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Brixton Windmill Closed

Brixton Windmill is currently closed for the winter. It will reopen for public visits in Spring 2019.

Visits to Brixton Windmill

Brixton Windmill is open to the public for guided tours from March to October, usually on the second weekend of every month, plus a few extra dates. Tickets for the open days can be booked using the drop-down menu below. Tickets will be released one month prior to each Open Day weekend.

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. 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.

Short tours

If you don't manage to book a full tour on our open days, you can still go on a short tour 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 short tours, 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.

Please check in by 4:30pm for the last short tour of the day.

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. You will not be able to carry babies and young children on the stairs.

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!

Map

Address

The windmill is situated in a small park called Windmill Gardens at the top of Blenheim Gardens road.

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

Transport

By bus

The following buses pass Brixton Underground and the Windmill: 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 Underground (Victoria line) - 1 mile

Brixton Train overground - 1 mile

Clapham North Underground  (Northern line) - 1.2 miles 

Streatham Hill Train overground - 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. There is limited on-street parking on surrounding roads but from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm you have to pay parking charges (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 cycle route (City to Merton) and leave at Clapham North to continue via B221 Bedford Road/Kings Avenue, Lyham Road and through Blenheim Gardens estate. Or alternatively, leave CS7 at Kennington Park to continue via A23 Brixton Road/Brixton Hill.

Open days and events 2018

Brixton Windmill is open for tours on the following days in 2018. The list also includes special events in the park throughout the year:

Click here to view a Map and Directions.

Sat 14 April 
Sun 15 April: Also guided walk

Mon 7 May: Brixton Beer and Bread festival (windmill open for milling displays, no tours)

Sat 12 May: National Mills Weekend
Sun 13 May: National Mills Weekend and guided walk

Sat 9 June: Also tree walk
Sun 10 June: Also guided walk

Sat 14 July
Sun 15 July: Also Art in the Park and guided walk

Sat 11 August
Sun 12 August:
  Also guided walk  

Sat 8 September
Sun 9 September: Also guided walk

Sat 15 September: Variable 01
Sun 16 September: Variable 01
(Audio/Video Installation, no tours)

Thu 20 September: Windmill Gardens Bat Walk (windmill closed)

Sat 22 September: Open House 
Sun 23 September: Open House 

Wed 26 September: Annual Windmill Lecture (windmill closed)

Sat 13 October 
Sun 14 October: Also guided walk

Sun 16 December: Santa at the windmill (Open for Grotto, no tours)

Look out for more info on these events on our blog and what's on.

Many thanks to Comic Relief, London Community Fund and Blenheim Gardens RMO for helping to fund some of these events.