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Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill

Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, B13 0BD

Tel: +44 (0)121 777 6612

Admission: Adults 3
Concessions 2
Children under 16 FREE
Annual multi site pass 16
Admission charges apply to the Mill only. The grounds are free to all visitors.

Opening Times:
Closed for Winter Season except for special events and pre-arranged visits. Reopens Spring 2012.

The 200-year-old mill at Sarehole is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham. The cobbled courtyard and mill pool are a tranquil haven from 21st century life outside, while the buildings and their impressive machinery give a unique insight into the lives of the millers who once inhabited this rural retreat.

More than seventy watermills once occupied the riverbanks around Birmingham and there has been one at Sarehole for at least 460 years.  Sarehole was first built as a corn-grinding mill but has also been used for rolling sheet metal, grinding blades and wire rolling.

The Mill was once rented to Matthew Boulton before he moved to Handsworth to build his famous Soho Manufactory. The local landscape also provided inspiration for the stories of JRR Tolkien who spent his childhood here.

Highlights at Sarehole Mill include:

  • The northwheel, mill gears and grinding stones on the first floor. These can be seen working on demonstration days.
  • The bakehouse with the original breadoven from the 1840s, large enough to hold 80 loaves of bread.
  • The Tolkien displays – Sarehole Mill is part of the Tolkien Trail, which follows the childhood footsteps of the author and the places that influenced his writing. Download the Tolkien Trail leaflet.
  • The secluded mill pool – occupied by all kinds of wildlife including moorhens, mallard and herons. Kingfishers are regular visitors.

What's On

  • 1 Feb - Origins of Middle Earth Walk 

  • 29 Feb - Origins of Middle Earth Walk 

  • 28 Mar - Origins of Middle Earth Walk 

All take place at 11am. Tickets £5. Phone 0121 777 6612 to prebook

Check the What’s On page for the latest listings for all sites belonging to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

The mill is normally closed in the winter months. School parties and pre-booked groups are welcome all year round. Charges may apply for out-of-season visits so please contact Sarehole Mill for further details.

See images of Sarehole Mill taken between 1895 and 1976 on flickr.