“ Address: Lower Road / River / Dover / Kent CT17 0UY „
I moved to Dover in 2007 for work purposes and have been settled here ever since. However, it has only been since I met my partner two years ago that I have actually started visiting the local attraction in Dover. One attraction that is often overlooked is the Crabble Corn Mill.
Crabble Corn Mill is located on the outskirts of Dover in a small village called River. Admittedly, it is rather tucked away and by6 no means on a main road so I can see how encouraging tourists to this attraction must be difficult.
The admission costs for Crabble Corn Mill are more than reasonable with adults being charged £4 and children and OAP's being charged £3. A family ticket costs £13. This price will get you admission to the mill and you are free to walk around at your leisure. If you wish you have a guided tour of the mill then you are required to pay an additional £1 on entry.
Crabble Corn Mill is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 5pm from Easter to September. From October to Christmas and March to Easter, the mill is open on weekends only from 11am until 5pm.
Crabble Corn Mill is operated by the Crabble Corn Mill Trust. It was opened to the public in 1990 after being saved from demolition. The building which visitors can see today was built in 1812. It was built next to an existing mill which was later demolished.
The Mill is a working museum and shows a mixture of Georgian and Victorian engineering excellence at work using water. In total there are six floors where visitors can see various exhibits and milling machinery. You can also read about the entire process of turning wheat into flour.
Today, Crabble Corn Mill is one of the most complete and working examples of a Georgian watermill in Europe. In 1999 the Mill won the prestigious Presidents Award from the Association for Industrial Archaeology.
There are tea rooms at Crabble Corn Mill which are located on the ground floor serve a variety of snacks and meals. It also has a fully licensed bar serving a variety of beers, cider, wines and spirits. There is no admission charge to the café and it is not essential to complete a tour of the Mill if you would just like a drink or snack.
Finally there is a small farm shop at the mill. This is run completely by volunteers and is open from 9am until 5pm every week day except for Mondays. They sell local produce here, as well as the flour which they make at the mill. Also available are plants, wood and wood chippings.
I would highly recommend a trip to Crabble Corn Mill. Although a trip will probably only take you a maximum of 2 hours so this certainly isn't an all day attraction. I like the Mill as an attraction because as well as being enjoyable and interesting, it is also educational. Living in the local area for this attraction, I would also like to point out that this is an attraction that is always under threat of being closed down because it does not make enough money and I think it would be really sad to have such a beautiful and interesting attraction closed down.
The current mill was built in 1812 alongside an existing mill which was later demolished allowing additional space for storage and today's current tea room.