Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only are welcome inside the mill.
Dogs on leads allowed in grounds.
Available for functions
Please contact for further information.
Electric vehicle charging point
Numerous podpoint charging points around Colchester. The nearest is at Magdalen Street, CO1 2JT.
Small selection of second hand books.
Guided tours, available at no extra charge, are recommended for you to get the most out of your visit.
Limited parking for blue badge holders only.
Blue Badge parking on property. On-road parking available in close proximity. Grassy paths and slopes, some steps around grounds. Toilet on the first floor. Picnic tables outside the Mill.
Accessible composting toilet in grounds.
Indoor seating, outdoor benches and picnic tables.
Portable induction loops or in-ear devices available upon request.
Varied terrain including slopes, boardwalks and some steps. Occasionally soft or boggy ground. Very steep staircase inside mill.
A ramp is available to access the ground floor of the mill.
1 mile south of centre of Colchester, on Bourne Road, off Mersea Road (B1025)
Parking: There is space on site for blue badge parking only. Nearby on-street parking is limited.
Sat Nav: Using the property postcode CO2 8RT when coming from Mersea leaves you in Roosevelt Way. The property is not visible from here so walk back to Stalin road and head north down the footpath, over the brook and up onto Bourne Road. Alternatively, Stay on Mersea road towards the centre of Colchester and take a right at Bourne Road.
Bourne Mill can be accessed from 3 railway stations: Colchester (1.84 miles away), Colchester Town (0.73 miles) or Hythe (0.88 miles). The 66 bus runs from Colchester Station to Old Heath.
Bus Numbers 65, 71, 81a, 66/66a go from Colchester Bus Station to Old Heath.
Plan your school visit to explore the wildlife, history and culture of this historic site with our lesson ideas and resources.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Bourne Mill. This article explains where your dogs can and can't go, the facilities we provide for them and our Canine Code.
Built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and converted into a fulling mill in the 17th century and then a corn mill in the 19th century, Bourne Mill still has a working waterwheel, millpond and stream.
With its fulling stocks and 72-bucket waterwheel, Bourne Mill offers a fascinating peek into the history of Colchester's textile industry. Explore its highlights on a tour of the mill.
Explore the millpond, bug hotel and stumpery in the grounds at Bourne Mill and take a stroll around to fully appreciate the exterior of the 16th-century mill.
A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century.
Just a mile south of Colchester sits Bourne Mill, a grade 1 listed building steeped in history. It was built as a fishing lodge in 1591, converted to a fulling mill around 1640 and then converted to a corn mill in about 1840, which continued working until the 1930s. It is well worth a visit for all the family.
Bourne Mill is set in tranquil grounds, next to a millpond and babbling stream. The mill still has a working waterwheel and the grounds give plenty of scope for family fun. The grounds have a pond, wetlands and woods and are home to a variety of wildlife including birds, bats, waterfowl, bugs and beetles.
From a monks' fishing spot to an Elizabethan banqueting house to a fulling mill, Bourne Mill's history is inseparable from the town of Colchester's. Discover its rich story here.
Find out how we’re researching and reinterpreting Bourne Mill thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, and discover the vital conservation work we’re doing to preserve this place.