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Combe Mill

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Great day out in the countryside to learn about engineering.

I first went on a steaming day, which is great. When I had friends visiting I took them on a... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Tom B
Really really nteresting

Visited with friends from Scotland on a Wednesday, when not steaming. Had a wonderful informative... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Melinda R
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Combe Mill is a working industrial museum that tells the story of Victorian and Edwardian life working to maintain the estates of Blenheim Palace. The old sawmill machinery is powered by either steam or water power and the blacksmith's forge is...more
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Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Long Hanborough OX29 8ET, England
+44 1993 358694
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Reviewed 3 May 2015

This is an absolute delight. Wanting to visit other venues in the Blenheim area, we followed the brown signs to the Saw Mills. The entrance price of £4.50 each was reasonable - especially as we had the option to upgrade (for an extra £3 each)...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2018

I first went on a steaming day, which is great. When I had friends visiting I took them on a non-steaming day, when it was quieter. Everyone was so friendly, and we got loads of their time. We virtually got a personalised guided tour. This...More

1  Thank Tom B
Tony S, General Manager at Combe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thanks Tom for your review and kind words. We always welcome new members who can help us maintain and operate the Mill. Visitors can also get a whole year of free admission if they choose to donate and sign up for an annual pass. Welcome...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Visited with friends from Scotland on a Wednesday, when not steaming. Had a wonderful informative tour of the mill, by a lovely gentleman,, who didn’t tire of our questions, and an equally interesting experience learning about the mechanical clocks. It seems as if nothing has...More

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Tony S, General Manager at Combe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks for your kind review. Our knowledgeable members are our main asset and we all enjoy explaining to visitors how the machinery (including historic clocks) all works. The blacksmiths' forge is always popular and handling red hot metal is something rarely forgotten. Please come back...More

Reviewed 21 August 2018

This is sited on the Blenheim Estate [though independent] and has a wealth of interesting buildings with industrial machinery, a waterwheel and most important a steam beam engine which is steamed at intervals. Wonderful to watch! Lovely cafe, friendly and helpful staff. I went on...More

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Tony S, General Manager at Combe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you for your kind words. Our Model Engineering event was a great success and visitor numbers were back to 'normal' now that the hot weather has gone! It was good to see so many wonderfully skilled model engineers displaying their skills. Do visit us...More

Reviewed 18 July 2018

Wonderful friendly bunch of volunteers, highly knowledgeable and extremely professionally presented. Fascinating insight into the history of the mill with an additional bonus of cafe with tasty homemade fare. The additional Historic Clock collection added further interest with once again highly knowledgeable and creative volunteer....More

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Tony S, General Manager at Combe Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

So pleased you enjoyed your visit - do come again when you are in the area.

Reviewed 10 June 2018

I went there primarily for the blacksmith experience: another attraction which I do voluntary work for needs more blacksmiths. The previous blacksmiths had trained here, so I went as well. The session was meant to be from 10.00 until 13.00. However I had training from...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

A lovely place to visit, its been well restored and its great to see the machinery in working order. Its not open all year so ensure you check before you venture over. They are due to open again in march and I will be returning...More

1  Thank Howlo
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We went to Combe Mill on a wet Wednesday afternoon to be met by a real bunch of enthusiastic volunteers who could not wait to show you their pride and joy. Real living history. If you have children with you try to catch a steaming...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great to see places like this restored. Recommend visiting on a steam day so that you can appreciate the workings of the mill.

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Although the weather was chilly and the wind was blowing, we have a excellent visit to Combe Mill. The knowledge of the Volunteers that guided us through are visit was second to none. The amazing collection of artefact and vintage tools made for a very...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Once we had found our way down the country roads we were pleased to see there was plenty of parking. The volunteers who support the mill are all very friendly and knowledgeable. There is a lovely walk by the river,...More

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