Pakenham Watermill, Suffolk

Pakenham ExteriorThe last working water mill in Suffolk! For almost a thousand years millers on this site have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat. Now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, a team of dedicated volunteers continues the tradition.

Pakenham Water Mill, one of Suffolk’s hidden gems, is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, only 7 miles from Bury St Edmunds. Open to the public, the watermill is easily accessible by road or cycleway. A unique historical landmark, it has proved to be not only a popular attraction for mill enthusiasts, but also a source of fascination and enjoyment for tourists, ramblers. school parties, local artists and families – all looking for a day out with a difference. The area within the Mill Grounds overlooking the Mill Pool is ideal for picnics. There is also a pleasant walk along the river bank with numerous opportunities for sketching and painting. Pond dipping by prior arrangement. Ideal for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 National Curriculum project.


Pakenham Mill Film


The Water Mill is situated in the village of Pakenham, 6 miles East of Bury St Edmunds. Follow the brown signs from the A143. See map: Google Maps

Opening Hours: 1st April until 1st October 2017.

Mill open:Thurs 10.00am – 4.00pm   Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 1.00 – 4.30pm
Tea Room open as per Mill hours.
*Milling can be seen on Thursdays 10.00am  – 11.30am approx.                                         Also on Sunday afternoons during August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.
(This is subject to operational constraints).
During the closed season the Mill will be open for flour sales from 9.30am to 11.00am on Thursdays.
Admission prices:- Adults £5.00, Senior Citizens £4.50, Children £2.50.                               Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £13.                                                        Parking free.
We accept payment by cash and major credit and debit cards.
Pakenham Governor

Products : Wholemeal flour ground at the mill is on sale at the mill every Thursday morning throughout the year and also every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:30 from 1st April until the end of September and on Bank Holiday Mondays. At Farmers’ markets at: – Rickinghall (2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year) Aldercarr Farm, Needham Mkt (3rd Saturday each month throughout the year), Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre, Rolfes, Walsham-le-Willows ,Pakenham P.O., Thurston Village Stores, Woodbridge Tide Mill, Meat Today at the Village Store in Ixworth High Street, Butterworths The Traverse Bury St. Edmunds.

Shop : Souvenirs, merchandise, ice creams and soft drinks are all available from the Mill Shop.

Catering: We have a range of beverages, including tea, coffee, fruit juice and squash. We also are fully licensed and offer beer, wine and cider. We serve a selection of delicious home baked cakes and scones, using use our own flour and local ingredients where possible. Light lunches available on Thursdays and Saturdays/Sundays during July & August. We offer a Miller’s lunch, soup and tearoom specials.

Events: The mill hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Check our website for details.Pakenham Roller Mills

Pakenham Watermill
Mill Road
Bury St. Edmunds,
IP31 2NB
Phone: 01359 230275 / 07585 899633