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Visits to Brixton Windmill

Brixton Windmill is open to the public for guided tours from April to October, usually on the second weekend of every month, plus a few extra dates. The open days are listed on the drop-down menu below.

Because of the limited space inside the windmill, the number of people that can go on a full tour is limited to three adults or two adults and two children plus guide. This means that tours can be booked up very quickly. If we get cancellations we advertise these on Twitter @brixtonwindmill.

Despite reminders, some people also do not turn up on the day for full tours that they have booked. In this case we offer the places to visitors who have turned up for short tours.

We also offer guided walks of the surrounding area on Brixton Hill on most Sundays when the windmill is open.



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Guided tours

On our guided tours you can visit the "two mills in one" and hear the fascinating story of the Ashby family. You will also see the original wind-powered machinery and find out about how it was once used to make stoneground flour.

You must book a guided tour in advance (click on the dates below), as access to the upper floors of the windmill is very restricted. Because of space restrictions, each tour is limited to three adults plus guide or two adults and two children plus guide. 

There are guided tours on the hour and half hour, with last entry 30 minutes before published closing time. Each tour lasts approx. 30-45 minutes. All tours are free. 

If you have any queries, please email booking@brixtonwindmill.org.uk

Open access visits

If you don't manage to book a guided tour on our open days (see above), you can still visit up to the first floor, where you will see some of the internal workings of the windmill. Hear the fascinating story of the family who once owned it and see the steam-powered millstone, which was installed in 1902.

You do not need to book a place for our open access visits, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee entry and that you may have to queue, as there are restrictions on the number of visitors inside the building at any one time. Children also need to be able to climb the stairs to the first floor unaided.

Last entry 15 minutes before published closing time.

School visits

For school visits, please see Learning.

Visitor information

We love to welcome visitors to Brixton Windmill, and we hope you will enjoy learning about this unique building. As well as telling you about the windmill and its history, our guides and stewards are also there to ensure your safety – so please stay with them and listen to their advice and instructions to help get the most from your visit.

As a former industrial building, Brixton Windmill has potential dangers, including steep ladders, low beams and heavy machinery. It’s also a very small space, so the number of visitors at any one time is restricted. You will be asked to sign in on the ground floor.

Children are very welcome, but because of the steep ladders they are not allowed to go above the first floor if they are less than 1.2m tall. They must be able to climb the stairs by themselves. Babies and young children cannot be carried.

If you have mobility problems, health concerns or don’t like heights or climbing ladders, you may also prefer to remain on the ground or first floor. Please tell the guide or steward if you think you may have problems.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Open days and events 2016

Brixton Windmill is open for tours on the following days in 2016. We also list special events in the park throughout the year.

Saturday 26 March Also treasure hunt
Sunday 27 March: Also guided walk and Easter egg hunt

Saturday 9 April
Sunday 10 April: Also Guided walk

Monday 2 May: Brixton beer and bread festival (windmill closed)

Saturday 14 May: National Mills Weekend
Sunday 15 May: National Mills Weekend and guided walk

Saturday 11 June
Sunday 12 June: Also guided walk

Sunday 26 June: Windmill parade and festival (windmill closed)

Saturday 9 July
Sunday 10 July: Also guided walk

Saturday 13 August
Sunday 14 August:
Art in the Park and guided walk

Saturday 10 September: Also guided walk
Sunday 11 September: Also guided walk

Saturday 17 September: Open House 
Sunday 18 September: Open House 

Saturday 8 October 
Sunday 9 October: Also guided walk

Sunday 30 October: Hallowe'en storytelling (windmill closed)

Look out for more info on these events on our blog.

Address

The windmill is situated in a small park called Windmill Gardens.

Windmill Gardens
West end of Blenheim Gardens
Off Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5EU

Transport

By bus
45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 250 and 333. Alight at Blenheim Gardens. (Coming from Brixton tube station, it's the third stop.)

By train
Brixton 1 mile; Brixton Underground (Victoria line) 1 mile; Clapham North (Northern line) 1.2 miles; Streatham Hill 1.2 miles.

By car
The windmill is situated one mile south of Brixton on the A23, off Brixton Hill. There is no on-site parking. You can park on Blenheim Gardens but from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm you have to buy a ticket from the machine (currently £3 an hour, maximum four hours) unless you have a valid permit. Parking at other times is free. If you are using satnav, the postcode is SW2  5EU.

By bike
View local cycle routes on the Transport for London or Cycle Streets websites. From central London take the CS7 (City to Merton) route. Exit at Stockwell Road or Bedford Road at Clapham North.