McKernan Woollen Mills offer free guided tours of their real working weaving and knitting studio.
Experience the carefully restored 19th-century Hattersley looms and state-of-the-art knitting machines in operation. Discover the fascinating process of textile manufacturing in a historical context.
McKernan’s contemporary designs are sold in high-end boutiques, concept stores and museum shops throughout Ireland, Europe and North America. This tour is ideal for fashion and textile enthusiasts, history buffs, or anyone who has wondered how clothes are made.
Visitors will meet the makers and learn how designs are brought from early concepts to hand-finished pieces. They will experience the passion, skill, and many hands necessary to create the clothing we so often take for granted.
The tour finishes up in the colourful mill shop which stocks the full range of woven and knitted accessories. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to find a bargain on the special offer and sample rails.
The tours are fully guided by a talented staff member and are available in both German and English. Walk-in individual travellers are always welcome but booking is advised for larger groups.
- Real working mill
- Fully guided tour
- Meet the makers
- Outlet shop
Good to Know
Admission: Free to visit.
Open months: Open year-round.
Visit duration: 40 to 60 minutes.
Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited.
Cool for kids Aged 10 to 17.
Rainy days: All indoor.
Gift shop: The McKernan showroom offers unique woven and knitted accessories including scarves, shawls, hats and gloves. All made at the mill.
WiFi: Available in the showroom.
Toilet facilities: On-site.
Accessibility: Partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible toilets.
Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.
Groups: Tours for up to 15 people.
Parking: Free on-street and private car parking, free on-street coach parking.
Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times, and other information on their website or directly with the attraction before visiting or booking.