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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 and Colchester's only National Trust property. 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.
For a potted history of Bourne Mill why not check out our video blog created for Heritage Open Days 2021.
A Bourne Valley Audio Trail is also available to download which will help you explore the site and surrounding area.
limited on-site parking
Prices: Adult £5 / Children £2.50 / Family £12.50 / One adult family £7.50
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- National Trust Property
Map & Directions
By Road:Travelling from Colchester along the Mersea Road B1025) take 5th turning on the left, Bourne Rd.The nearest railway station is Colchester Town, which is 2 miles away.