How to visit

Plan your visit

Friends of Windmill Gardens open Brixton Windmill for tours on the second weekend of every month from March – October.

On a tour of Brixton Windmill you will see two sets of millstones – the original wind-powered machinery, and the smaller stones installed by the Ashby family in 1902 that were driven by steam. Now they run on electricity and are used by our volunteer millers to produce Brixton Windmill flour.

The tour takes 30 minutes, and you must book in advance. Tours usually get booked up very quickly. If we get cancellations we advertise these on our social media.

Book here.

If there are no places available for a full tour, we also run ‘turn up and go’ short tours throughout the afternoon on our open weekends.

See the internal workings on the first floor of the original mill, along with the now electric powered millstones and hear the fascinating story of the family who once owned the windmill. Booking is not required for short tours but be aware that entry is not guaranteed and you may have to queue. Children need to be able to climb the stairs unaided. Tours last 20 minutes. Last entry is 20 minutes before closing time.

Mid-Week Tours

You can also book to visit the Windmill during the week for a group visit, including a private tour of the Windmill,  copy of our guidebook, and tea/coffee and cake at the end.

Book here.

Health and safety

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.

For safety reasons, children less than 1.2 metres tall are not allowed in the windmill. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For a full tour to the top floor you need to be able to climb narrow stairs. For visitors with disabilities we aim to deliver as much interpretation as possible from the ground floor.

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!

Getting here

Find out how to get to the Windmill on our Getting Here page.

Map

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

The park is at the top end of Blenheim Gardens road.

Address

Windmill Gardens
100 Blenheim Gardens
Brixton Hill
London SW2 5DA

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