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.
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