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Patterson's Spade Mill Guided Tour

Witness over 250 years of spade making history at the last water powered spade mill, in daily operation, in the UK.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Join our Spade Makers for a guided tour of Patterson's Spade Mill.

Engage your senses and hear the hammers ring on the anvils, see the flames and feel the heat of traditional spade-making.

Guided tours vividly capture life during the Industrial Revolution and dig up the history and culture of the humble spade.

Find out the origins of the phrase 'a face as long as a Lurgan spade'. Spoiler alert: it's not what you think.

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Prices

Event prices

Ticket typeTicket category
National Trust Member£0.00
Guided Tour£8.50
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The basics

Booking details

Call 03442491895

Suitability

Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Meeting point

Patterson's Spade Mill welcome area.

What to bring and wear

Dress appropriately for the weather to ensure comfort, parts of the tour are outside.

Accessibility

Fully accessible

Other

Normal Admission, Members Free

Contact info

Patterson's Spade Mill

Upcoming events

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4-Week Blacksmithing Course Starts Thurs February 15th, 2024 

Take time out of your hustle and bustle and try your hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing.

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29 Feb to 7 Mar 2024
at
19:00 to 21:00
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Patterson's Spade Mill Interactive Tour 

Experience 250 years of spade making history at the last water powered spade mill, still in daily operation, in the UK. Engage your senses as you feel the heat of the forge, see the flames and hear the ring of hammers on steel.

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on
2 Mar to 2 Nov 2024
at
15:00 to 16:00
+ 22 other dates or times
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1-Day Blacksmithing Courses on Saturday 9th and 23rd March 2024 

Take time out of your hustle and bustle and become a blacksmith.

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on
9 Mar to 23 Mar 2024
at
10:00 to 16:30
+ 1 other date or time