Set high above the village of Wilton, in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, stands Wilton Windmill, the only working windmill in Wessex and she still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour. Here she is in all her glory, on live webcam 24/7, so that you can see her at anytime from anywhere in the world! We have invested in new webcam technology to help monitor the mill for security, safety and operational reasons and are so excited that our visitors can now see themselves live online at the mill - and those that want to see the mill working can now do so on line even if you can't get there in person. Be sure to sign up for notifications by ticking the 'Local - See it Milling' box.
Located at the eastern end of the Pewsey Vale, and at the heart of the Great West Way©, Wilton Windmill is open every year from Easter to the end of September on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm) when the windmill building is open for guided tours and you can visit the Granary. 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 external Windmill site at any time – there is a picnic area with breath taking views across to the Downs and the building can be viewed from the outside. The sunsets here are to die for and it's a fabulous dark sky area for star gazing.
Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead and pick up any mess before you leave.
Wilton Windmill is in the middle of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is a tranquil and stunning unspoilt landscape of rolling chalk downland, forests, woods and dales. With so much space and so few people, you could be forgiven for thinking you are the only ones on the downs!
It is within walking distance of the Kennet & Avon Canal, Wilton Water and Crofton Beam Engines and is surrounded by pretty villages such as Wilton, Great Bedwyn and Shalbourne - all of which have pubs. Just down the lane from the Windmill is The Swan Inn which is child and dog friendly, serves great food and local beers and has a garden and parking.
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. You can also get involved by volunteering or becoming a member.
While you are here, do make the most of the surrounding area too... click on the Visit Pewsey Vale website to discover ideas for walking and cycling in this beautiful and unique part of the world. We look forward to seeing you and hope that you enjoy your visit!
So how does the mill work?
If you live too far away from Wilton Windmill and can't get here to see it for yourself and enjoy a guided tour, then please use our marvellous cutaway diagram of the windmill, showing the different floors and explaining what happens inside this beautiful building.
We know it's not quite the same as having a guided tour, but until you can get here in person it will help you to understand how clever the Victorians were! Just click on the small image to open a full size version that explains how everything still works to this day!
- Win a fabulous North Wessex Downs prize! 22nd April 2021
- Antique Winnower now on show 1st January 2021
- The Granary is completed 28th February 2019
- The return of the Windmill’s sails 15th March 2017
- Sails at the Millwrights 30th October 2016
- Restoration of the Windmill’s sails begins 25th October 2016
- David Nicholls – Personal Memories of Wilton Windmill’s Restoration 28th January 2016
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 17th April 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 24th April 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 1st May 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 8th May 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 15th May 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 22nd May 2022 2:00 pm
- Sundays – Guided Tours of the Windmill on 29th May 2022 2:00 pm