The Eling Tide Mill Experience is an unusual and interesting venue for a group outing, whether as a destination or part of a visit to the nearby New Forest.
Booking a visit for your group to The Eling Tide Mill Experience gains you access to the whole site, including seeing the mill itself, learning about the history of the site and local area, as well as how it all works on our interactive models.
Enhance your visit with a guided tour of the Tide Mill for groups of 10+ and book a space in our cafe for refreshments/lunch, to make the most of your time with us (additional fees apply). Whether you have a tour or not there is plenty to see in both our buildings.
Take some time to enjoy the scenery along the paths and board walks around the mill pond and across to Goatee beach with additional information panels along the way. These are positioned in prime locations for taking photos of the local wildlife.
Due to our current closure, we have temporarily disabled our booking system. This will be made live again when we re-open.
We apologise for any inconvenience, stay safe.
PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept group bookings on weekends or in school holidays due to increased visitor numbers.
How many people can we bring?
Standard Groups are 10-30 people.
Groups of 30+ can exclusively hire the whole site on our closed days during the Winter. (Contact the team for more information)
Can we see milling?
The mill operates depending on the tidal conditions and the availability of our millers*, so if you would like to see the mill in motion, please check our milling/turning times (available here). Please specify if you would like to see Milling, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
Milling – using the rotation of the mill stones to produce flour.
Turning – the rotation of the mill (no flour production).
*Please note that the operation of the mill cannot be guaranteed to take place on the day of your visit due to the factors stated above.
How much does a Guided Tour cost?
The mill has information boards making it self-guided, however, we also offer informative guided tours for just £30.
How long are the guided tours?
Our guided tours are typically 45 minutes in length. If multiple tours* are requested, they can be staggered between 15-45 minutes apart (depending on tour guide availability).
*Multiple tours are required if your group has more than 17 people (for no additional tour cost).
How much is it to visit?
Group addmission prices (10+ people)
Do we have to book the café if we wish to use it?
Yes. Groups of 10+ people need to pre-book. A non-refundable deposit of £25 is required, which will be taken off of your café bill on the day of your visit.
What is on the menu for group visits?
Menu options range from tea and cake up to a full buffet. You can view our group menu options here. If any members of your group have any dietary requirements/allergies, please let us know so we can accommodate you.
How long is the board walk?
The board walk is 1.5km in total.
Where can we park?
Vehicles under 3.5 tonnes can park in the designated Cemetery Car Parks. For vehicles over this we use the hard standing area located next to the Anchor Pub.For directions and parking (car/coach) please click here.
Is the Mill accessible to visitors using a wheelchair?
Yes. With our new flexi-step, wheelchair users are able to access the ground floor of the Tide Mill and watch live camera footage of the other floors as well as videos showing how the mill works.
Are dogs allowed in the Mill?
Only guide dogs are allowed inside the Mill and the Discovery Room.
Is a deposit required?
In order to secure your booking a non-refundable deposit is required of £25 for the mill cafe and £30 for group tours. The balance should be paid in full on the day by the group organiser. Cheques should be made payable to Totton and Eling Town Council.
What is included?
Your admission tickets grant you access to the Mill and Discovery room.