Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill is the world’s only surviving 19th-century steam-powered weaving mill

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

On the outskirts of Burnley, a town once dominated by the textile industry, lies Queen Street Mill. The last operational steam-powered weaving mill in the world, in its Victorian heyday it specialised in producing plain calico cloth. The machinery has been preserved in full working order, including the Lancashire looms, boilers and a steam engine named Peace.

The Mill was producing cloth until its closure in 1982. Now it is a perfect time capsule of Victorian manufacturing, bringing the past to life and telling the story of cotton cloth production, offering insights into local social history along the way. 

Visitor information

You can see Peace in action on open days, usually 12.45-1.30pm, 2.15-3pm, and 3.45-4.30pm. The Mill still weaves cloth, and you can buy some of its products in the shop, and have a drink and a snack in the café.  

Venue details

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Harle Syke, Burnley Lancashire BB10 2HX 01282 412555 www.lancashire.gov.uk/acs/sites/museums

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

Mar & Nov
Tue – Thu, 12noon – 4pm
Apr & Oct
Tue – Fri, 12noon – 5pm
May – Sep
Tue – Sat, 12noon – 5pm
Open Bank Holiday weekends (Easter, May and August), 12noon – 5pm