Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre will reopen on Sundays from 4 July to mid-September 2021, between 10am and 4pm. 

Pre-booking will not be necessary and social distancing will be in place on the site. Wider site accessibility remains limited, however we are pleased to announce that access to the Dye House will be possible. As such, we have decided to reopen on Sundays only, and site tours are not planned. Be advised that parking will be in the temporary car park accessible from St Michael's Street, and is limited. We are offering free guided walks every other Sunday, please sign up here: walks programme.

In the meantime, we continue giving bespoke virtual (and live) talks for groups, so please contact us for a talk about the history of the Mill, or watch our Heritage Open Day videos for more insights into the Friends, the site and the project.

The new visitor attraction in the Main Mill will open in Spring 2022.



Visitor Centre of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Image courtesy of Mike Ashton, MA Creative

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 Flaxmill 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. An even shorter version is available here

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.



Take a Virtual tour of the Main Mill

Given that the inside of the Mill is not open to the public due to the ongoing building works (though our Visitor Centre is open), we are pleased to offer an alternative way of exploring inside the building virtually. Follow the link to have a look at the where the project stood back in May 2019.

This incredible 3D construct was commissioned by Historic England and put together by SEEABLE Ltd, a Shropshire based AR & immersive 3D Agency.

To take a virtual tour of the Mill in May 2019 click here

Image of the virtual tour of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

If you are interested to see the difference eighteen months' make in this project, have a look at the earlier virtual tour from January 2018 and see if you can spot any differences!