Exciting and important changes to your visit

Welcome to Winchester City Mill, Hampshire, gateway to the South Downs

Last February, we embarked on a fundraising appeal to raise money to save this much-loved watermill after it endured significant flood damage. Thanks to the generous support of our visitors and local community, we have raised over £90,000.

Until late September, we’re making the vital repairs to the building’s supporting structure to ensure its future. Although the far end of the building isn’t accessible, there’s a rare opportunity to watch the conservation work from our viewing platform. The waterwheel, millrace and island garden can still be enjoyed, and the Mill shop and the South Downs Gateway remain open as usual.

The centuries-old joists have been exposed to reveal great damage and a view to the acrow props and basement below
The centuries-old joists have been exposed to reveal great damage and a view to the basement below at Winchester City Mill, National Trust
The centuries-old joists have been exposed to reveal great damage and a view to the acrow props and basement below

We’re making lasting repairs to the Mill’s basement, which contains beams dating back to as far as the Norman Conquest. The conservation work needed makes it possible to share this discovery with our visitors.

What you’ll see when you visit

Entry for non-National Trust members is half price while the restoration work takes place.

Adults: £2

Children under 18: £1

National Trust members: free

The millrace and garden are open every day so you can continue to enjoy the thrill of the Mill.

We have now resumed weekend milling demonstrations so come and see how our volunteer millers harness the power of the River Itchen to make our stoneground wholemeal flour. 

The Mill shop and South Downs Gateway are open as usual from 10am – 5pm and last entry to the Mill museum is 4:30pm.

See the conservation in action

Visitors, big and small, can watch Winchester City Mill's restoration work work first-hand.
Visitors, big and little, can watch the urgent restoration project at Winchester City Mill, National Trust
Visitors, big and small, can watch Winchester City Mill's restoration work work first-hand.

Watch from our viewing platform as we strip out partition walls and raise the floor so all the damaged beams can be removed and new sections of oak grafted in alongside the old. The work is also being caught on camera so you can stay up-to-date with the work as it progresses.

Video

Keep up to date with City Mill's restoration project



Take a sneak peek at history being made, and secured for the future, with our time lapse video footage. See into the bowels of the building and watch intricate repairs being made to oak beams that haven’t see the light of day for decades.

Family fun at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire, National Trust

What's on for families 

Although space is limited, we are still taking part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. There will also be a brand new trail for the Easter holiday and May half-term. Check out our What’s On page for further details.

The future of Winchester City Mill

Our restoration project provides a great view through the floor to the millrace below
View of the millrace through the millroom floor at Winchester City Mill, National Trust
Our restoration project provides a great view through the floor to the millrace below

This work gives us a great opportunity to improve the facilities here, with a focus on expanding our education offer. Please continue to support these future projects and buy a £1 National Trust raffle ticket from our designated raffle volunteers or visitor reception.

We hope you can join us as this hidden gem begins a new chapter in its history.