Bourne Mill

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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.

Check the National Trust website for latest entry prices.

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.


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Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Map & Directions


Road 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.

Bourne Mill

Type:Historic Site

Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT

Tel: 01206 549799

Fax: 01279 874044


  • Other AwardsNational Trust National Trust 2019

Opening Times

* Bourne Mill operates limited and seasonal opening hours. Please check the National Trust website for the latest information.