Cricklepit Mill HQ

Cricklepit Mill

An urban oasis in the heart of the city

Poppies in the Cricklepit Mill wildlife garden

A visit to Cricklepit Mill helps to brings the history of Exeter alive.

The earliest known mill at Cricklepit was built in the 13th century – a ‘fulling’ mill used to finish woollen cloth by pounding it. It was restored by the Devon Historic Buildings Trust in the 1990s after it had been devastated by fire, and bought by DWT with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2004. It is now a small visitor centre and wildlife garden where we run a range of events and activities for the general public.

If you want to learn more about the history and wildlife of the Mill, you are welcome to visit the site for free and wander around our stunning wildlife garden. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except Bank Holidays). To see inside the mill please contact us and make an appointment. 

Download our Cricklepit Mill tour booklet

Attend a milling day

We stage milling events when the mill wheels turn and we produce in the old-fashioned way. Stop by and take a look at the mill in action. For more information and dates and to find out when these and other events take place at the mill, please visit our events page. 

Look for wildlife in the garden

For an urban site, the Mill has an extraordinary wealth of wildlife. Otters, kingfishers, egrets, and hedgehogs have been seen here. 

Cricklepit Mill has been supported by Viridor Credits Environmental Company.

Arrange a school or group visit to the mill

Tours can be arranged for schools or groups and can be specially tailored to suit the group. Please call in advance to book on 01392 279244 or

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