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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:

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The level tarmac car park in front of the visitor centre has an accessible bay.

Approach to site

The site entrance is across the road and down a ramp or short flight of stairs.

Visitor centre

The shop and visitor centre are reached from the Bell Mill – all are on the level.


Stanley Mills has five rooms, all of which can be reached by lift.

The first room, known as ‘200 years of cotton’, is on the Bell Mill’s ground floor, which has uneven areas. Seating is available.

In the basement of the Bell Mill are the:

  • tar room – a short, narrow corridor, reached by a spiral staircase or lift
  • archaeology room – with a metal grid floor and level access to the wheelpit walkway (also with metal grid floor)

The interactive room is on the ground floor of the Mid Mill, reached from the wheelpit walkway through a doorway (with a slight bump up). Its floor is concrete and relatively even. Seating is available.

The carding room, on the first floor of the Mid Mill, is reached by two flights of stairs or a lift. This room has an even concrete floor and seating is available.

The spinning room is on the first floor of the Bell Mill, accessed via two flights of spiral stairs or a lift. Its floor has uneven areas. Seating is available

The artefact store, only open to the public on request or on open days, is on the second floor of the Bell Mill. It is reached by a spiral staircase or lift from the spinning room.

The terrace at the side of the Bell Mill is reached by a steep slope, which begins at the front of the visitor centre.


There is an adapted toilet in the:

  • carding room
  • interactive room

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

View our access guide to find out about accessibility at more than 80 of our sites.

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