Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, Letterkenny

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The oldest surviving building here is said to be 400 years old. Indeed, the whole complex is an interesting reminder of a stage in the industrial development of this country which has now given way to a more sophisticated, but usually far less fascinating technology.

Location: 5km outside Letterkenny off Churchill Road.

Guided Tours: Available on request; Max. No: 15-20; Duration: 45 minutes

Leaflet/Guide Booklet: English/Irish/French/German/Italian

Photography Allowed: Yes. Commercial photography requires permission

Audio Visual Presentaion: "Newmills"; Seating: 20; Duration: 17 minutes; Languages: English
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  • Enjoyed the free tour immensely though could have skipped the film at start. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.  more »
  • We arrived to have a look at the mills just before 11:00. Were told that if we waited until 11:00 there would be guided tour. Gavin, our guide collected us and took the group on a very intensive and i...  more »
  • This place is a great piece of local history I think it is one of the only a handful left in the country, it is an amazing feat of engineering we could learn a lot about renewable energy from this pla...  more »
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  • So we were not going to stop here because it just didn't sound THAT interesting. I mean, really... A corn mill? But we had some time to kill, we were literally going to drive right past it, and it was free so, sure, why not? This turned out to be one of our best "off the beaten path" attractions we've seen! We've been impressed by the quality of OPW guides and videos throughout Ireland and this sight was no exception. As others have said, Gavin, our guide, was great. You got to see the corn mill machinery running as well as the water wheel. Then Gavin showed us the flax mill that produced the raw materials for linen cloth. By the way, for any other Americans out there, "Corn" actually means "Grains", and the main grain they milled were oats. We ended up spending almost 2 hours and it was well worth the time. Thanks OPW for restoring these kinds of historical sights and operating such a high quality visitor experience!
  • Came across this site on way to Glenveagh, how pleased we did! Gavin our guide was very pleasant and clearly well informed. The tour was fascinating and brought all the machinery and processes to life. Absolutely amazing, thank you Gavin. Eric and Linda Irwin, Lisburn.
  • Nice little museum with interesting stories and showing the technique behind. Staff is friendly and the best part is, that the entrance is free for all!
  • Very interesting and informative. Our guide, David, brought the tour to life with his knowledge of the mills and their history.
  • Great place the tour was very interesting and the staff are very friendly and helpful, it's great to see a fully working old mill in action very interesting

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The favorite form of lodging in Letterkenny is the bed and breakfast, complete with hearty home-cooked meals. The very center of town can be quite noisy at night, so if this bothers you, consider staying a few minutes from the heart of Letterkenny. Most lodging options--which include guesthouses and hotels in addition to bed and breakfasts--lie within walking distance of the city center, so you won't be far from any sights. The real reason for stopping in this town is to see the rest of Donegal, so any basic accommodations will do as a jumping off point.
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