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Visits to Brixton Windmill

Brixton Windmill is open to the public for guided tours from March to October, usually on the second weekend of every month, plus a few extra dates. Tickets for the open days can be booked using the drop-down menu below. Tickets will be released one month prior to each Open Day weekend.

Because of the limited space inside the windmill, the number of people that can go on a full tour is limited to three adults or two adults and two children. This means that tours can be booked up very quickly. If we get cancellations we advertise these on Twitter @brixtonwindmill.

Despite reminders, some people also do not turn up on the day for full tours that they have booked. In this case we offer the places to visitors who have turned up for short tours.

We also offer guided walks of the surrounding area on Brixton Hill on most Sundays when the windmill is open.



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Short tours

If you don't manage to book a full tour on our open days (see above), you can still go on a short tour up to the first floor, where you will see some of the internal workings of the windmill. Hear the fascinating story of the family who once owned it and see the steam-powered millstone, which was installed in 1902.

You do not need to book a place for our short tours, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee entry and that you may have to queue, as there are restrictions on the number of visitors inside the building at any one time. Children also need to be able to climb the stairs to the first floor unaided.

Last entry 15 minutes before published closing time.

School visits

For school visits, please see Learning.

Visitor information

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.

Children are very welcome, but because of the steep ladders they are not allowed to go above the first floor if they are less than 1.2m tall. They must be able to climb the stairs by themselves. Babies and young children cannot be carried on the stairs.

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!

Open days and events 2017

Brixton Windmill is open for tours on the following days in 2017. We also list special events in the park throughout the year.

Booking for tours will open in March 2017.

Saturday 25 March
Sunday 26 March: Also guided walk

Saturday 15 April
Sunday 16 April: Also guided walk

Monday 1 May: Brixton beer and bread festival (windmill closed)

Saturday 13 May: National Mills Weekend
Sunday 14 May: National Mills Weekend and guided walk

Thursday 18 May: Bat walk (windmill closed)

Saturday 10 June
Sunday 11 June: Also guided walk

Saturday 17 June: Five-a-side football tournament (windmill closed)

Saturday 8 July
Sunday 9 July: Also guided walk

Saturday 12 August
Sunday 13 August:
Art in the Park and guided walk

Thursday 7 September: Bat walk (windmill closed)

Saturday 9 September: Also guided walk
Sunday 10 September: Also guided walk

Saturday 16 September: Open House 
Sunday 17 September: Open House and Harvest Festival

Wednesday 27 September: Annual Windmill Lecture

Saturday 14 October 
Sunday 15 October: Also guided walk

Sunday 29 October: Hallowe'en storytelling (windmill closed)

Sunday 17 December: Santa at the windmill (windmill closed)

Look out for more info on these events on our blog.

Many thanks to Comic Relief, London Community Fund and Blenheim Gardens RMO for helping to fund some of these events.

Address

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

Windmill Gardens
West end of Blenheim Gardens
Off Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5EU

Transport

By bus
45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 250 and 333. Alight at Blenheim Gardens. (Coming from Brixton tube station, it's the third stop.)

By train
Brixton 1 mile; Brixton Underground (Victoria line) 1 mile; Clapham North (Northern line) 1.2 miles; Streatham Hill 1.2 miles.

By car
The windmill is situated one mile south of Brixton on the A23, off Brixton Hill. There is no on-site parking. You can park on Blenheim Gardens but from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm you have to buy a ticket from the machine (currently £3 an hour, maximum four hours) unless you have a valid permit. Parking at other times is free. If you are using satnav, the postcode is SW2  5EU.

By bike
View local cycle routes on the Transport for London or Cycle Streets websites. From central London take the CS7 (City to Merton) route. Exit at Stockwell Road or Bedford Road at Clapham North.