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Sarehole Mill

Sarehole MillSarehole Mill Courtyard

One of two surviving water mills in the Birmingham area, Sarehole Mill provided the inspiration for the writer JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby and visited as a boy.


Permanent exhibition 'Signposts to Middle-earth' looks into JRR Tolkien's early life in the hamlet of Sarehole.

Detailed Information


Cole Bank Road,
Hall Green,
B13 OBD.

Tel 0121 348 8160

Contact Person(s): Ben Nicholls


    • Adult £8

    • Concession £6

    • Child (3-15) £5

    • Child (0-2) FREE

    • Annual Membership is available, which allows unlimited access to Birmingham Museums’ museums and heritage sites.

    • FREE entry to grounds, and tearoom

Opening Hours

  • The Shop (11am - 4pm) and Pizza in the Courtyard (12noon - 3pm) are open Wednesday to Sunday. The Mill is open for guided tours on Friday and Saturday (11.30am and 1.30pm) and Sunday (1.30pm).

    On the first Saturday of the month the Mill is open 11am - 4pm for you to explore the mill at your leisure without a guided tour. Pre-booking advised.

    For further details contact site directly


  • Tearoom.
  • Toilets.


  • Guided tours all year round.
  • Special events.
  • Education Programme.

Disabled Visitors

  • Cobbled yard is uneven. Ground floor and first floor of the mill are accessible for wheelchair users. Toilet for wheelchair users available.

How to get there:

  • Bus: No.11. and 5
  • Car/coach:A-Z reference 1E 107. Leave A34 at junction with School Road and Cole Bank Road (traffic lights); Sarehole Mill is in Cole Bank Road on r/h side shortly after roundabout.


  • Cars: car park on adjoining Sarehole Recreation Ground.
  • Coaches: in road.

Average Length of Visit

  • 1 hour.