Thwaite Mills Museum is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). Situated on the outskirts of Leeds, the Museum is approximately 3 miles from Leeds City Centre. 

Access to the Museum is via Thwaite Lane, off the A639 or ½ a mile from Junction 7 of the M621.  Thwaite Lane is about 0.5 miles long with a hill up to the bridge about 300 yards along it.

Please note that during Leeds Education authority’s school terms all visits to Thwaite Mills are tour led or workshop / event focussed. We are open during the school holidays for individual visits and can offer tours when staffing levels allow. 

We look forward to welcoming you but for more information before your visit, please call us on +44 (0)113 378 2983.  We are keen to have feedback from visitors on ways in which we can improve our access provision.

Disabled parking

Disabled parking bays and drop off points are available directly outside the Museum entrance.  A member of staff will meet you at the entrance gate when you arrive.  Please note that this is a cobbled pathway.

There is additional, but unmarked, parking along Thwaite Lane, about 100 yards from the Museum entrance.

Museum entrances

The entrance door to the visitor centre and shop is a push door and has a wide clearing space.

Lifts and access in the building

A large proportion of Thwaite Mills is fully accessible.  Some things to note are;

  • There is an external single chair lift to the entrance of the Mill Manager’s House
  • Wheelchair access to the upper floor display areas of the Mill is via a lift. The lift has capacity for one manual wheelchair on any journey and the turning space on the upper floor is very limited.
  • Seating is available in most spaces and in the grounds
  • There is ramped access to the Mill’s dipping pond
  • As the Museum is situated on the Aire and Calder Navigation the grounds can get very wet and boggy

Accessible toilets

There is an accessible toilet in the visitor centre.  Facilities in the accessible toilets include emergency alarms and fire alarm with a flashing light. These toilets are not RADAR key operated.

Entry to the museum is free of charge for carers.

Guide and assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and we can provide dog bowls on request.

Induction loops / Sound enhancement systems

An induction loop is in place in the visitor centre.

Handling sessions

Handling sessions, workshops and general drop-in tours are advertised via our events website –  see the events tab on the right.

Access provision for groups

Tailored handling sessions or touch tours on a group-specific interest area for groups can be organised.

If a member or members of your group require specific access provision, please contact us at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 (0)113 378 2983 or