Holgate Windmill is a fully restored and working 18th-century corn mill about 1.5 miles (2km) west of York city centre. Visitors can explore four floors & when wind permits see the sails turning and operating the machinery inside the building. Access to all floors is by fixed ladders with handrails. Stoneground wholemeal and spelt flour milled here is available for sale.
Information updated January 2022.
Open days. The mill is normally open to the public regularly from May to October; also on some bank holidays and a few other dates.
From the start of the pandemic in March 2020 all public open days and events were cancelled because the restricted space inside the windmill made it impossible to open the building safely for visitors.
After the end of legal restrictions we opened the mill on a trial basis in October 2021, and we have drawn up a programme of open days and events for the 2022 season. Numbers inside the mill are limited, and visitors are still asked to wear face masks and follow guidance on social distancing.
The first open weekend is on Sat-Sun 29-30 January, part of the York Residents’ Festival.
Mill shop. The mill has maintained its original purpose throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by milling grain to produce flour for the local community, and substantially increased production in 2020 to meet heavy demand. The shop on the ground floor remains open every Saturday morning throughout the year between 10am and 12 noon for the sale of flour and other items.
In 2020 the mill (dating from
1770) was due to celebrate its 250th anniversary. The pandemic meant that a
planned series of special events was postponed, but some of them are included
in the 2022 programme.
For current information see the mill's website.
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Children welcome
- Currently closed
- Dogs Accepted
- Gift shop
- Guided tours for individuals
- Smoking not allowed
- Groups welcome