Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life and Costume

The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume is a treasure trove, created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings in a beautiful rural location in Ayrshire, South-west Scotland.

Beautifully restored buildings offer the visitor a chance to step into the past. Experience the sight and sound of the water wheel and the machinery of a Victorian Grain Mill.

The granaries on three floors have exhibitions which tell the story of the rural community over the last century, their work, pastimes, dress and life.

Spend some time with us, enjoy the tranquillity of the riverside walk, have a coffee and home baking or a light lunch, and then visit our country living shop in the restored byre.
We offer a gentle relaxed day out for the whole family.

Rising through four floors and powered by a six metre water wheel, this is one of the oldest and tallest grain mills surviving in Scotland. The machinery rescued from a mill in the Scottish Borders, shows the skills of the Victorian engineers or mill-wrights who designed such mills. The wheel turns daily when water supplies and personnel are available. The wheel is undershot and turns anti-clockwise, but we have no explanation for the video above which seems to show the inner and outer parts turning in different directions. Why not come and see for yourselves.


Visitor info

Opening hours

Tues - Sat - 10AM - 4PM, Sun - 11AM - 4PM


Dalgarven Mill, Dalgarven, by Kilwinning KA13 6PL


Admission from £5. Under 5's go free. Check the website for full details


Assisted disabled access to Coffee Room, Main Costume Gallery and Mill Machine Room. Accessible toilet

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