Plan your visit to Stainsby Mill

Stainsby Mill on the Hardwick Estate, Derbyshire

Find out more about the Victorian water mill at Stainsby, what to expect and how to book in advance.

On the banks of the Doe Lea river, just the other side of a small village in Derbyshire, you will find Stainsby Mill. 

Please check for opening day, availability, timeslots and to book your experience. 


There is limited road parking outside the mill. You will be required to show your tickets and membership cards if applicable after parking when walking up to the Mill.

Book your ticket

  • For a high quality expereince there is a capacity (8 people) in place every 45 minutes for your 30 minute experience and you’ll need to book your visit in advance for your Stainsby experience. 
  • Please arrive within the 10 minute window on your timed ticket so that your experience can begin promptly. Your stay is limited to the duration of the experience.
  • Follow our one-way route, interact with our engagement volunteers and explore this working flour mill.
  • Please note: One way route has visitor access to higher floor via one way ladder access, and that there are steep stairs as part of the route.
  • Assistance dogs on ground floor. Please be aware that elements of your visit are outdoors.
  • Please note: your booking is soley for Stainsby Mill and Hardwick Hall is not inlcuded. Find out more about visiting Hardwick Hall here.

Book your visit

Please note you need to book tickets to visit Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill.

Discover the Mill at Stainsby

There has been a mill on this site for over 800 years, although changed, rebuilt and repaired over time. The mill became part of the Hardwick Estate when Bess of Hardwick purchased it in 1593. From the mid-seventeenth century until its closure in 1952 the mill was worked as part of the Stainsby mill farm, providing flour to the Devonshire family on the Hardwick Estate.  

Discover how simple grains were transformed into freshly baked bread for the grand mansion up the hill, Hardwick Hall. For more history on the mill before you visit, read our article.

The mill is still fully operational; however, we are currently not milling so as to carry out essential maintenance.

Grain - Stainsby Mill
Grain - Stainsby Mill
Grain - Stainsby Mill

Explore a miller's walk

When you have uncovered the past of the Mill and enjoyed its stories, head out a little further for a walk around the ponds, including Miller's pond. For a bite to eat, there is a little take-away outlet for drinks and snacks open every day between 10am - 5pm. Just ask our volunteer for directions.

One of the ponds at Hardwick

Miller's Shoe Walk 

Discover a walk around Miller's pond, so called because the river was dammed to supply Stainsby Mill with water in 1630. Now, it is a picturesque walking route, abundant in wildlife.