Our 2021 main season opening schedule is Sundays to Thursdays, 10.30am-4.30pm (last admission at 4pm) until 31st October.

Please note, we are closed Fridays and Saturdays.

As long as there is a pandemic in the UK, we will continue to encourage the wearing of face masks in our indoor spaces. We hope you will co-operate with us. We want to continue to offer a covid-safe space for everyone to visit and work in, including our volunteers.

See our visitor charter HERE.

In order to support safe distancing and provide staggered visits for social bubbles, it is advised that you pre-book to secure your preferred time.
Ad-hoc visitors and late arrivals risk disappointment if we’re unable to fit you in.
There is an interval of 15 minutes between each slot.
Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your allocated time.
Ad-hoc visits are possible during quiet periods.


Welcome to Eskdale Mill.

Discover a unique experience at our special visitor attraction.

Our attraction has something for everyone!

Eskdale Mill embodies the Lake District’s rich heritage. Located alongside Whillan Beck, the mill demonstrates 500 years of water power and the traditional craft of stone corn milling. There’s something for everyone to do. Get a feel of the journey through time as you enter our exhibition. Explore the mill and workings itself, get involved in the sensory tour, relax in our woodland & gardens and view scenic landscapes.

We operate the UK Gift Aid donation scheme for UK tax payers only.

Admission fees, including gift aid:

  • Adult £5.50
  • Child £2.75
  • Family (2 adults & 3 children) £13.75

Under 5’s go free and friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome.

There is limited wheelchair access and some steep steps to navigate.

For more information, please also view our  visitor information page

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Some comments from our visitors:

7/08/21 – “What a treasure of a place it is. Beautifully restored. Lovingly cared for. Magic place. Worth every penny of entrance fee. A must see” (C Dymond)

1/07/21 – “Excellent restoration and interpretation. Thank-you!” (C Carr-Whitman, north Yorkshire)

13/06/21 – “A lovely professional attraction with excellent knowledge of the local history, impact of the mill and wonderful staff. Thank you for a lovely visit.” (Katie & Trish, west Cumbria)

31/05/21 – “Amazing history, beautiful scenery and gardens” (K. Gibson, Carlisle)

1/10/20 – “Special place …. beautifully maintained. Delighted to see it looking so good!” (M. Addleman, Cumbria)

2/09/20 – “Fascinating and very informative – really enjoyed the interactive aspects of it” (Murphy family, Leeds)

12/08/20 – “Love the sound of the water – found it very relaxing and therapeutic” (J Paver, West Yorkshire)

12/08/20 – “Extraordinary – loved it! ….. Visited for past 7 years, been everytime and good to see it restored” (Robinson family, Newcastle)

17/2/20 – “Very cool and enjoyable. Very fun and interesting and a lot of mechanical stuff.” (Jo & Joshua, West Midlands)

28/12/19 –  “Fascinating to see a working mill and the forces of nature. Amazing facts and stories … Thank you.” (C Smith, Yorkshire)

5/09/19 – “A return visit after 17 years. Beautifully restored without losing the essence of a magical place. Thank you.” (I & J Norman, Bristol)


Please note there is no car park at the mill or in Boot village.

To add to your unique experience at the mill, consider using the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway to get to us. Eskdale Mill is a short (10 minute) walk from Dalegarth for Boot station, at the end of the line  – just follow the signposts to Boot village.

At Dalegarth, there is also limited parking facilities there for cars.

Please see their website for timetables and cost details.

If you choose to use a car, please plan your route carefully using a road map. Don’t rely on your SatNav directions which will suggest routes over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes from Ambleside. These are very difficult even in good conditions. Equally scenic – but less terrifying routes – can be found via Ulpha and Birker Fell (from the South) or Gosforth or Holmrook (from the North). Roads over the fells may be closed too, so please make sure you check local travel updates.

There is also a free car park at Trough House Bridge to the south of Boot, a 20 minute walk away. To find us from the Trough House Bridge car park, retrace your steps north along the road. Cross over the River Esk and turn right at the T-junction. Follow the road east past Dalegarth Station on your left. Follow the signs to the mill and at the next crossroads, turn left at the Brook House Inn. Keep going and we are just past The Boot Inn and over the packhorse bridge.

Please take extra care driving on the narrow roads within the valley.