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.
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.
Now the windmill faces a new challenge. We have taken the very difficult decision to remove the stocks and sails due to the wear and tear that comes with being a working windmill. We need to raise a total of £40,000 to support our work of assessing and repairing and/or replacing the stocks and sails before we can reinstate them back on to the windmill and get back into full working order.
With your support we can keep Bursledon Windmill's sails turning and ensure our community treasure will be protected and restored for generations to come. Thank you.
Want to support our campaign in other ways? Why not try your hand at a bake sale, take up the challenge of a sponsored run, or have a dress down day at work?
We would love to hear about how you would like to get involved. Please do get in touch and, no matter your target, we can offer inspiration and support to help you reach your goal.
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.
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!|
|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.
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.
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.
To arrange a group booking please call 02380 404999.