Discover Bursledon Windmill, Hampshire’s only working windmill, and a fascinating glimpse into the county’s milling history.

Built in 1814, after a period of dereliction it was restored and reopened in the 1990s as a working windmill and heritage attraction.

Other buildings on site include the Chineham Barn, which now houses the ticket office and other facilities, and the Hiltingbury Granary, an 18th century farm building. The pond that used to water the farmer’s horses has been re-dug in its original location. Much of Bursledon Windmill is an outdoor site, so suitable clothing and footwear are strongly advised.

Things to do

There is plenty for the whole family to do at Bursledon Windmill:

  • A guided tour of the site 
  • Take a walk through Windmill Wood and try the brass rubbing nature trail
  • Watch a documentary on the history of the windmill
  • Learn about grinding flour by hand 
  • Browse the shop’s range of gift items

The workings of the mill

The boat-shaped cap - so called because it looks like the inverted hull of a boat - turns on the top of the windmill tower to keep the sails facing into the wind. The sails have canvas cloths spread over them to catch the wind: hardly any canvas is required in a strong wind, whereas full cloths are needed in a light breeze. The reefing stage around the mill provides access to the sails.

Inside the mill, the ground floor was used for the temporary storage of newly-delivered grain and for bagging the milled meal and flour. Further up are the stone floor, the bin floor and the dust floor, known as such because it easily became very dusty and dirty during milling. Here, you can see each element of the mill mechanism and learn from our guides how each piece worked together to grind the flour.

History of the mill

The windmill was built in 1814 and was in operation until the late 1880s. Between 1978 and 1991, the derelict mill was restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust. The sails were replaced in 1990 and the mill opened to the public in May 1991. In 2012, a major two year restoration to the windmill began, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, before the mill reopened once again under the care of Hampshire Cultural Trust in 2014.

Before you visit the mill, please be aware:

To take part in the mill tour, please be advised that:

  • You must be able to climb and descend steep ladders without assistance
  • The tour is not suitable for visitors with vertigo, claustrophobia or similar health conditions
  • You must wear appropriate, flat footwear

During your tour, please:

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Mind your head on the low beams and doorframes
  • Take care on the steep ladders

If you have any questions before or during your tour of the mill, please ask a member of our team - they will be happy to help you.

Your visit

Save our sails

 For over 200 years, Bursledon Windmill's sails have turned over the village of Bursledon. It is now the only working windmill in Hampshire and provides a fascinating glimpse into the county's milling history.

You may have noticed that the windmill is currently without its stocks and sails: we took the very difficult decision to remove them due to the wear and tear that comes with being a working windmill. We are currently fundraising to help repair/replace the stocks and sails and get the windmill back into full working order.

So far, our Keep Our Sails Turning campaign has had incredible support from our local community and we have already raised £8,760, a fantastic achievement in the face of the many challenges of the past two years and the current turbulent times.  

We’ve had support from local groups such as Bursledon Short Mat Bowls club; we’ve had a sponsored 5k run and two tandem sky dives; we’ve had baked goods donated by a local baker to sell and walking tours provided free of charge, with all profits going to the campaign; we’ve received grants from trusts and foundations and a local sail maker has donated brand new sail cloth for when the sails are reinstated. On top of this, we ran a photography competition asking the local community to submit their photos for a chance to feature in the Bursledon Windmill Calendar 2022, with all profits from its sale going directly to our Keep Our Sails Turning campaign. A local graphic designer, video production and animation company and magazine offered their time for free to judge and select the winning photographs that went into the calendar.

This incredible, ongoing support from our local community really proves just how special Bursledon Windmill is to everyone. A very big thank you to everyone who has donated to and supported our campaign so far!

We know that you’re eager to see the windmill back in full working order: it is taking longer than we anticipated to get the stocks and sails back up and running. Rest assured that we are working hard with our partners to get it back in working order, but as Bursledon Windmill is Grade II listed, we want to ensure that everything is done correctly which takes time (and money!). Please keep an eye on this page for future updates on how we are getting on with the project.

We still need your support to help us get the sails back on the windmill and ensure our community treasure will be protected and restored for generations to come. Any donations we receive will directly support the repair/replacement of the stocks and sails and getting Bursledon Windmill up and working again. Thank you.

Donate today

 

Café and picnics

Drinks and snacks are available to buy at Bursledon Windmill and picnics are welcome.

Bring your own cup

Get 30p off your next hot drink in the museum café when you bring your own reusable cup! Simply present your cup to a member of staff to claim your discount.

Admission

Pay once, visit all year*! With your ticket, you can enjoy unlimited visits to Bursledon Windmill and return as many times as you like for a whole year!

Ticket Price: Pay Once, Visit All Year!  
Adult £5.00  
Children £2.50  
Concession £4.00  
Under 5s Free  
Family Ticket (up to 5 people, max. 2 adults) £14.00  

*Excludes special events which are charged separately. Please see What's On for details. 

Prices effective 13 August 2020.

Find out more about our concession and discounted tickets.

Learn about the history of the Windmill, Chineham Barn and Granary building on a site guided tour. Please note internal tours of the windmill are currently not available. If you are travelling a long way to visit the mill, it is worthwhile calling ahead to check whether the tours are busy. 

Accessibility

Bursledon Windmill offers disabled parking and accessible toilet facilities. The barn, grounds and ground floor of the windmill are wheelchair accessible and an interactive tour of the mill is available for those unable to reach the upper floors. Dogs and guide dogs are permitted in the grounds only.

How to get here

By car: Bursledon Windmill is signposted from Junction 8 of the M27. Follow the signs from the motorway to the roundabout and take the first left onto the A27. Windmill Lane is the first turning on the left. Free parking is available on site.

Group and school visits

To arrange a group booking please call 02380 404999.

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