Welcome to the Flaxmill Maltings

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre opening times

Due to the concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) we have taken the decision that the Visitor Centre run by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings will close until the end of May and any public group tours and events taking place during this time, including the Family Fun Day, will be cancelled and re-scheduled for a future date if possible.

Our primary concern is for the safety of members of the public, our volunteers, staff and the wider community.

We will be looking at ways to work remotely with our volunteers so they can be actively engaged from home and will keep everyone informed of any changes to closure dates via social media and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings email newsletter.

In the meantime, we will help where we can - get in touch via info@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk or phone 01743 360213.


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  • June – October, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 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.


Virtual tour now available when visiting

On Sunday 24 November 2019 we were able to say #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players who have helped make the restoration of the Main Mill and Kiln possible. With excellent work from Seeable, we showed a group of 50 visitors the inside of the Mill through a virtual tour.  This innovative new tour format is now available to all visitors to our Visitor Centre, thus enabling us to show you around without actually setting foot inside the building. 
An overview of the Virtual tour created by Seeable.