Conservation in action - what you'll see when you 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. We can now begin making the vital repairs to the building’s supporting structure to ensure the future of Winchester City Mill.

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.

The work is taking place between March and May, but please check our website before you visit.

Emergency propping has been temporarily installed in the basement space
The basement spaces at Winchester City Mill post flood damage
Emergency propping has been temporarily installed in the basement space

See the conservation in action

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 will also be caught on camera so you can stay up-to-date with the work as it progresses.

What you’ll see when you visit

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

There are no milling demonstrations until the work is finished but we have plenty of our wholemeal stoneground flour available to buy in the shop. 

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

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

This work gives us a great opportunity to improve the facilities here, with the addition of a tearoom, toilets and education space within the next year. 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.