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Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Delve into Ulster’s industrial heritage

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Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Delve into Ulster’s industrial heritage

See all opening times

Site Closed

Admission

Free of charge

Getting here

Churchill Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
F92 F205

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Take a short trip out of Letterkenny for a first-hand look at the technology that powered the Industrial Revolution.

The oldest surviving building at Newmills is 400 years old and there have been mills at Newmills since the early nineteenth century. In Victorian times a flax mill lay at the core of the complex, providing crucial supplies to the linen industry, the backbone of Ulster’s economy at the time. A corn mill ground barley, oats and imported maize.

Newmills steadily expanded to include a public house, a scutcher’s cottage and a forge. By the early 1900s Newmills was also exporting food – the earliest supplies of butter, bacon and eggs for Sir Thomas Lipton’s nascent grocery empire in Glasgow came from there.

The waterwheel that drove the corn mill can still be seen in action. It is one of the largest working waterwheels in the country.

Opening Times

21 May – 30 September Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

Contact

Churchill Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
F92 F205

074 912 5115

Getting Here

5km outside Letterkenny off Churchill Road.

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Facilities

  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

Restrictions

  • Uneven walkways

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