The Dean Clough Mills

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Dean Clough Mills is a nationally renowned centre for business and the arts, located on a landmark site that was once the world's largest carpet factory.

Over the last 30 years Dean Clough's imposing 19th C. buildings have been renovated to the highest standard and the half-mile long complex now accommodates over 150 businesses that employ some 4,000 people.

Business aside, though, Dean Clough has from its inception been committed to the arts. Its six, free gallery spaces are one of the country's largest private galleries and feature a changing display of contemporary work - including painting, installations, photography and illustration. It operates a regular performance programme that is renowned for international jazz, national comedy and national theatre in the unique, underground 'Viaduct Theatre'.

Several leading arts organisations are based at Dean Clough (including Northern Broadsides Theatre Company and IOU Theatre) and it also provides bursary studios to over 20 notable artists and makers (a policy that historically influenced contemporary approaches to national arts funding).

In 2012 the visitor facilities at Dean Clough received a conspicuous boost with the opening of a Jack Wills Designer Outlet in an imaginatively converted mill. This is in addition to the Travelodge Hotel, the Fitness First Gym and The Cook School. There are also at present two award winning restaurants on site and two exceptional cafés.

Visitors are welcome seven days a week and the public mills are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Parking charges apply during the week but not at weekends and the site is otherwise 'free entry'. More information can be found on the website, on Facebook or by calling Dean Clough reception on: 01422 250250.

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