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Winchester City Mill

Address: Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0EJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1962 870057
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Ranked #6 of 34 Attractions in Winchester
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Winchester City Mill is a working watermill dating back to at least Saxon times; now fully restored...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The Mill has been beautifully restored and is fascinating. The gift shop is also one of the most attractive I've seen. Being in the heart of the city, there are plenty of places to eat and drink after your visit too.

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Fareham
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Actually did a photographic course here. But had a chance to look round this interesting working Mill. They also produce their own flour. Not what you'd expect in Winchester but Winchester does have a lot to offer. There is so much to see it's well worth a day out at the Mill and Winchester.

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Chessington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

What struck me most was the thunder of the River Itchen as it is funnelled into the mill race quite astounding with the high winter flows (but not so high as last year). Getting right up close to the wheel was great and seeing the recordings of the otter visits too (wrong time of day for an actual sighting though... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Really interesting place, nice garden and friendly staff. To be able to go down and see the mill wheels in action was amazing and caught a glimpse of visiting otter

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We liked the descriptive video of the mill and especially the camera footage of otter activity in the mill.The best part though is when you go down to look at the water wheel and see and hear the power of the water. we bought some flour so looking forward to making a loaf with it.

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Lovely little National Trust property where you can look around a working mill and buy some good flour. We also picked up some useful recipe cards. There is a picturesque garden with all sorts of flora and fauna. Guides are very helpful and the NT shop is well stocked.

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75 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We were visiting Winchester for the Christmas Markets and whilst in the area we thought we'd make the most of our time by popping into the mill as we are National Trust members. From the outside, the mill is very picturesque. However, inside there are only a couple of rooms to explore so the visit is very short for the... More 

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East Grinstead, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A visit here could take 10 mins if you just have a brief look and don't take the time to read all the info so worth a visit for Nat Trust members as free but could be expensive for families if not. Would say 30 mins maximum time if no special demonstrations. Volunteers are passionate about the mill so interaction... More 

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winchester
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We are locals, and this is the site I like to pop back into regularly. Very interesting old mill, with fully working reconstructed nechanism. You can see the milling working at popular times (eg summer weekends), and you can always see the mechanism. You can even buy flour milled there. Very cool in summer with the river running right through... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

As members of the N.T. we always try to find new place to visit, and spending time in Winchester this was just up our street. A lovely working mill, just a shame our visit didn't tie in with a demonstration. The history of the restoration was well worth viewing and a very nice place for children to learn about our... More 

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