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“beautiful location”

Houghton Mill (National Trust)
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Huntingdon
Certificate of Excellence
March
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“beautiful location”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

As with most national trust properties very well done with plenty of useful information from static displays and human guides. There is a nice little tearoom/cafe overlooking the river

Visited September 2013
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East Grinstead
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118 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Allowed to wonder through the building - good series of explanation boards. Also possible to have a guided tour.
Remember to start at the top of the mill.

Visited August 2013
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Lovely place for a summer's day”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Travelling back from a camping holiday we stopped here mainly because it was en-route for a picnic, but so glad we did because we stayed for a few hours.

There's a large grass car park, free for NT members, £2 for others. A river (obviously because its a mill) that lots of children were swimming in. Rowing boats also for hire. As we stood looking over the river a Kingfisher flew by.

A tour around the mill was interesting, again free to NT members. Some interactive displays/equipment for the kids, and craft activities for the younger ones too.

As with most NT places it is really good value if you are a member.

Nice little cafe/tea room, selling cakes & scones made with flour from the mill. Toilets in the mill and with the cafe, nice & clean (only open when the mill/cafe is open).

There's a nice looking campsite next door, so I think we'll be back.

Visited August 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A great learning experience - Lovely scones as well!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Visited Houghton Mill and had a great day out. It has a bit of everything. Boat and punt hire, a typically high quality National Trust cafe with to die for cream tea! The best part of the attraction is of course the mill. Still fully functional which is great to see. The history of the mill is fascinating and their are loads of working examples for the kids to have a try at.

I will visit Houghton mill again and again.

Visited August 2013
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Bungay, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Well-Preserved Working Watermill”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We've been to Houghton Mill several times but it always repays another visit. Milling takes place every Sunday and stone-ground flour from organic wheat is usually available. The milling process is well-presented with easy-to-follow interpretation panels. Staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions on all aspects of this wonderful piece of industrial history.

From milling with 10 pairs of wheels in the early 20th century to dereliction and near-demolition in the 1930s, it was rescued by the National Trust and then spent several years as a Youth Hostel. It was later restored to full working order in the form as shown. There are information panels depicting each of these stages, illustrated with photographs, posters and a timeline.

There is a small tea-room which sells scones and cakes made with the mill's flour. Houghton village is worthy of exploration and had several places for eating and drinking. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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