Visit The Tide Mill, Woodbridge, one of a handful worldwide still producing flour and working on the same site for well over 850 years.
Woodbridge Tide Mill is a bit of an icon locally, known by Woodbridge residents to be an attraction that brings visitors to the Town. It’s milling demonstrations and wheel turning times, are a great way for people to witness the process of flour production from an historical perspective. The Mill has done this in one form or another for hundreds of years and now you can see it for yourself.
The Mill produces flour which it sells to help contribute to maintaining this very old building and machinery. Given that this is a regular occurrence, Head Miller Dan and his team have made flour production a spectator sport so that visitors can come and see, hear, smell and taste it.
The Mill’s friendly wardens will guide you around a host of interactive activities, unique computer generated imagery and children’s activities to help you discover how the grain and ultimately the flour move around the Mill.
The first record of a tide mill here on the River Deben is in 1170. A tide mill has stood in Woodbridge for over 800 years, using the green energy of the tide to drive a huge waterwheel, grinding an authentic stoneground wholemeal flour. It demonstrates over 800 years of English technological and cultural heritage from Norman times to date. The present mill was built in 1793 and its massive working machinery displays the skills and achievements of the early Industrial Revolution.
When it closed in 1957, it was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK; now fully restored, so that today it is a unique ‘living’ museum. Staffed with friendly and knowledgeable wardens and volunteers, it is spread over three floors, featuring an introductory video, unique computer generated imagery (CGI) to show how grain and flour move around the mill, interactive models, audio stations, and superbly illustrated exhibition panels.
The Mill is dependent on the tides and heights of the tide, but the machinery can turn most days although at different times. Milling can only take place when both aspects of the tides are right, but usually several times a month. The millers are only too happy to talk to visitors and explain what they are doing. Operating and milling times are advertised on the website and seeing it operate is a rare and fascinating experience, so should be experienced.
It is one of Suffolk’s most iconic buildings and is an ideal part of the Woodbridge experience.
Adult (16yrs+) – £6.00
Concession – £5.00
Accompanied Child (5-15yrs) – £2.00
Family (up to 2 Adults and 2 children) – £12.00
Visitors with access limitations – Free
Tickets can be PURCHASED ON ENTRY or IN ADVANCE.
The Mill is open every day from 11am – 5pm from 1 April to End of November.
When we are open there is a calendar of wheel turning times on the ‘Plan Your Visit’ page
It is recommended that you allow up to an hour to visit the Mill’s three floors and outside area.
- Accessible toilets
- Baby changing