Thwaite Mills Watermill, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Thwaite Mills
Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP

Opening Times:

For schools: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm


For public: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm (during Leeds LEA School holidays)

Sat - Sun 1pm - 5pm

last tour 3.30pm


Open bank holidays

Advanced bookings are advised as the mill is led by a guide

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Thwaite Mills is a working water-powered mill with two huge waterwheels driving inter-linked cogs and grinding wheels, which were used to crush stone for items such as paint and putty from 1872 to 1976. Situated on an island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, Thwaite Mills was the hub of a tiny island community with cottages, crops and gardens. Now the island is a wildlife haven only minutes away from the city. The site also explains the history of the mill from the 17th century until the 1970s. Thwaite Mills also features the Georgian Mill Managers House which tells the story of the Horn Family who owned the mill for generations.

Contact Details:
Tel: 0113 276 2887

Learning Programmes:
For further details please visit the main Leeds Museums & Galleries website link above.


History, Geography, Science, and Art.

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