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Mills open to visitors

This website lists a selection of the 450-odd wind and watermills which open to the public either regularly or occasionally, throughout the United Kingdom. Some of the mills listed are only open on National Mills Weekend, but others open on regular days each month.

Visiting the mills

Many of the mills listed open at fixed times. It is advisable to check opening arrangements if travelling far, as these may vary, or may need to be altered at short notice due to repairs, adverse weather conditions or availability of volunteers. Parties are welcome at most mills. Arrangements for these will always need to be made in advance. Many mills are prepared to open for parties at times when they are not open to members of the public.

Certain mills can only be visited by appointment, and visitors are asked to respect the owners' wishes and write, telephone or email in advance before visiting.

This website can be used to discover how to find these mills. For for those who prefer the printed word, the following publications are available from the SPAB Mills Section, from the bookshop or from participating mills.

  • Mills open, an illustrated guide which lists windmills and watermills which are usually open to the public.
  • Stone ground flour by natural power, a directory which gives information about where stone-ground, wholemeal, oatmeal and other special flours, and the tradition of milling with stones, can be discovered.

Safety in mills

Visitors should always be aware that mills are potentially dangerous places and that they enter at their own risk. Please be aware of safety guidelines at individual mills. Take particular care of the safety of small children by keeping them beside you and by being aware of overhead hazards when young children are carried.

Machinery, whether windmill sails, waterwheels, or any of the machinery inside the mill, may look fascinating but can cause serious or even fatal injury if touched or if standing too close. Machinery will continue to move even if something gets caught in it.

  • Keep hands, clothing and hair well clear of moving parts, and stay well behind any safety barriers.
  • Do not attempt to turn motionless machinery.
  • Never smoke in mills, and do not take dogs inside.

The SPAB Mills Section cannot be held responsible for visiting or safety arrangements in any of the mills listed. These are the responsibility of the individual mill owners.