Know before you go
Parking informationNo parking
Links in to Exeter quay, riverside walks and Valley Park
Access to the visitor centre and viewing area is suitable for all visitors. Parts of the garden are also fully accessible.
When to visit
Opening timesMonday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed Bank Holidays)
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Cricklepit Mill offers you a place to escape from it all in the very heart of the busy city of Exeter.
The 18th century watermill sits in an extensive wildlife garden. The place has a secretive feel - many long term Exeter residents tell us they never knew it existed!
Urban wildlife up close
Bee-friendly borders, bug homes, a sensory section and seating are all features of a space cared for by a team of volunteer gardeners. The garden is a great place to come and relax or to eat your picnic.
The garden is also the place to see wildlife. Otters, grey wagtails, kingfishers and sparrowhawks are all regularly spotted here. A bird feeding station is busy in winter, while in summer the garden's borders and mini-meadows attract a good range of moths and butterflies.
Inside the mill interactive displays and a printed guide let you explore Cricklepit's fascinating history. Milling open days are also held each month providing the chance to see the watermill in operation and grinding flour in the old-fashioned way.
Explore Exeter from here
The mill is the perfect place to begin to discover Exeter. Start here and then explore on foot or by bike. Exeter's historic Quayside is only five minutes away by foot, while the beautiful Valley Parks are within a pleasant 20 minute stroll.
For the more adventurous a River Exe Wild Walk takes you on a six-mile exploration of the local landscape including Devon Wildlife Trust's Old Sludge Bed and Exe Reed Bed nature reserves.
Cricklepit Mill is the home of Devon Wildlife Trust.
Take a journey back in time
Cricklepit Mill's history goes back to 1220 and it truly is a fascinating part of Exeter's heritage.
Every second Friday of the month, from 10am until 12 noon, Cricklepit Mill is open to the public for special milling demonstrations. Witness our ancient waterwheel turn grain into flour in the traditional method.
Events throughout the year
Cricklepit Mill is also home to various events throughout the year. In 2017 we hosted a National Mills Weekend event, a wild bee family fun day and even a 'Harry Otter' themed Halloween event. Please check our 'What's on' pages to find out about any milling days and Cricklepit Mill events.
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