Exciting and important changes to your visit
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 early July, 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.
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.
National Trust members: free
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.
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 is also being caught on camera so you can stay up-to-date with the work as it progresses.
The future of Winchester City Mill
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.