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 September 2021.
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.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 all public open days and events have been cancelled in line with official Covid-19 regulations and because the restricted space inside the windmill makes it impossible to ensure compliance with government guidance on social distancing and practical arrangements inside the building. After the end of legal restrictions in July 2021 the continuing high infection rate meant it would still not be safe to relax the arrangements, but we have decided to open the mill for visitors between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday afternoons in October 2021. In order to keep everyone safe we request that all visitors wear a face mask.
*Mill shop still open for flour sales in 2021!* 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.
For current information see the mill's website: https://www.holgatewindmill.or...
In 2020 the mill was due to celebrate its 250th anniversary (built in 1770). Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the planned series of special events was postponed.
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Children welcome
- Currently closed
- Dogs Accepted
- Gift shop
- Guided tours for individuals
- Smoking not allowed
- Groups welcome