Sarehole Mill

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Sarehole Mill information

Birmingham , United Kingdom
Street Cole Bank Rd
+44 121 777 6612
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admission free
Opening hours
noon-4pm Tue-Sun Apr-Oct
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Built in the late 18th century, it was a favourite haunt of the young JRR Tolkien, who played here after his family moved to Birmingham in the late 1800s. It’s said the mill and nearby Moseley Bog provided inspiration for the Shire – home to Bilbo, Frodo and Samwise Gamgee in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Travel 5 miles south of the city on bus 11A, 11C or 11E to reach the mill. There you’ll see pulley wheels, sack hoists and lots of worn beams. Then look out for little folk with furry feet.