Historic Properties: Suburbs (South Birmingham)
Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham. B13 0BD • (0121) 348 8160
Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham. The existing building was constructed around 1750, although there was known to be a mill here as early as the Tudor period. Charges apply to the Mill only. Grounds and tearoom are free to visit.
Today the mill is best known for its association with the author JRR Tolkien who spent part of his childhood nearby and who used the site and its surroundings as the inspiration for the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Although now surrounded by the Birmingham suburbs, the mill retains a tranquil rural atmosphere and the millpond provides a haven for wildlife including kingfishers, herons and a range of other species.
The original main waterwheel, mill gears and grinding stones can been seen in action on milling days, every Wednesday and Sunday during the open season.
Free Entry at Certain Times, Light Refreshments Available.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
April to October: 11am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, Closed Monday except most bank holidays and Tuesday except for local school holidays. On Weekdays during term time access to the Mill is by guided tour only. November to March: 12noon-4pm Wednesday and Thursday only. Access to the Mill is by guided tour only. See the website for full details.
Advance booking is not required.
Located to the south east of Birmingham in Hall Green close to the junction of Cole Bank Road and Sarehole Road.
Hall Green railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Free onsite parking available.
Find out about Sarehole Mill, a 250 year old working watermill in Birmingham that is famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.
Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham. B13 0BD • (0121) 348 8160
Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020
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