Wilton Windmill is run entirely by volunteers and, because social distancing cannot be maintained as the building is too narrow, we adopted a flexible approach to the opening of the windmill to the public in 2021.
The grounds of the windmill continue to be open to the public to enjoy on any day of the week as it always is (Covid restrictions permitting) - the views are well worth a visit.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and picnics - there are tables in the grounds for you to use.
During the summer, a number of volunteers were occasionally on hand (on an un-booked, ad-hoc basis on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 2pm and 5pm) to provide information and open the granary and mill for self-guided tours by individuals within the same household or bubble.
The windmill will be open more formally in the 2022 season starting at Easter.
2021 is the Windmill's 200th anniversary and hopefully this wonderful milestone will be celebrated in some way in 2022 instead.
Have a look on the Visit Pewsey Vale website for ideas for walking and cycling in this part of the world.
We look forward to seeing you!
During 2021 and our closed season during the winter when you are unable to have 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 it will help you to understand how clever the Victorians were!
Just click on the image opposite to access a full size version.
Wilton Windmill is open for guided tours and refreshments on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter Saturday through to the end of September, from 2pm to 5pm.
The site is open all year round and is a perfect spot for a picnic or just some peaceful contemplation whilst admiring the views.
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, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour.
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 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 Windmill site 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.
Wilton Windmill is in the middle of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is a tranquil and stunning 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.
We hope you enjoy your visit!
- 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
- Sorry, no events are currently scheduled.