mills Monument Manager on 01738 825 901.

Opening times

29 Mar to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

1 Oct to 28 Mar:

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