Sarehole Mill is a water mill, built in the mid-18th Century. We want to make it as accessible as possible but we are limited by it being a historic building.

Please tell us if there is anything we can do to improve the accessibility of Sarehole Mill, and the information that we provide.

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Access Information

Getting around Sarehole Mill
  • Sarehole Mill is not fully accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.
  • There is level access from the main entrance to the ticket desk, shop, tearoom, toilets, ground floor of the Mill, millpond and gardens.
  • The courtyard is cobblestoned and contains some curbs, there are access points where the curbs meet the pathway at a flat point or a small incline.
  • All visitors can access the ground floor of the Mill where the waterwheel gears and flour bins, the miller's house, the granary and the bakehouse are located,
  • The first floor of the Mill is accessed by a steep wooden staircase. There is an alternative pathway that leads to the mill pond that can be used for access to the first floor.
  • The second floor of the Mill can only be accessed by stairs. Due to the historic nature of the building we are unable to install a lift.

There is a free car park situated on Cole Bank Road.

Personal Assistants
  • One personal assistant is permitted free entry to the museum when accompanying those in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
  • If multiple personal assistants are required, prior arrangements must be made with the Museum Manager or equivalent and written evidence of this may be required.
  • Due to our adherence to health and safety guidelines, we cannot allow anyone under the age of 16 years to be a personal assistant to another person. We do not allow personal assistants for anybody under the age of 3.

There are accessible toilets off the stable block. The disabled access toilet requires a RADAR key. Please ask staff if you require it.

Arrival at Sarehole Mill
  • Entry into the site is via the car park situated on Cole Bank Road.
  • There is a short downward slope leading from the car park to the entrance
  • The car park surface is compact limestone. It can become muddy in bad weather.
  • The pathway that leads to the mill is flag paved and this leads to cobblestones on the mill yard.
  • There is a step down from the pathway to the cobblestones. On the right of the courtyard is a dropped kerb.
Guide Dogs

Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome at Sarehole Mill. We can provide dogs with a bowl of drinking water which is available from the ticket desk.

Visual Access
  • We have contrast markings on all glass doors and contrast markings on all full-height windows.
  • Some parts of the venue have low lighting. The mill is lit with LED lighting but, due to the construction of the windows, there is little natural light.
  • Printed versions of information panels and transcripts of video are available. Please ask a member of staff if you require this.

If you require a chair during your visit please ask a member of staff who would be happy to help.


We have a concessionary rate for disabled visitors and a complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants. See our Concessions Policy for more details.

Further Information

More detailed access information including the sizes of doors, heights of toilets and tables, flooring types, plus lighting information can be found on the Accessibility Details page.