Welcome to the Flaxmill Maltings

Restoration works funded by the National Lottery


Important notice

Due to the concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) the Visitor Centre run, by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, is currently closed until further notice and any public group tours and planned events have been cancelled, to be 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.

In the meantime, we will help where we can - get in touch via [email protected] or phone 01743 360213.

Take a Virtual tour of the Main Mill

Given that the Mill is not open to the public at the moment 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 last year.

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

Virtual tour May 2019


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! 

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Visitor Centre



                                                                                                                                     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.