Patterson's Spade Mill

Listen to the hammers, smell the grit, feel the heat and witness the thrill of the only surviving water-driven spade mill in Ireland. Visitors can watch as red hot billets of steel are removed from the forge and fashioned into spades using the mill’s massive trip hammer.

• Discover the history and culture behind the humble spade
• Spade Mill tours and demonstrations
• Traditional tools, machinery and techniques
• Vividly captures life during the Industrial Revolution
• Handcrafted spades on sale and made to specification

Visitor facilities:
• Mill
• Industrial Heritage
• Guided tours
• Suitable for picnics
• Programme of events
• Access for visitors with disability
• Facilities for families
• Learning
• Dogs welcome on leads in grounds/garden only
• Available for functions.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Members of National Trust free

Opening times:

Every weekend and bank holiday from April until mid September
11:00-16:00 (last tour 15:00)

June, July, August (Saturday to Wednesday)
11:00-16:00 (last tour 15:00)

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Antrim Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Bus: Ulsterbus No.’s 110 and 120 between Belfast and Antrim, bus stop at entrance.
Car: On A6 (between Sandyknowes roundabout and Templepatrick roundabout), exit 4 from M2.
Drive time: 20 minutes from Belfast.
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Mondays
  • Picnic Area
  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Euro Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • Family Discount
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Contact Details

751 Antrim Road
County Antrim
BT39 0AP

Tel: (028) 9443 3619