Welcome to the Flaxmill Maltings

Thanks to You!

We’re saying #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players with this special event on Sunday 24 November 2019

At Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings we want to say #ThanksToYou and all the National Lottery players who have helped make the restoration of the Main Mill and Kiln possible. This year is the 25th Birthday of The National Lottery, and we’re excited to celebrate the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 25 years. If you play, then you contributed to The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £20.7 million that has made this project possible.

An overview of the Virtual tour created by Seeable.
To celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday you are invited to join Historic England and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings in the Visitor Centre for the launch of our new virtual tour. Be the first to see this new addition to the Centre whilst enjoying seasonal mulled wine and mince pies.

This innovative new tour format will take you inside the Main Mill and show you around without actually setting foot inside the building.  Through the virtual tour and accompanying talks you will be able to see progress made so far and hear about what is happening at the moment as well as future plans for the site. 

You will hear lots of interesting facts about the history of both the Flax Mill and the Maltings and how the buildings have adapted over time.  

We will also share some fun facts about the restoration and how such a big construction challenge has, at times, required some truly innovative thinking. 

Working collaboratively the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Historic England are bringing this building back to life.  Representatives of both will be there on the day to answer your questions.

You need to bring your proof of National Lottery ticket purchase with you on the day, and don’t forget to wrap up warm. We are one of hundreds of National Lottery-funded projects across the UK who are taking part in the #ThanksToYou campaign in this special Birthday year.

The event will be held on Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury, SY1 2SZ. Pre-booking for timed slots required. This event is for over 18’s only.

Details of how to book a free ticket for this special event and full Terms &Conditions can be found on Event Brite (click the link).

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre opening times


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Opening times:

  • April – October, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

  • November  - March, Saturdays only, 10 am to 4 pm

Group visits available through prior booking, most days of the week.

In November 2015 this new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre opened its doors for the first time. Housed in the renovated office and stables thanks to grants from Historic England and the ERDF it tells the story of the Flax Mill Maltings, the mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen.

Discover more about:

  • How flax was processed - from field to thread
  • The different items made from flax - from ship sails to playing cards
  • The impact of the building’s revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture
  • Working conditions at the mill, including child labour
  • The change of use from Flax Mill to Maltings
  • The role of the old canal and Shropshire pioneers in the industrial revolution

Watch a short animated film which charts the history of the building and its people.

Listen to oral history recollections of people who worked at the Maltings and who were barracked there during the World War II.


The Visitor Centre also houses a meeting/learning room, with projector and interactive white board, and a study and research space.

In addition the funding has provided for the demolition of the South Silo and the creation of valuable public open space along with landscaping and much improved parking facilities.