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Union Mill

Address: The Hill, Cranbrook TN17 3AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1580 712256
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Cranbrook
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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English first
South East England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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.

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Kent, UK
4 reviews 4 reviews
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.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A very warm welcome awaits you at this attraction. Good information given and superb, friendly guides on each floor. The view from the top is amazing. Do make a point to visit if you are in the area - you won't be disappointed.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This smock windmill is in excellent working condition. We visited with our two young children, and the staff on every level of the mill made a great effort to explain and demonstrate how the mill worked, through the use of models ,exhibits and the actual milling mechanisms there. The kids were fascinated, enjoyed grinding their own flour which they got... More

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

There is no parking at the mill but nearby there is a free car park. There is a hill to walk up to it. It is free to go in but donations are welcome. This is a very interesting Smock mill that is owned by kent council. We were made very welcome by the staff and on every floor of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Steep hill to get to windmill, also only opens in April, but no charge to get in, contributions to the windmill are welcome

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

There are seven floors packed with information and milling equipment. It is the tallest Mill in the UK and having been lovingly restored by the Volunteer Trust that runs it it is still a working Mill. The stoneground flour is available for sale at the entrance level where other information and goods can be bought. Visitors are only asked for... More

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