Windmills

The Norfolk Windmills Trust cares for 21 buildings across Norfolk, 13 are owned or leased by Norfolk County Council.

All of the Trust's mills are visible from the road and footpaths. Most are open to the public on a regular basis or by appointment, and mills can also be opened for larger groups by prior appointment.

Special open days sometimes take place at some of the mills, and these may be advertised locally. Volunteers are always welcome to help out at these events.

There is a small admission charge at some of the larger mills. All donations or admission charges go towards the further restoration of mills in the Trust's care.

Grid reference: TG 507 095

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Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 167 786
Postcode: IP21 4HL

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Opening times and events:

  • Easter Monday 28 March - Open 12-4pm. Easter Egg Hunt on the common, time to be confirmed
  • Sunday 10 April – Open 12.30-4.30pm
  • Saturday 16 April – Open 12.30-4.30pm. Ceilidh at Brockdish Village Hall. Tickets from Herbert and Julie Websdell 01379 853967
  • Sunday 8 May - Open 12.30-4.30pm. Tractors on the common
  • Sunday 19 June – Open 12.30-4.30pm. Summer Celebration with information on bees, wildflowers and more. Possible observation hive
  • Sunday 24 July – Open 12.30-4.30pm. Crafts photo, linocuts, painting, wood and basketry
  • Saturday 20 August – Open from 10am-4pm as part of the Harleston Festival. Teddy parachute jump from 2pm
  • Sunday 18 Sept – Open 12.30-4.30pm. Celebration of Harvest with Rev Nigel Tufnell and the Salvation Army Band
  • Sunday 2 Oct – Open 12.30-4.30pm. Mill open in association with the Ploughing Competition organised by Sir Rupert Mann with an associated display

Admission: Adults £3 Senior Citizens £2 Children free.

Helpers and stewards welcome. Events are subject to availability and conditions.

Grid reference: TG 370 192
Postcode:NR29 5PG

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This open-framed timber trestle drainage mill with miniature cap, sails, fantail and turbine is situated on the east bank of the River Ant at How Hill and is visible at all times from the river and public footpath.

Grid reference: TG 445 035

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Access by boat or the Wherryman's Way riverside walk, but there is no access for vehicles.

Grid reference: TG 369 193
Postcode: NR29 5PG

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Situated 200 metres north of Boardman’s Mill and visible from the river and public footpath.

The sails of this hollow post drainage mill have been removed pending full restoration.

Grid reference: TG 223 335

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Extremely rare water-powered sawmill.

For more information, visit the Gunton Park Sawmill website.

Grid reference: TG 387 024

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For more information visit the Hardley Mill website.

Grid reference: TG 430 190

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Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TG 348 163

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Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TF 870 003
Postcode: IP25 6NT

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Sunday 15 May - Open 11am – 3pm. Tea and cakes on sale.

Grid reference: TG 365 176

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Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 062 909
Postcode: NR17 1SG

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This cornmill has the largest diameter tower in England.

The mill will be open on the second Sunday of each month from April to September, 2–5pm.

Grid reference: TG 444 034

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No public access to the site for vehicles. Access is via the Wherryman’s Way footpath from Reedham (a 45 minute walk). To access the footpath from Reedham turn off Mill Hill by the Primary School onto Holly Farm Road and follow the Wherryman’s Way signs. There are boat moorings near the site.

  • Saturday 14 May - Open 12-4pm. Polkey’s Mill will be working weather permitting and the diesel engines running as part of National Mills Weekend.
  • Thursday 8 September – Open 12-4pm. Mill working weather permitting as part of Heritage Open Days.

Grid reference: TG 470 100

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Not currently open to the public.

Located near to Polkey’s Mill.

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 457 997

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St Olaves Drainage Mill is situated on the east bank of the River Waveney, just below St Olaves' bridge on the A143.

This tiny, timber boarded trestle drainage mill with a scoopwheel is visible from road and river and can be approached by footpath from the bridge.

Major works are complete following storm damage but access is still restricted due to brickwork repairs required to the outfall waterlane.

Grid reference: TG 442 090

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Open to the public from Easter until the end of September daily between 9am and 8pm.

Visits at other times by arrangement with the Trust on 01362 869394.

Situated on the A47. Free Moorings. Tearoom and shop on site. Exhibition on drainage mills of the Broads.

Grid reference: TG 401 159

Postcode: NR29 5BU

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For more information, visit the Wind Energy Museum website.

Grid reference: TG 369 188

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Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TG 076 026
Postcode: NR18 9QA

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Open on the following days from 1–4pm: 

  • Sunday 15 May
  • Sunday 19 June
  • Sunday 17 July
  • Sunday 21 August
  • Sunday 18 September