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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


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