Part of a great Day Out on Wimbledon Common. No visit to Wimbledon Common is complete without also calling in at the Wimbledon Windmill Museum. There is interest for all ages, children and adults alike. And if you don’t have time for the full tour, visit the shop for postcards, books, souvenirs and even Wombles!
The Windmill has been a distinctive landmark since it was built in 1817 to serve the local community. However it only operated until 1864, when the machinery was removed and it was converted to residential accommodation.
Today the sails have been restored to working order and the building houses a fascinating museum of windmills, with exhibits on rural life and local history.
The Wimbledon Windmill Museum also has a display of Scouting memorabilia, commemorating the writing of part of ‘Scouting for Boys’ by Robert Baden-Powell in the Mill House in 1908.
The museum is administered by a charitable trust and run entirely by volunteers, which allows admission charges to be kept down. It is open on summer weekends only, but school parties and group visits can be arranged at other times.
We have a lot more Museums for you to look at in our directory.
- Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 5NR
- Phone: 020 8788 7655
- Website: http://www.wimbledonwindmill.org.uk/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get there by bus: 93
- Get there by tube/train: Wimbledon (South West Trains Thameslink)
- Wheelchair access: No
Access to the museum is somewhat limited because this was a working windmill and windmills were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. However we do our best.
There is a hard path from the road to the door of the windmill and there is a small lay-by so that cars can drop off passengers before entering the car park. Access to the first floor is only by means of a steep staircase and the tower is only accessible by means of a ladder. However there is plenty to see on the ground floor where there are the displays of working models, woodworking tools and the video room where the history and working of windmills is explained.
- Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.