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“Very basic, if the mill isn't working”
Review of Eling Tide Mill

Eling Tide Mill
Southampton, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very basic, if the mill isn't working”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

My family and I visited the Tide Mill on the recommendation of neighbours. Fortunately the mill is only 10mins away from my house so it wasn't too much of a problem but were quite disappointed with what we found.

The Tide Mill is an old working mill that still continues to grind flour using the power of the tide. Unfortunately the mill was out of action due to maintenance so there wasn't the dramatic flow of water through the wheel but the area was open to view round at our leisure. If you're not technically minded it's very limited on the amount of interest you can take from it although if you had children it's somewhere very different for them to explore.

As the mill wasn't working the admission fee permitted us to revisit when it was and was a nice touch that I'm sure I'll take up and have to review again.

The Mill itself is linked to a local museum/cafe shop on the opposite side of the road that again is very simple but if you had time to stop and read I'm sure it would provide an insight into the local area. It gave us the feeling that some investment was needed in order to catapult the Tide Mill and its history into the 21st Century as the majority of the exhibits felt as though you were back at school.

The cafe is also very basic and would recommend a cup of tea rather than lunch, especially in the off-peak season. We were all a little let down by what could have been a quaint little tea shop but in fact was quite pricey for the quality.

It wasn't all doom and gloom as there is a delightful walk heading up river with great views and nice calming effect. For any geocachers among you, definitely check it out as there are a few in the area.

I'll be back and will leave another review.

Visited February 2013
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Helen R, Manager at Eling Tide Mill, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for you feedback, it is really useful to us as we are currently in the development phase of an HLF lottery bid and are looking and ways to enhance the visitor experience, including what we can offer if the mill isn't working (due to tidal restraints). I am sorry that you did not find that the tea rooms offered value for money, again we will be reviewing our offering. Hopefully you will keep an eye out on the progress with our lottery application and come and visit us again once we are relaunched.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Disabled unfriendly”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Wanted to look around when visiting friends who live nearby, they advised against it but I went anyway. Now I know why my friends were so insistent that it wasn't for me. There is no access to the Tidemill for anyone with more than a minor mobility affliction, and certainly none at all for anyone who uses a chair. I appreciate that the Tidemill is a 'working' mill but wheelchair users cannot even get into the shop because of an immediate step down in the entranceway. This is a problem throughout the entire area which has either narrow pavements which have the added pleasure of ill conceived placement of roadside furniture and dropped kerbs or no pavements at all. There is no safe passage between the Tidemill and other nearby 'attractions' (St Mary' church and the visitor centre) with even the able bodied having to dodge motorists.

Visited September 2012
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Helen R, Manager at Eling Tide Mill, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. We really appreciate your comments, as we are currently looking at access issues as part of our HLF lottery application and DDA compliance is a vital part. However, unfortunately we are quite restricted to what we can do given the fact that the Mill is a Grade 2* Listed Building. Therefore, we are looking at ways we can improve the experience for visitors by utilising the space across the road at the Heritage Centre. I would like to say, however, that usually visitors in wheelchairs are able to gain access to the lower floor by use of a ramp that we provide and we also set up a video of the mill on the ground floor, so I can only apologise if we did not help you with this on the ocassion you visited.
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Eling Tide Mill”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Something different. It's very picturesque at high tide and everything is well laid out. The surrounding area is also very attractive, with many small boats moored nearby. Worth a visit.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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“The museum is a good way to spend an hour or so”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Free museum and displays. Very simple but effective. The mill is dependent on tide times

Visited July 2012
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Warrington
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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“A compact little gem”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

We went along to the tide mill while on holiday in Hampshire and although it is small it is a lot of fun to look around especially when it's going full tilt. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and there's a little hide and seek game for little ones to play as they go round where they win a prize if they find all the little mice. It doesn't take long to go all the way round but it could well fill an hour if you have time (and no kids) and can enjoy the film and looking in detail at all the bits and bobs. The little shop sells a good range of tide mill flour products and the biscuits are fantastic! A nice little place to visit.

Visited July 2011
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