The Town Mill
The Town Mill
4.5
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
About
This ancient watermill, set in the artisan quarter of Lyme Regis, was rescued from dereliction by local volunteers, through a ten-year restoration project. Today, the unique and intriguing story of The Town Mill is recounted by our volunteer millers, who mill stoneground wholemeal flour, and keep this special place open for everyone to enjoy. Nestling around a cobbled courtyard, restored mill buildings house a working flour watermill and shop, as well as an art galley, restaurant, silversmith, seamstress, pottery, seaweed art, design agency, pilates studio and a micro-brewery. You can view The Mill and waterwheel daily, free of charge and self-guided. As a charity we welcome donations to help keep the Mill open for visitors to enjoy! Our delicious wheat, rye and spelt flour is also available to purchase from our shop. Opening of the mill is reliant on our volunteer availability so please do check our opening times on the website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Scopes
    London, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Town Mill is alive with history
    Just had a tour of Lyme Regis town mill. The two volunteers John and Steve were amazing. They tell the story of the mill with great energy and enthusiasm, my 6 year old son loved the experience, cant praise them both enough for taking the time to light up this piece of history in his mind. He even got to close the sluice to stop the mill wheel, and then open it again to set the huge water wheel in motion, great stuff. If your kids love a bit of history take them to the town mill ……fantastic!
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 2, 2023
  • TJA31
    Greater London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Great tour!
    Great place to visit, totally exceeded our expectations. Sue who did the tour for us was very knowledgeable and there were some parts where the kids could get involved as well. Sue did a fantastic job to make the tour interesting for both kids and adults!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 16, 2023
  • Melissa M
    Nottingham, Maryland68 contributions
    A real, live, working mill!
    I've seen many mills before. I've seen the huge millstones, and the water wheels sitting outside, and the big gears on the inside. I have never in my life seen a working mill! They open the sluice gate and the wheel starts going, and the flour they grind is for sale in the gift shop! Sue, a volunteer, took us around and showed us the different types of grains that they grind, how all the mechanisms work, and the wheel that raises full sacks of flour up to the loft (they used to weigh 200 lbs.). She explained everything so beautifully, and told us a brief history of grinding grain and let us try our hand at using a quern. The Mill relies on donations, and they've done such a lovely job of restoring it that it's well worth the time to watch the mill wheels turn, buy a sack of flour, and drop some money in the box on your way out.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Ladytrip
    Cruden Bay (Port Erroll), United Kingdom1 contribution
    As a rule of thumb, this is a superb visit
    Keith the guide was knowledgeable and got his enthusiasm across to us. The history of the Mill was a reminder that the council doesn't always know best. As always the volunteers are the backbone and the reason for being for an attraction like this. Great way to spend time.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 28, 2023
  • SEB
    4 contributions
    Fantastic tour
    The tour, given by Sue, was fantastic, really informative and practical, giving members of the group the chance to try their hand at milling. Sue was a great tour guide, she knew loads of information and our teenagers were fascinated! Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Janetrip1234
    Romford, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Meet the Miller tour
    We had the meet the miller tour with Sue. She was. Very knowledgeable and engaging. It was very interesting to learn about the different grains as well as the history of the milling process. Great to see the mill in action and I look forward to baking with the flour.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Nick E
    2 contributions
    Brilliant, exciting, educational, amazing to see an old mill working!
    Run by a charity and volunteer led. We went in on the free basis self guided tour but came across a tour. Didnt realise it was a paid for. (Around £10 per adult but free for small children). So joined, as you couldnt really get away from it as it was a small place. But on finding out it was paid I donated more than the value of the tickets as it was soo good. The volunteer was so knowledgable. And was handling all the equipment as part of her demonstration which was amazing to watch the water wheel being turned on and flour actually produced. And the equipment used to maintain the stones in the tubs etc…. They were very accommodating despite us not being clearly on the tour… and chatting to the ladies afterwards we bought some freshly milled flour and bread making kits. The shop had loads of items and appropriate products. Be wary that the opening times online arent always up to date. Online said 4.30 close but the sign on the door was 11am to 1.30pm. Volunteer availability seems to rule this. Well worth a visit. Not owned by commercial company. Only by locals who want to keep a local asset alive. (Instead of being turned in to another car park…. Which is all good having another car park for the tourists but if they have nothing to see why would they come… and this is very much worth seeing! Kids and adults alike)
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Paul
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Historic water mill
    Really enthusiastic guides helped to bring this place to life. I particularly enjoyed the demonstration of "turning" the water wheel on and off! Free admission is always a bonus but we were happy to make a purchase in the shop.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Lindsay W
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Passionate volunteers,great working historic mill
    Great visit, really interesting and a fab part of history. Passionate volunteers so eager to share the history and show you the workings of it alll and get you involved where possible. It is free entry with a requested donation or a purchase of their flour. So worth a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Jane F
    Cirencester, United Kingdom105 contributions
    Great place
    Really great visit, volunteers are passionate about this and you can see why, so much history. the whole milling process is explained and demonstrated. Free entry with donations requested and also flour and associated baking bits and pieces to buy.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
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Scopes
London, UK2 contributions
Jan 2023
Just had a tour of Lyme Regis town mill. The two volunteers John and Steve were amazing. They tell the story of the mill with great energy and enthusiasm, my 6 year old son loved the experience, cant praise them both enough for taking the time to light up this piece of history in his mind. He even got to close the sluice to stop the mill wheel, and then open it again to set the huge water wheel in motion, great stuff. If your kids love a bit of history take them to the town mill ……fantastic!
Written January 2, 2023
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Melissa M
Nottingham, MD68 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
I've seen many mills before. I've seen the huge millstones, and the water wheels sitting outside, and the big gears on the inside. I have never in my life seen a working mill! They open the sluice gate and the wheel starts going, and the flour they grind is for sale in the gift shop!

Sue, a volunteer, took us around and showed us the different types of grains that they grind, how all the mechanisms work, and the wheel that raises full sacks of flour up to the loft (they used to weigh 200 lbs.). She explained everything so beautifully, and told us a brief history of grinding grain and let us try our hand at using a quern. The Mill relies on donations, and they've done such a lovely job of restoring it that it's well worth the time to watch the mill wheels turn, buy a sack of flour, and drop some money in the box on your way out.
Written March 9, 2023
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Rovin_Jon
London, UK37 contributions
Oct 2022
It's well worth popping in to see this working water mill in the centre of Lyme Regis. There has been a mill on the sie for over a thousand years, and parts of the current mill date back to the 14th century. Astonishingly, in the 1990's the mill and surrounding buildings were almost demolished to make way for a car park - today there's the mill, a micro brewery and a restauarant all situated a short walk from the main street in Lyme - how much more valuable than a car park! The restoration and operation of the mill has clearly been a labour of love for a dedicated team, and they have succeeded brilliantly. The working equipment is Victorian and the friendly and highly expert guides will explain precisely how it works (if you like the technology) and the milling process (if you're interested in food production.) It's all very interactive - you can have the short overview or the full experience, as you like. The attached shop sells flour milled on site.
Written October 16, 2022
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KTP310
Reading, UK950 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We spent a lovely hour or so browsing around The Town Mill. The working mill was very interesting, and there were some great art galleries - we especially loved the Seaweed art shop. And a great cafe too, with a lovely courtyard garden.
Written April 20, 2021
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Driver39
Warminster, UK184 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
The Lyme Regis Town Mill has been in existence since 1340!! That alone is astounding. The renovation of this amazing building and its mill and waterwheel ,has obviously been a Labour of love and passion by the community of Lyme. The volunteers are so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and keen to share the history with all visitors. The engineers who have rebuilt and now maintain the mechanical side are so passionate and rightly proud of it all. Every penny spent here will give you an insight into water power, hydroelectricity, food production , marketing and a trip back in time. Wonderful.
Written March 12, 2022
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SarahLiveing1
New Zealand160 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
This was one of the most enjoyable, thorough, interesting visits to a living museum I’ve had.

Our volunteer guide, Sue, was most informative and seemed so knowledgeable on her topic. We were given some history of the mill as well as being shown how all the mechanics work to be able to get the stones to turn to create the flour. As three home bread makers, we found it most fascinating.

We were with another couple who were not home bakers and they were equally interested in what was being shown to us.

For £8 pp this was money well spent.
Written September 24, 2022
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Julie B
London, UK437 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The Mill is a true gem and I would highly recommend booking a tour. It is run by a team of extremely knowledgable and engaging volunteers and is both comprehensive and fascinating, incorporating a significant amount of local history, agricultural & cultural information too. I was glad it was our first stop in Lyme having walked along the leat from the car park. The practical discussion about flours and bread making has prompted my husband to start baking bread again, with delicious results.
Mike was our guide & had a very interactive style. Younger children would have also got a lot out of it. Outside a tour there are plenty of excellent information boards.
Practically it is unsuitable for frail elderly & very young children unless carried. Im not sure if it has a toilet but there is a cafe next door.
Written October 27, 2021
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Extraordinary737532
1 contribution
Mar 2022
We were delighted by this wonderful old mill - the excitement of the mill wheel set in majestic motion for us and seeing rye ground into flour as we watched. The mill was founded in medieval times and the place is redolent with history. The enthusiastic miller, Sue’s tour was the icing on the cake! A great attraction for children in particular but it also pleased this couple of pensioners!
Written April 7, 2022
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Lindsay W
Lincolnshire, UK13 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great visit, really interesting and a fab part of history. Passionate volunteers so eager to share the history and show you the workings of it alll and get you involved where possible. It is free entry with a requested donation or a purchase of their flour. So worth a visit
Written July 4, 2023
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Nick E
2 contributions
May 2023
Run by a charity and volunteer led. We went in on the free basis self guided tour but came across a tour. Didnt realise it was a paid for. (Around £10 per adult but free for small children). So joined, as you couldnt really get away from it as it was a small place. But on finding out it was paid I donated more than the value of the tickets as it was soo good. The volunteer was so knowledgable. And was handling all the equipment as part of her demonstration which was amazing to watch the water wheel being turned on and flour actually produced. And the equipment used to maintain the stones in the tubs etc…. They were very accommodating despite us not being clearly on the tour… and chatting to the ladies afterwards we bought some freshly milled flour and bread making kits. The shop had loads of items and appropriate products. Be wary that the opening times online arent always up to date. Online said 4.30 close but the sign on the door was 11am to 1.30pm. Volunteer availability seems to rule this. Well worth a visit. Not owned by commercial company. Only by locals who want to keep a local asset alive. (Instead of being turned in to another car park…. Which is all good having another car park for the tourists but if they have nothing to see why would they come… and this is very much worth seeing! Kids and adults alike)
Written May 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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