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Winchester City Mill

Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0EJ, England
+44 1962 870057
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Ranked #8 of 32 Attractions in Winchester
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Winchester City Mill is a working watermill dating back to at least Saxon times; now fully restored by the National Trust, the City Mill is probably... more » Owner description: Winchester City Mill is a working watermill dating back to at least Saxon times; now fully restored by the National Trust, the City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the UK. Inside visitors can discover more about the mill’s long and fascinating history as well as see the mill in action and learn how we produce traditional stone-ground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen. Our team of volunteer millers provide flour milling demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesdays during the summer months. The City Mill is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including kingfishers, grey wagtails, wild trout, water voles and even otters which can be viewed from our on-site observation cameras. « less
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Anyone interested in mills, otters or just the historic life of Winchester will find this an interesting quick stop. The National Trust have renovated the old mill to be a working water mill, where you can even pick up a bag of stone ground flour. Make sure you check out the videos of the otters, who visit the mill most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Beautifully preserved mill, friendly and interesting volunteers, lovely garden and the mill was milling on the day - cheeky bonus!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is quite a small property that is owned and run by the National Trust. It has been symathetically restored by the trust and is in full working order. It does mill wheat and the flour can be purchased, however although most of the mechanisms are in motion it only mills wheat inermittently. The story of milling on this site... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

a lovely experience and buying just milled four and baking bread when you get home is a wonderful experience. There are many birds to view through the windows, if you are patient. A great visit for Photographers too :)

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a real gem in the bustling ancient city of Winchester. We were treated to a short and personal history lesson in flour grinding and the importance of grain, stones and wheat. A must for any townee and city dweller to learn this ancient and Nobel craft of Milling.

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Having worked in Winchester for three years I'm sorry to say I have paid little heed to the various historical treasures it has. However, we made a start with this working mill. There is a mill video which lasts about 15 minutes and a working model of a mill accompanied by eager volunteer to explain its workings. If you go... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This NT mill may only be small but the NT have made the most of it. You can see them milling flour, otters in the stream, visit the garden and learn about the building.

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This restored water mill is fascinating; to see it working as it did hundreds of years ago is quite something. You can buy the flour, only a few pence more expensive than mass-produced white super market flour. The difference in the bread's taste is remarkable. It's free to NT members but the non-members charge is reasonable.

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Hampshire UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The mill is fairly interesting for a short time. My 8 year old grandchild was fed up after 30 mins. We are national trust members so there was no charge but I wouldn't pay much to go in with young ones

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

well worth the visit even though a small charge. Introductory film was very interesting, and watching the mill race fast flowing water, with the working mill unusual.

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