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Historic Site

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill


Picturesque watermill with working waterwheel. A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century.

Just a mile south of Colchester sits Bourne Mill, a grade 1 listed building steeped in history. It was built as a fishing lodge in 1591, converted to a fulling mill around 1640 and then converted to a corn mill in about 1840, which continued working until the 1930s. It is well worth a visit for all the family.

Bourne Mill is set in tranquil grounds, next to a millpond and babbling stream. The mill still has a working waterwheel and the grounds give plenty of scope for family fun. The grounds have a pond, wetlands and woods and are home to a variety of wildlife including birds, bats, waterfowl, bugs and beetles.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcome

limited on-site parking

Opening details

Open 25th March - 1st November Wednesday-Sunday plus Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm


Prices Adult £3.75, children £1.90

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 16 May Spring Craft Fair


National Trust


Bourne Mill,
Bourne Road,


See location of Bourne Mill on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 005238  Lat: 51.87670 Long: 0.91141

By Road:
Travelling from Colchester along the Mersea Road B1025) take 5th turning on the left, Bourne Rd.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

limited on-site parking