National Mills Weekend, Mills open in Wales – 9th and 10th May 2020:
UNFORTUNATELY THIS HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS.
Some mills may charge for admission and most will accept donations towards expenses or their restoration fund.
The mills listed below were open in 2019, details of mills open for 2020 will be available soon.
Cenarth Mill, Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmthenshire.
A flour mill from 17th century, on a mill site of about 12th century, with timber and iron undershot waterwheel driving, two pairs of mill stones, one for barley and one for oats. Next to the Teifi falls, part of the National Coracle Centre.
Location – Grid reference – SN 270 415 . Near A484 Teifi bridge in Cenarth .
National Mills Weekend opening – Call to confirm
Contact 01239 711642 www.coracle-centre.co.uk
Museum of Welsh Woollen Industry, Drefach Felindre, near Llandysul, SA44 5UP
On the site of a 1902 mill, recently redeveloped to show how the processes turned raw wool into finished cloth.
Location – Grid reference – SN 355 392 In village of Drefach Felindre follow brown direction signs.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday – 10.00 – 17.00
Contact – 02920 573070
Felin Ganol, Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. SY23 5AL
A corn mill complex complete with machinery and working overshot waterwheel, kiln, and mill house. Now producing and selling organic flours.
Location – Grid reference SN 542 698 Approaching Llanrhystud from Aberystwyth, turn 1st left after speed limit sign, before entering village, mill is 100 yards up school lane. Turn left after the school.
National Mills Weekend opening – Sunday 11.00 – 15.00 milling demonstration at 1.30am and 2.30pm.
Contact – Andy and Anne Parry- 01974 202272 www.felinganol.co.uk
Silver Mountain Experience , Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB
A traditional Welsh, water powered metal mine which worked between 1745 and 1910. This mine produced ores of silver-lead and zinc, transported by sea to South Wales for smelting . Restored waterwheels and water –powered machinery are displayed. Underground visits to the mine, museum, rock and mineral shop, tea and coffee shop. Water play area.
Location – Grid reference – SN 732 809 . On A44, 11 miles east of Aberystwyth.
National Mills Weekend opening 10.00 – 16.00
Contact – 01970 890620 www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk
Y Felin, Mydroilyn, Lampeter, SA48 7QY
A small village corn mill, with 14 ft overshot wheel, two pairs of stones and gearing still in place., mostly 19th century , but raised roofline probably shows an earlier building, probably prior to 1740. Old adjacent cottage, pig sties, and later miller’s house. Waterwheel partly restored, and other restoration work in progress.
Location – Grid reference SN 457552 . On B4342 in Mydroilyn village , just below the chapel (at junction with Cribyn road ) .
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Contact – Glen or Sue James 01545 – 580758
Dyfi Furnace, Furnace, near Machynlleth, Powys.
A charcoal blast furnace built in 1755, which was powered by a spectacular waterwheel.
Location – Grid reference – SN 685 951 . On A487, Aberystwyth to Machynlleth road at Furnace. Car park opposite.
Website – http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/dyfifurnace/visitorinformation?lang=en
National Mills Weekend opening – Site open, Sat / Sun 10.00 – 16.00
Pontdolgoch Sawmill, Pontgolgoch, near Caersws, Powys, SY17 5NJ
A large circular saw and wood working complex powered by an overshot waterwheel, virtually unchanged since the early 1900’s.
Location – Grid reference – SO 010 937. Off A470 Newtown to Machynlleth road at Pontdolgoch.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday 11.00 – 16.00
Contact – Tim Chilton – 01686 688144
Coed Trewernau Mill, near Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6PG
Entry free, limited parking either at roadside or by mill.
Location – Grid reference – SO 081676
Take minor road towards Abbey-cwm-hir off A483, 1.25 miles N of Crossgates. Mill is on left after about 0.8 mile, down short steep unmade track.
Very small rural corn mill, lacking water wheel but retaining most of its working parts. Wooden machinery. An exceptional and important survival.
National Mills Weekend opening – Sunday only 11.00 – 4.00
Contact – Mel Walters – 0771 2663202
Pontysgawrhyd Mill, Meifod, Welshpool, Powys. SY22 6XT
A large scale mill built in 1810, built on a previous 16th century mill site and waterways, currently under restoration, retains undershot waterwheel , two pairs of mill stones. Machinery and wheel thought to be by William Hazeldine.
Location – Grid reference – SJ 195155. Turn off A495 3 miles north of Meifod, on to A490 towards Welshpool for ¾ mile, mill entrance on the right just before bridge.
National Mills Weekend opening – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Contact Dave or Jane Wadley – 01938-500827
Talgarth Mill, The Square, Talgarth, Powys. LD3 0BW
A flour mill stopped working in the 1940’s , but now part of a community project to re-vitalise the town. Extensive renovation project, to bring back to working condition, now complete. Hope to be grinding flour on National Mills Weekend, with tours every hour
Location – In centre of town , next to town hall.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
Contact – 01874-711352 www.talgarthmill.org.uk Felin Talgarth Mill @ Twitter
South West Wales
Y Felin , St Dogmaels, Nr Cardigan. SA43 3DY
A working watermill probably late 13th century, restored by present owners in 1981. Producing wholemeal and speciality flours.
Location – Grid reference SN 165 459. Follow signs for St Dogmaels Abbey. About 1 mile west of Cardigan. Second turning on left on entering village
National Mills Weekend opening times – Saturday 10.00 – 16.00 Tours at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00
Contact – Emma Hall – 07825-250562 or 01239 613999
Carew Tide Mill, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
A corn mill built in early 1800’s, powered by the tidal currents, to drive six pairs of mill stones. Open for visitors but not operating at present.
Location – Grid reference SN 042 038 Turn off A4777 onto A4075 at Carew. Mill is 1st left in Mill Lane.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.30 . Corn dolly workshop 14.30 – 16.00
Contact 01646 651782
MelinTregwynt, Castle Morris, near Haverfordwest . SA62 5UX
A working woollen mill, still producing unique woollen goods which are exported worldwide.
Location – Grid reference SM 894 348 . Off A487 Fishguard to St Davids road, about 5 miles from Fishguard.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 17.00,
Contact – Eifion Griffiths – 01348 891225 www.melintregwynt.co.uk
St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, near Cardiff.
A museum site containing , a relocated gorse mill, woollen mill, tannery , sawmill, were water powered on their original sites. The corn mill with a waterwheel operated by re-circulated water.
Location –Grid ref- ST 110 770. Off junction 33 of M4, West of Cardiff, follow brown signs.
National Mills Weekend – open Sat / Sun 10.00 – 17.00 Free admission. Car park £3.50
Contact – 0300 1112333 www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans
Y Felin Ddwr, Parkmill and Craft Centre , Gower, Swansea, SA3 3EM
A corn mill and farm complex retaining waterwheel and machinery, currently operating as a heritage and craft centre.
Location – Grid reference – SS 534 893
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 Sunday – 10.00 – 17.00
Contact – Sarah, 01792 371206 www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
Mathern Mill, Mathern, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6LG,
A corn mill whose existence can be traced back to at least the 17th century. Although milling ceased in 1968 much of the Victorian machinery remains intact. There are 4 pairs of millstones and a brick built engine house which housed a steam engine to supplement the water supply. The mill is unrestored and only the ground floor will be open to visitors.
Location – Grid reference ST515916 – On entering Mathern village from A48, turn right at the war memorial and follow lane for 400yds.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday 14.00 – 17.00 , Sunday 14.00 – 17.00
Contact Dave & Jan Bowen 01291- 622282
Aberdulais Tin Works and waterfall, Neath, SA10 8EU.
This steep gorge is the site of an early tinplate works. Now contains what is claimed to be the largest water wheel in Europe generating electricity, together with a water turbine driving another generator. Owned by the National Trust .
Location – Grid reference SS 771994 At Aberdulais, on A4109, about 3 miles NE of Neath.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday – 10.30 – 16.00
Entry fee if not National Trust member.
Contact – 01639-636674 email@example.com
Llanyrafon Watermill, Cwmbran, NP44 8HP
A 3-storey stone built mill, which worked until 1951, and was damaged by fire subsequently.
Now owned by Torfaen Council and under restoration by the Friends of Llanyrafon Mill, when funding permits. Has iron machinery and a small overshot waterwheel.
Location – Grid reference ST303946 Llanyrafon Way,Cwmbran, Torfaen. Leave A4042 at Crown roundabout towards Cwmbran, on Llanfrechfa Way, Take 4th on right, then immediately left on to tarmac path to social club and mill car park.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday 14.00– 16.00.
Cwmbran and District Amateur Radio Association will be in attendance , on air to other mills and anyone else who wishes to join in. Free admission.
At other times – Bank Holidays by appointment, or phone before visting.
Contact – Marion Davies, tel 01633-482780.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.welshmills.org.uk/llanyrafon.m0.html
Llynon Windmill, Llanddeusant, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 4AB
Built in 1775, in operation until storm damaged in 1918, but now restored as the only working windmill in Wales. Location – Follow brown signs.
National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday Call to confirm opening times
Contact – 01407 – 730797 Richard Holt
National Slate Museum, Llanberis, LL55 4TY
A 50ft waterwheel built in Caernarfon in 1870 which turns again, is part of the restored foundry and workshops complex, and quarrymens’ houses. |Slate splitting demonstrations .
Café and shop .
Location – Grid reference SH 586 603 . Off A4086 at Llanberis . Follow signs to Llyn Padarn Country Park.
Opening times – daily Easter to October 10.00 – 17.00
National Mills Weekend – Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
Last admission – 1 hour before closing, but recommend at least 2 hours before closing.
Contact – 0300-1112333 www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/slate
Trefriw Woollen Mills, Conwy Valley LL27 ONQ
Originally the site of a water-powered fulling mill, or pandy, the present building dates from the 1960s. The machinery is powered by a Boving hydro-electic turbine dating from the 1940s. Traditional methods of production are used for Welsh bedspreads, tweeds and travelling rugs. Museum of carding engines, mules, etc
Location In centre of Trefriw, on B5106 Betws-y-Coed to Conwy road, about 5 miles N of Betws-y-Coed. Grid reference: SH 780 631 National Mills Weekend opening times – Saturday 10.00-17.00 Shop and turbine house.
Contact – Elaine Williams, tel. 01492 640462.
Felin Cochwillan, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor.
Location -Grid reference: SH 601 698 OS sheet: 115 Postcode: LL57 3YB Turn off A55 at Penrhyn Castle into Tal-y-Bont village.
Built originally as a fulling mill about 200 years ago, was converted later to a corn and oatmeal mill with four pairs of millstones, an oatmeal fan, grain cleaner, dressing machine and a drying kiln. In process of being restored to working order. Opening times 2019 – Visitors welcome by appointment only.
National Mills Weekend opening times 2019 Sunday 12th May 10.30 – 16.00. Contact – Cora and Howard Hutchinson, tel. 01248 362800.
Email – email@example.com
Web site – www.felincochwillan.co.uk