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Explore White Mill

Visitors outside the White Mill at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Visitors outside the White Mill at Kingston Lacy, Dorset | © National Trust Images/John Millar

In a peaceful corner of Dorset stands White Mill, nestled on the River Stour in the Kingston Lacy estate. Discover more about the last surviving mill on this stretch of the river.

A peaceful retreat

Step inside to discover the remains of wooden gearing, shafts and frames, all constructed to a wonderfully high standard. In its heyday, the mill would have shaken with the vibrations of the clattering machinery and the roar of rushing water.

Walk through the 18th century building and discover the stories of the millers and their families, including the Joyce family – tenant millers for 130 years.

Join a tour

Join a guided tour to find out more about the owners and workings of White Mill. Tours are available throughout the day, on days the mill is open, and last around 40-45 minutes.

Nature spotting

Away from the noise and hubbub of everyday life, White Mill is a nature spotter’s dream. Keep your eye out for the many interesting animals, birds, and fish that live on and in the River Stour, including otters, kingfishers and pike.

Why not take a walk along the riverbank and see how many creatures you can spot?

An otter swimming in a river with its head above the water at Croome, Worcestershire
An otter swimming in a river | © National Trust Images / John Hubble

Bringing the kids?

It's easy to relax as a family at White Mill. There are activities for children in the mill, or you can settle down in the gardens and enjoy a picnic by the river.

Where next?

The Kingston Lacy estate has over 8,500 acres of unspoilt countryside – lots of space to explore. Combine your visit with a trip to see the stunning Kingston Lacy mansion, or enjoy a stroll along the beautiful Beech Avenue and see how many trees you can count.

If you're looking to step further back in time, the ancient hillfort of Badbury Rings sits nearby, boasting wildlife walks and hilltop views.

A view of White Mill from its grounds at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Discover more at White Mill

Find out when White Mill is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Tree planting at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Volunteering at White Mill 

Find out all you need to know about joining the volunteer team at White Mill, from the kinds of work our volunteers help out with to how to get in touch if you’d like to apply

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Houses and buildings 

Historic buildings are a treasure trove of stories, art and collections. Learn more about their histories and plan your next visit.

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