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The Town Mill

The Town Mill


Mill Lane,
Lyme Regis,


The working watermill

Join a tour of the restored mill with its Victorian milling machinery and watch the giant waterwheel turn as it is driven by water from the River Lym. A miller will demonstrate how the huge gears harness this power to drive the heavy grindstone. Watch the whole process over three floors as grain is converted into finely ground wholemeal flour: we mill Maris Widgeon wheat, spelt and rye which is available to buy in our shop. Displays chart the history of Lyme’s Town Mill, the history of milling in general, how the Town Mill was saved from redevelopment and the mill’s lifeblood, the River Lym.

As part of the tour you will also be able to see how water from the Lym is helping with the environment by generating electricity through the Town Mill’s state of the art hydro-generating installation, and also browse the fascinating exhibition on the history of electricity in Lyme Regis.

The Town Mill Galleries

The Malthouse and The Courtyard Gallery both host regularly changing exhibitions of work in all media from local and South West artists. Feel free to browse around these exhibitions where you may feel inspired by, or want to buy, some of the work.

The Artisans

The Town Mill is home to a variety of wonderful creative businesses where you can watch the artisans at work and perhaps buy a unique gift or souvenir: a jeweller, cafe, microbrewery, pottery, bakery/deli, design agency and vintage sewing sanctuary.

For more information about the working watermill, galleries and artisan businesses please visit

Opening details


We aim to offer miller-guided tours of our working watermill Monday to Sunday, between 11am and 4pm, subject to volunteer availability. In the Winter months we may be closed on certain days to carry out essential maintenance. Please call first if planning a special journey to avoid disappointment.

Art Galleries

Daily, 10.30am to 4:30 pm

The Town Mill is owned and operated by a charitable trust and relies almost totally on its large band of volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome.

Please visit our website or telephone for more information.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 16 - Wed 28 Mar Earth, Hare, Fur & Water
Sat 17 Mar - Wed 4 Apr Contemporary Crafts
Fri 30 Mar - Wed 11 Apr The Light That We Seek
Fri 6 - Wed 18 Apr Ways and Means: the process of image making
Fri 13 - Wed 25 Apr Colourworks
Thu 19 Apr - Wed 2 May Recent Work: Julie Oldfield



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Map reference: ND 341220  Lat: 50.72576 Long: -2.93393

By train: Our nearest station is Axminster, which is 15 minutes by bus or taxi.

By Bus: First Bus, route 31, runs from Axminster station to Lyme Regis. The X53 Jurassic Coast bus runs between Exeter and Poole.

By road: The Town Mill is in the centre of Lyme Regis DT7 3PU – see also the directions opposite.