Burlesdon Windmill

Places to Visit


  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults


Indoor & Outdoor



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 (please note internal tours of the windmill building are currently not available)
  • 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.

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.


  • Adult Ticket: Pay once, visit all year, ages 16+ £5.00 
  • Child Ticket: 5-15yrs, under 5s go free. Pay once, visit all year - £2.50 
  • Concession Ticket: Pay once, visit all year - £4.00 
  • Family Ticket: Pay once, visit all year. Up to 5 people, maximum 2 adults - £14.00

Opening Hours

Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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