Whitchurch Silk Mill provides an attractive and convenient location for group visits, as a destination or as part of an itinerary for a day out in the glorious Hampshire countryside. We have a space for coach parking and a large space available for groups to enjoy pre-booked refreshments. Also, don’t miss out on: a guided tour of the waterwheel and the Mill building and its Victorian machinery; the beautiful garden on the banks of the River Test; and the shop selling scarves, ties and giftware made from the Mill’s exclusive silks, along with other irresistible gifts.
- Free designated coach parking
- Ability to prebook refreshments, including a lunch buffet or cream tea
- Guided tour of waterwheel and Victorian machinery
- Access to the beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Test
- Chance to purchase the Mill's exclusive silks and other irresistable gifts
My group were immediately made welcome, enjoyed delicious food. The Mill and grounds were stunning, we could not have had a better day.
Christine H, 2nd Whitchurch scout group
Planning your group visit
A sample experience at The Mill: (Please allow around 2.5 hours for your visit)
Arrive at 10:30am and make your way to our new Welcome Building, Shop and Riverside Café. If you have pre-booked refreshments on arrival you will be met by a member of the mill team and directed to our group catering space (additional cost).
A member of the Mill team will meet you for a 60-minute guided tour, visiting the waterwheel, see our Victorian machinery in use and enjoy the interactive exhibitions.
At around 12pm make your way to our group catering space and enjoy a pre-booked delightful light lunch buffet or afternoon tea (additional cost).
The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy, take a walk along the river bank or maybe visit some or our neighbouring attractions like Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Highclere Castle or Winchester Cathedral.
Whilst the Silk Mill has a lift to all three floors for those with mobility problems, as with other similar attractions, due to Fire Regulations we can only have one confined wheelchair user in the building at any one time. We have a wheelchair available to borrow if requested beforehand.
Book your group visit
Either ring the Mill for information on (01256) 892065, or complete the Group Booking Form.
Payment is due 3 weeks prior to booking if payment is not taken immediately.
Group admission prices includes a guided tour
|Concessions (over 60 and student)||£7.00|
|Children (5-16)||£3.75 (differs for school visits)|
How do we book?
Either ring the Mill for information (01256) 892065, or download the Group Booking Form.
How many people are needed for a group visit?
The minimum group number is ten people. The Mill welcomes groups of up to a maximum of 50 people.
How long will a visit take?
We recommend allowing two and a half hours for the guided tour, refreshments and shopping.
Is there parking for coaches?
Yes, there is a designated coach parking space in the public carpark next to the Mill and Gill Nethercott Centre – see the map for parking locations and additional transport options.
Can we visit in the evening?
It may be possible to organise this, but we strongly recommend visiting during the day, when the machinery is most likely to be working and the weavers are around to help you enjoy your visit.
Are there any other trips we can combine with a visit to the Mill?
Yes, there are plenty of other things to see and do within a short distance of Whitchurch. See our suggestions in the Surrounding area section.
Are dogs allowed in the mill?
We welcome assistance dogs within our buildings, and our grounds are open to furry friends with responsible owners.