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“Good for a picnic and a riverside stroll too”

Houghton Mill (National Trust)
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Huntingdon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2014

On our way from the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon to Cromwell’s House in Ely, we found ourselves passing through the village of Houghton and decided to stop for a look round this old working mill on the River Great Ouse. It was well worth dropping in, even though we had to dash through heavy rain from the car park. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit the mill on a rainy day such as we had, but when the weather is fine it would be a lovely place for a picnic and a riverside stroll as well as a tour of the mill.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Houghton Mill is owned by the National Trust so we visited as members. The mill is large and accomodated four mill wheels in its heyday! We enjoyed a wander through its floors, spoke with guides and bought some wholemeal flour for bread making. We looked in the tea room which is very nice but served neither capucinno nor roiibos tea, our drinks of choice. We thus wandered into the pretty village of Houghton, had our drinks outside a pub and wound up in the parish church. We spoke to parishoners and the whole visit made a pleasant day out in the spring sunshine.

Thank andrewlgc
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

A working watermill that grinds it's own wholemeal flour that is grown at Wimpole Hall (NT). Very interesting and well laid out. Made very interesting for children. Lovely tearoom with home made cakes etc. The cheese scones were wonderful and made with their own flour.

Thank Seasider321
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We visited on Bank Holiday Monday and it was very busy, obviously. The National Trust directions are to go via the main road between St Ives and Huntingdon. True, it is sign posted off this road, and down the narrow country lane to the old market square, and then down further to the Mill itself. The car park is £2 a day, which is reasonable. But, if you drive into the Hemmingfords on the other side of the river, you can park in the village for free and walk across the meadow to the Mill.
Once at the Mill, the tea room is a delight and I am pleased to say that the tea was plentiful and the sandwiches made freshly to order. Although we didn't try them, the scones are highly recommended and made with flour from the Mill. Two sandwiches and tea, plus a piece of cake each for two at £13.
Members of the NT get in for free of course, so if you are not members then the entrance fee is £4.80 each. Not bad and there is plenty to see. The Mill was working on the day we were there. The staff are very friendly, knowledgable and approachable. The Mill also has plenty of wildlife around, so take your binoculars, be patient and wait to see what turns up. Whilst out on the meadow we heard skylarks, saw house martins and plenty of ducks on the river.
And, there is flour to be bought and at £2.50 for 1.5 kilos it might seem expensive when compared with flour from the supermarket. But therein lies the difference, it is not like any flour you would get in a supermarket. Organic stone ground wholemeal flour. Used it at home that afternoon for scones and it was a treat to work with; bread this coming weekend.
The Mill is a treat. Go and enjoy it, buy some flour and make some scones.

3  Thank Martin W
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We were staying at the Houghton Mill Caravan Club site and this lovely ancient mill is literally on the doorstep! It's open to most days but on Sunday's they start up the Water wheel and grind the wholemeal flour which you can buy, along with a recipe book for as little as £2.50. There is also a lovely tea shop which makes scones and cakes using their flour and it has a picnic area and lots of lovely walks along the river from here, so you can park your car for £2 ALL DAY and wander off for as long as you like. The cost to visit the Mill is displayed on a board outside and is separate from the car park charge.

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