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Address: The Hill, Cranbrook TN17 3AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1580 712256
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Union Mill is a Grade I listed smock mill in Cranbrook, Kent, England which...

Union Mill is a Grade I listed smock mill in Cranbrook, Kent, England which has been restored to working order. It is the tallest smock mill in the UK.

Standing at the highest point overlooking the historic Wealden town of Cranbrook and maintained in working order, this Grade 1 Listed Building is the tallest surviving "smock mill" in the British Isles. Managed by Volunteers of the Cranbrook Windmill Association, the windmill is open at regular times from the end of March to the end of September each year. Educational and other Group Visits are welcome throughout the year.

Whenever there is sufficient wind, wheat is ground and, subject to availability, the Stoneground Wholemeal Flour can be purchased from the mill shop on open days.

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Must do Windmill visit... But great to photograph if mill not open

Probably the biggest and the best Windmill in Kent, and with very pleasant knowledgeable volunteer staff. Only open in summer, so check website but it photographs well as it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Probably the biggest and the best Windmill in Kent, and with very pleasant knowledgeable volunteer staff. Only open in summer, so check website but it photographs well as it stands above a very typical English country town-sized village. High street and church are good to visit as well. Although I knew of the windmill in distant memory it was only... More 

Thank davidmgeer
Hampshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. All the volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and obviously very passionate about preserving the windmill and it's history. The mill still produces flour when possible. Great to learn that some of today's expressions come from milling. Entry is free but a donation is welcomed. There is a video to watch which is very informative - good... More 

Thank MrsP
Lucca, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This working windmill is situated above the beautiful small town of Cranbrook, where it seems that everyone has had an injection of pleasantness. The mill is open each Saturday afternoon and is free to go in. On each level as you climb to the top, are well informed volunteer guides who make every effort to make your visit memorable. On... More 

Thank David B
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A well preserved windmill that over looks Cranbrook. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. However as it's not open all the time I would recommend checking the opening times

Thank cecilpuffin
Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The union mill is quite amazing, completely run by volunteers who do a wonderful job explaining the workings of this fascinating windmill. Would definitely recommend a visit but check for open times to avoid disappointment

Thank BeautifulBective
South East England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

an amazing mill that dominates the town - looks awesome at night when it is lit up. You can see it from everywhere.

Thank Millah A
Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A great building, staffed by passionate volunteers. If you're not sure if you like windmills, visit, and you will by the end.

Thank ClaphamBoyWonder
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This would be a striking and fascinating attraction to visit on it's own, but the enthusiasm, and friendliness of the volunteers, plus their encyclopedic knowledge, make a trip really stand out - They can't help enough, and take great pleasure from passing on that knowledge to visitors. There is also a wealth of historical material on each level, so there... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were recommended a visit here by a local. It's only open for limited hours with enthusiastic volunteers who provide an excellent experience in return for a donation. I would certainly endorse the recommendation. We learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a real highlight of the area. The tour guide (Terry) was interesting and enthusiastic. A beautiful building with lots of history. We only popped in for quick look around but ended up staying for over an hour and would have stayed for longer if we would have had more time.

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