Welcome to the Flaxmill Maltings



Heritage Open Days here at

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings


A unique opportunity to go on a guided tour inside the buildings and see how the work is progressing.

Guided tours will be available at regular intervals throughout the weekend between 10am and 4pm, with a chance to look in the Main Mill and see the views from the newly opened up windows. This should easily compensate for the fact that the tower won't be accessible for tours at this point. The building works dictate that it is currently out of bounds.

There will be interpretation and displays on the history, structure and uses of the buildings.

In addition there will be an open art exhibition, which will remain accessible until the 22nd of September, with a preview evening on the 13th .

There will be child friendly activities and other displays and entertainment during the weekend.

The Visitor Centre will also be open, with volunteers available to talk about the history of the buildings and their future.

Please note, tours last about 1 hour. To go on a tour of the buildings visitors must be over 16 years old and wear suitable sturdy footwear. Visitors wearing heels or open sandals will not be allowed on tours.




Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre opening times


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Entry is free

Opening times:

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

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

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.