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Pakenham Watermill

Pakenham Watermill,Bury St. Edmunds Information
The parish of Pakenham is unique in Britain in having both a working water mill and a working windmill.

The 18th C water mill, now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, is on a Domesday site. Here, for almost 1000 years, millers have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat. The mill is maintained and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers who continue the tradition.

Water from Pakenham Fen collects in the beautiful mill pond to turn the 16 foot high iron water-wheel that drives the mill-stones which turn the wheat into flour. The friendly guide will show you how the mill works, how to hoist sacks of wheat to the top of the mill, what the damsel does, the 1904 Blackstone oil engine, and much more besides.

In the former miller's house next door you can buy wholemeal flour ground at the mill, souvenirs, ice creams and soft drinks.

There is a picnic area with pleasant walks beside the mill-pond, a beautiful setting with excellent opportunities for taking photographs, sketching and painting - or just to enjoy the view!
Pakenham Watermill,Bury St. Edmunds Address
Pakenham Watermill
Mill Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 2NB
Map and Directions
Pakenham Watermill,Bury St. Edmunds Telephone No.
01284 724075
21 Mar - 28 Sep: Thu 10.00-16.00; Sat, Sun and Bank Hol 13.30-17.00

Milling demonstrations until 11.00 on first Thu of each month.
yes, off-road
  • Parking On Site
children must be accompanied by an adult
disabled facilities
limited access
Credit cards
Credit cards not accepted
guide dogs only
  • Guide Dogs Allowed
special offers for groups
  • Gift Shop Or Shop
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Photography Allowed
  • Picnic Areas