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

17 April - 12:00 - 16:00 Easter Egg hunt up to 15's. Treasure hunt over 18's 14:30
14 May - 12:00 - 16:00 Classic + Vintage vehicles
10 June - Ceilidh Brockdish Village Hall 19:30
25 June - 12:00 - 16:00 Starston Pealers Handbells
16 July - Talk by Mr I Dains Last Miller at Billingford
Brockdish Village Hall 14:30
30 July - 12:00 - 16:00 David Brown Club - Vintage Tractors
19 Aug - 11:00 - 16:00 Teddy Parachute drop plus commemorating invasion by 8th USAAF Air Force.
Vehicles etc. and ex personnel and Norfolk Whittler
17 September - 12:00 - 16:00 Celebration of Harvest 15:00 Rev Tuffnel and Band

Enquires - Julie and Herbert Mill Custodians 01379 853967 

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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Not currently open to the public.

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 13 May - Open 12-4pm. Polkey’s Mill will be working weather permitting and the diesel engines running as part of National Mills Weekend
ABC diesels will be running the engines and training any potential volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering and attending the training day please call 0344 800 8020 or email information@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

Seven Mile Diesels - The building will be open and the engines running for National Mill weekend 13 May 12:00-16:00. 

ABC diesels will be running the engines and training any potential volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering and attending the training day please call 0344 800 8020 or email information@norfolk.gov.uk

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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The mill will be open on 14 May for National Mill Weekend with the project manager for the Mill and Marsh Project on site to explain the project to visitors. 

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 days in 2017 - 14 May, 11 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September.
 
Open on each of these days between 1pm and 4 pm.