Sarehole Mill

Exterior image of Sarehole water mill
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Once watermills were a very common sight along Birmingham's rivers. It is estimated that in the 18th century there were over fifty the area. However, of all Birmingham's watermills, only Sarehole Mill and Newhall Mill (in Sutton Coldfield) survive as standing buildings with working water-driven machinery. Visitors to Sarehole Mill will see an attractive group of buildings, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop, a granary and the mill itself, all arranged around a cobbled courtyard. Behind the mill is the pool which receives its water from nearby Coldbath Brook.

Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 1400-1700
Closed End October-End March

Admission charges

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This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The collections on show consist of agricultural and mill machinery. The mill stones, wheels and cogs form an integral part of the building. Also on display are agricultural implements of late Victorian times and carpenter's tools. A small display in the granary features J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", who lived near Sarehole as a child.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Working watermill, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop and granary.
  • J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings"
  • Designated Collection
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Pumpkin Flotilla

  • 29 — 30 October 2015 6:45-8:45pm

Be part of Birmingham’s only pumpkin flotilla at Sarehole Mill and watch pumpkins float across the Mill Pond at twilight!

Make a beautifully carved pumpkin and bring it to the Mill. We will then add a light and float it on the mill pond at dusk.

The evening will start with Halloween-themed stories, and after this, we will go the mill pond to view the flotilla. In the dark of the early night, the lit, floating pumpkins are simply magical.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets £15 for a family/group of maximum four people. Pre-booking is essential.

To book phone 0121 348 8263


Sarehole Mill
Colebank Road
Hall Green
B13 0DB




0121 777 6612


0121 303 23891

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