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Winchester City Mill

Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0EJ, England
+44 1962 870057
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Winchester
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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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Watford, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The mill was very interesting the staff very informative and only too willing to answer questions and provide information. Was a bit sad to miss the otters but well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Certainly this mill is still producing its own flour and selling it locally, since 1.086 AD. How come it does still work, it is all explained in the this place. How "Bloody Mary" saved it? Who was the famous painter that immortalized the mill in his canvas? How does it work? How fast is it, compared to modern factories? Any... More

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The City Mill is really nothing more than a gift shop and a room with a few display panels. Whilst it is commendable that such a fine ancient building has been preserved it does seem that it serves no particular purpose. If you are a National Trust member then admission is free but I cannot see why anyone would want... More

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Relations M, Manager at Winchester City Mill, responded to this review

Dear MYDOGISFINN, I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your recent visit to Winchester City Mill. From reading your review I think that you must have missed a lot of what we actually do here. The City Mill is a proper, restored working watermill, all of our machinery turns on a daily basis and we produce 20 tonnes... More

Southampton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit, but as National Trust members it was free for us to enter. The mill itself is old and quite fascinating and the outside is beautiful . Otters live there and are captured on camera. A nice place to go with small children if they wish to learn about milling, but not an all... More

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Halstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited this attraction on a stay in Winchester.we had a bread and bake weekend and the children were having a ball.A very interesting attraction and the mill wheel was being driven by a fantastic fast flowing stream. Great shop with a great range of reasonably priced goods.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great for history of mill, flour and baking in Winchester not so great for those with walking difficulties as many stairs

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fascinating place to visit.Very helpful volunteers explain the working mill.Superb restoration by the National trust.

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Alton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We've been 3 or so times now. Perfect if you are NT members as you can just pop in and have a look round. Today they had the wheel in operation and were baking bread to try from the milled flour. As you'd expect, NT make the whole experience a bit more fun with enthusiastic volunteers, demo's and informative hands... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Tucked away but very interesting. Very helpful staff talk you through the mill and great to see history being preserved. There is a great coffee and cake shop opposite as well. Great city.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had a bit of time to spare so went to the City Mill after a local had recommended it. Well worth a visit. Allow about an hour and handy to the centre of town. Fascinating watching the mill working. Very good displays, friendly staff and very good gift shop too.

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