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“A fab little walk.”
Review of Wilton Windmill

Wilton Windmill
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wilton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Set high above the village of Wilton, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour. We are open every year from Easter to the end of September on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm when the windmill building is open for guided tours. The shepherd's hut shop, serving refreshments and gifts and providing a seating area, is also open at this time, as are the loos. You can visit the Windmill at any time - there is a picnic area with breathtaking views across to the Downs and the building can be viewed from the outside. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead and pick up any mess before you leave. The Windmill is run entirely by volunteers from the Wilton Windmill Society, so please make a contribution in the donation box by the gate when you visit or make a donation here on the website when you get home. You can also get involved by volunteering or becoming a member. We hope you enjoy your visit. Please do not leave valuables in your car whilst you visit - thieves are known to operate in the area, which is a real shame, but there you go!
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Living in the village, we normally dont make it past the swan, but we love this windmill. always lit at night, beautiful.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Well walked! Especially in this heat - but there again, another excuse to drop into the Swan on the way home.

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Reviewed 24 July 2018

They put on a wind in the willows themed family fete with lots of traditional stalls. My 6 year old was desperate to do the windmill tour and it was one of the best things weve done with him. He was fascinated with the workings and the story of the mill and ended up helping the tour guides manually move the sails at the end to take down the bunting. I just sat back and enjoyed the spectacular views. If you have a 6 to 10 year old interested in building things and engineering then this is a must. Look out on the website for working days. You wont be disappointed.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NaomiN205
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Arnoldbakers, Committee member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Hi Naomi, we are just so happy to hear that our Wind in the Willows day worked out so well for you - and especially for your son. As well as the Open Day, and our regular Sunday opening, we do special visits for schools. And they very much bear out your comments about the appeal of industrial archaeology for primary school kids - they are truly fascinated by the workings of our windmill.
Thank you so much for your kind comments. Come again soon; better still, persuade your son's school to book a trip!

Kind regards,
James Arnold-Baker

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We have been meaning to go for ages and not quite made it, but so glad we made the effort. We took the guided tour which I would recommend. The windmill has been lovingly restored and it’s so refreshing to go to a historic building and be able to see each and every bit. I hadn’t expected to be allowed up to the very top, right next to the sails! Our guide obviously knew the mill inside out and spoke with passion and care about the project. He even managed to keep a (just) 6 year old engaged for a whole 1/2 hour. The tour was not rushed and there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions. The ladies in the ticket office/cafe were very accommodating and make a good cuppa. The ice creams were reasonably priced too. Only thing I would warn visitors is that the mill tour isn’t suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the steep ladders.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words, which I know will be much appreciated by our volunteer guides and helpers in the shepherd's hut.
We do indeed try to keep the windmill in good working order for visitors to appreciate, but also for our regular milling of flour. Thank you for coming, and bringing your family too.
James

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

Was travelling on the 'Billet Hotel Boat' on the Kennett and Avon Canal when we saw the sign for the 'Wilton Windmill' and decided to investigate.

Although the Windmill itself wasn't open, as it was early evening, there is access to the field where it stands and information boards all around.

A really great find and well worth a visit!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Stephen51
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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

So glad that you made the walk over the hill to find our lovely windmill. Our connection with the Kennet & Avon Canal is an intimate one. Once canal traffic began to build up, after Crofton started pumping in 1810, five local watermills on the Bedwyn Brook were increasingly deprived of water. Local farmers had nowhere to mill their grain, and so Wilton Windmill was built in 1821, to fill this gap.

I hope the rest of your cruise along the K&A C was equally interesting.

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Could not make it at the week end but had a walk round the outside, where there are some lovely views. Will try to visit again when the tours are running.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Yes, please do come again. Our volunteers will be most happy to welcome you, and show you the 1821 hi-tech engineering of Wessex's only working windmill.

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