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.

Directions from Town

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.


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)

Patterson's Spade Mill
Co Antrim
BT39 0AP



Attractions in Co Antrim