Summer at Houghton Mill

This summer experience Houghton Mill in new ways, both inside and outdoors.

This summer is the perfect time to visit Houghton Mill, an historic working watermill on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire. Join one of our brand new guided tours, enjoy craft activities with your children, experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional working flour mill or enjoy walking, cycling and canoeing in the beautiful countryside around us.

*NEW* Mill tours

For the first time this summer we are offering free guided tours of Houghton Mill. From early beginnings in 974 AD to the height of prosperity in 1850, discover the history of the largest mill on the Great River Ouse. The tour takes you through all three floors of the mill following the milling process via the impressive Victorian machinery and cutting edge technology of the time.

The tours run twice a day on Mondays and Thursdays during July and August, and as groups are small booking is advisable. Click here for more information or to book.

Crafty Tuesdays

Our Crafty Tuesdays are back during the summer holidays for 3-10 years olds. Drop in on Tuesday afternoons during the holidays and join our summer craft event using scrap materials to make a work of art. For more information visit our What's on section.


Every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon over the summer you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional working flour mill. You can even buy a bag of freshly milled Houghton Mill stone ground flour to try baking with at home! 

Please note that whilst the Mill tours and Crafty Tuesday events are free, normal admission fees apply (free for National Trust members). 

Outdoor activities

Set in the heart of the Ouse Valley, you can enjoy some of the region’s most picturesque waterways and villages from Houghton Mill via a network of tributaries or cycle and walking routes. Bring your own canoe or dinghy, or you can hire punts, canoes and rowing boats from Houghton Boats next to the Mill. For nature lovers, there is a huge variety of wildlife to spot and coarse fishing is permitted (a National Rod License is essential).