Cogglesford Watermill
Cogglesford Watermill
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Cogglesford Watermill, dating back to Saxon times, is thought to be the only Sherriff's watermill still in operation in England. The Mill lies in a picturesque setting on the River Slea in the historic market town of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, close to the town centre and all its amenities. A great family visit with a gift shop and light refreshments in an historic riverside setting. See the wheel turning most Saturday and Sunday’s and watch the machinery in full operation on the second Sunday of every month. After investment from North Kesteven District Council, Cogglesford's waterwheel has been fully restored and the building is rumbling into life once again.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Coleen C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place well worth the visit!
    Our trip out with friends to the water mill was well worth the visit. We were met by Andy, an entertaining and highly informative happy chap who kept us amused and impressed with the history and working of the mill. Anne had biscuits baking, the aroma totally enticing!
    Thank you so much for your kind review - we’re so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the mill and hope you’re able to come and see us again soon!
    Written 9 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Alice K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great welcome, interesting watermill
    Stumbled across this gem of a watermill. We were met by a great guide, who gave us just the right amount of information, in a really engaging manner. We enjoyed this little slice of history, and the free bags of bran! Also bought some flour which I'm sure will make my baking taste all the better. We'll have to come back to see the mill turning.
    Thank you for your review - we’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed the slice of history and the staff engaging. Good luck with your baking and we hope to see you again soon!
    Written 12 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Lisa
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Cogglesford Mill is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Robert the guide is knowledgeable and welcoming. We started with a very nice hot chocolate (reasonable prices) and biscuits. The cafe is very small and the menu short but the drinks were very good. There is a selection of wrapped biscuits, cakes and ice creams. Robert started the wheel for us to see it in action (though actual milling only takes place on certain days). The signage is well made and my teenagers even enjoyed dressing up in the period costumes.
    Thank you so much for your great review - we’re so pleased to hear you were well looked after by Robert and enjoyed looking around and dressing up! We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 5 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Nicole S
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Loved our visit to Cogglesford Watermill yesterday. Wheelchair access to the ground floor and informative boards and video including showing what was on the upper floor which is accessible via steep stairs. My 93 year old Dad managed them! Many thanks to volunteer Andy who took the time to chat with us about the mill and share his experiences. My Dad summed it up with What a great chap! Thanks Andy and all the other volunteers for making our visit extra special.
    Thank you so much for your great review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we've passed your kind comments on to Andy. We agree, he is a great chap and we're lucky to have him! We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Mike
    Glossop, United Kingdom600 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day of mills
    Last of three mills I’ve visited today, following Green’s Mill in Nottingham and the Heckington windmill just up the road. Interesting old mill on the river Slea. Pleasant walk from the town centre and free to enter. Small cafe and shop inside and activities for kids. Worth a visit.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we're so pleased you found the mill interesting and hope you enjoyed your day of mills! We hope to see you again soon.
    Written 29 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Shirley E
    Dronfield, United Kingdom378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In a very pretty spot
    I found this quite easily. It’s just outside Sleaford town centre. There is a small car park at the riverside next to the mill or you can walk along the river from the town centre. It was really interesting and in a pretty spot. It’s a small working mill with a museum upstairs. The cafe and shop were great. The cafe was selling freshly baked digestive biscuits made with the flour from the mill. They tasted amazing! I also bought a few items from the shop. They had some nice honey and some beeswax candles. I loved it here I would def go again.
    Thank you so much for your lovely review! We’re pleased you found the mill easily and enjoyed looking around our gift shop, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Written 7 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Kelly
    Derby, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    We visited on the way to Tattershall Lakes. Such a lovely hidden gem. Very interesting to see how the mill works, seeing the millstone and waterwheel in action was fantastic. The stairs were steep but worth the climb. Personally, I feel that their cafe could be better and would then extend the time spent there. Also, would be nice if they did activities for children to get them more involved in the milling process, or even baking with the flour. I would like to return on a milling day, and would certainly recommend.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review! Thanks also for your comments regarding the cafe area and children’s activities - we’re most certainly looking into this! We have some events lined up for families this year including some baking workshops, please do follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more info. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 16 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 January 2024
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Kelly
Derby, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited on the way to Tattershall Lakes. Such a lovely hidden gem. Very interesting to see how the mill works, seeing the millstone and waterwheel in action was fantastic.
The stairs were steep but worth the climb.
Personally, I feel that their cafe could be better and would then extend the time spent there. Also, would be nice if they did activities for children to get them more involved in the milling process, or even baking with the flour.
I would like to return on a milling day, and would certainly recommend.
Written 8 January 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review! Thanks also for your comments regarding the cafe area and children’s activities - we’re most certainly looking into this! We have some events lined up for families this year including some baking workshops, please do follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more info. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 16 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shirley E
Dronfield, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I found this quite easily. It’s just outside Sleaford town centre. There is a small car park at the riverside next to the mill or you can walk along the river from the town centre. It was really interesting and in a pretty spot. It’s a small working mill with a museum upstairs. The cafe and shop were great. The cafe was selling freshly baked digestive biscuits made with the flour from the mill. They tasted amazing! I also bought a few items from the shop. They had some nice honey and some beeswax candles. I loved it here I would def go again.
Written 6 December 2023
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Thank you so much for your lovely review! We’re pleased you found the mill easily and enjoyed looking around our gift shop, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written 7 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mike
Glossop, UK600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Last of three mills I’ve visited today, following Green’s Mill in Nottingham and the Heckington windmill just up the road.

Interesting old mill on the river Slea. Pleasant walk from the town centre and free to enter. Small cafe and shop inside and activities for kids. Worth a visit.
Written 27 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we're so pleased you found the mill interesting and hope you enjoyed your day of mills! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 30 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Libby C
Norwich, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fascinating place! Well worth a visit. Would like to visit on a milling day.
My only comment what a shame the refreshment weren’t made locally with the flour etc from the mill!
Written 27 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and for your suggestion of having our refreshments made locally with our flour. This is something we're looking into! We look forward to seeing you again on one of our Milling Days - we always bake some bread for visitors to sample!
Written 30 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Philip A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have been to a lot of historical buildings but we have never had a better experience than this, staff were excellent, and very welcoming, and they are full of very intereting facts abut the mill, we really enjoyed it 1st class
Written 7 October 2023
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What a fabulous review, thank you so much for taking the time to write it! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit and really hope to see you again soon.
Written 7 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jon b
Burnley, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The watermill was superb. The staff welcoming and very well informed about the mill and local history. Visited on a Friday and we went back on the Sunday when the mill was working. Would highly recommend this visit.
Written 15 August 2023
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Thank you so much for your great review - we're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Cogglesford and you recommend it to others. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 17 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicole S
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Loved our visit to Cogglesford Watermill yesterday. Wheelchair access to the ground floor and informative boards and video including showing what was on the upper floor which is accessible via steep stairs. My 93 year old Dad managed them!
Many thanks to volunteer Andy who took the time to chat with us about the mill and share his experiences. My Dad summed it up with What a great chap! Thanks Andy and all the other volunteers for making our visit extra special.
Written 13 August 2023
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Thank you so much for your great review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and we've passed your kind comments on to Andy. We agree, he is a great chap and we're lucky to have him! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 17 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lisa
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Cogglesford Mill is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Robert the guide is knowledgeable and welcoming.
We started with a very nice hot chocolate (reasonable prices) and biscuits. The cafe is very small and the menu short but the drinks were very good. There is a selection of wrapped biscuits, cakes and ice creams.
Robert started the wheel for us to see it in action (though actual milling only takes place on certain days). The signage is well made and my teenagers even enjoyed dressing up in the period costumes.
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your great review - we’re so pleased to hear you were well looked after by Robert and enjoyed looking around and dressing up! We hope to see you again soon!
Written 5 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Christopher T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Fantastic and friendly members of staff. So knowledgeable and willing to engage and pass on their passion for the mill. I got to see flour being made, what's not to love. Thank you.
Written 12 June 2023
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What a fantastic review! We’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the milling day and found the staff so passionate. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 12 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alice K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Stumbled across this gem of a watermill. We were met by a great guide, who gave us just the right amount of information, in a really engaging manner. We enjoyed this little slice of history, and the free bags of bran! Also bought some flour which I'm sure will make my baking taste all the better. We'll have to come back to see the mill turning.
Written 31 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review - we’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed the slice of history and the staff engaging. Good luck with your baking and we hope to see you again soon!
Written 12 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Cogglesford Watermill is open:
  • Fri - Mon 12:00 - 16:00