Group Visits

One of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham, Sarehole Mill is a unique setting where you can find out about the millers who once worked at this rural retreat.

There has been a mill on this site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th Century. In the 1850s a steam engine was installed and a chimney built, which provides Sarehole Mill with its distinctive silhouette.

The Mill has connections with Matthew Boulton, who leased Sarehole Mill between 1756 and 1761 and used it as a ‘flatting mill’, producing sheet metal used for button manufacturing.

The Mill, along with nearby Moseley Bog, provided inspiration for JRR Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. He lived across the road from the Mill. Later in life he stated how the Mill and its rural surroundings inspired his writings about Middle-earth.

Group Tour – The Workings of Sarehole Mill

Take a tour of the Mill with our expert guide who will walk you through the Mill showing you how this water mill operated, what its purpose once was and what the life of a miller was really like. See where the sacks of grain were hoisted from when they were delivered by farmers and where the grain started its journey through the mill on the top floor.

This tour includes:

  • Introduction to the Mill and a guided tour
  • A Sarehole Mill Guide Book
  • Tea and biscuits in the Tea Room

All for just £10 per person. This tour is available from Tuesday to Friday from April to October. This experience will last for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on group size.

To Book

To make a booking or for more details, please call the bookings team on 0121 348 8001 or email .

Group tours must be pre-booked, terms and conditions apply

Coach parking is available on the road. For group tour organisers, we offer free entry on to the tour and free familiarisation tours in advance of your group visit.

Love our heritage sites? Why not also visit Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Weoley Castle?