Houghton Mill (National Trust), Huntingdon

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Situated on the Great Ouse River, Houghton Mill (National Trust) represents a working mill that has been used since 969. Different mills have occupied this site since its foundation was built in the 10th century, endowing the place with historical weight. The current building dates back to the 17th century and was renovated in the 19th century. Since coming under ownership of the National Trust, the attraction has been open to the public in different capacities and now has a visitor center. You can take a guided tour from an expert guide, and there are a number of interactive exhibitions to engage younger visitors. Using our international travel planner, Huntingdon attractions like Houghton Mill (National Trust) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • as with all National Trust places the volunteers make the place they are a credit to Houghton mill relaying all the interesting things that have happened through the years  more »
  • Houghton Mill is a fantastic working water mill close to a the very pretty village of Houghton. Their are great walks along river at this location which is very dog friendly. I highly recommend Hought...  more »
  • This is our favourite local NT walk - the mill is a fantastic building on the river (open spring and summer); and the walk between here and Hemingford Abbots across the water meadow is delightful. The...  more »
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  • A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT Fantastic part of English restored history. Oldest working water mill owned by the national Trust with a lovely cafe and walks. Campsite near the mill. The staff are very friendly and the tour guides and volunteers are full of information about the mill local village and surrounding area.
  • Fully operational mill, with 9 millstones! Visit when they are milking flour and you will learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about how the mill works. Be sure to visit the coffee shop for lunch; might as well have some tea and cake while your at it!
  • A lovely piece of industrial history. Some working models for the enquiring minds and a tasty scone. Takes about one hour to look round, but there is a walk as well.
  • Brilliant day out; cafe is a little small so plan lunch carefully. Mill is big enough to feel like an explore but not so large as to lose the kids interest. There is a nice place to picnic and swim on the river and plenty of boats through the locks.
  • From a boater's perspective: Nowhere to moor up and visit, tried the EA mooring but found ourselves on an island, so had to use the Lock landing stage. Mill does not open until 13:00 and we had arrived around 10:30am so had to kill some time at the cafe - kids climbed trees. Once inside the the volunteers downstairs had no charisma but one woman upstairs was very knowledgeable, unfortunately she was positioned in the old Youth Hostel section . Further on one woman came across as a real jobsworth, asking one other volunteer why people are allowed to paddle boats around the mill (she had not spotted me at this point) . The section with all the mill workings, hydro electric information and the working models is brilliant, with plenty of info and hands on stuff for kids. Only problem is, as my daughter played with the lock model, Mrs. Jobsworth interfered and told her off for flooding the lock - how is she going to learn? The other volunteers seemed busy with their demonstrations but lacked any charisma and confidence - gift shop was usual NT rubbish but girls liked it. In conclusion, the Mill sells itself, a piece of industrial genius but visitor issues, especially for boaters must be addressed (a foot bridge from the island for starters).

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