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.




Telephone: 01738 828 268 or 01738 828 704.


4QE, Mill Brae, Stanley, Perthshire, PH1 4RA

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: Closed

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