Holgate Windmill, York

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  • August 19, 2017
    I've just visited the windmill for the first time with my youngest child and we're both pleased we did. It was fascinating! The volunteers were very knowledgeable and interesting. We both learnt lots ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    We drove to see this as saw it from the city walls and were interested to see it up close. You can park for free as it's within a residential estate. We were greeted by a lovely lady called Rosie who ...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Holgate windmill is a must visit to see a little bit of history. A working windmill less than a mile from the centre of York it still mills small quantities of flour using original mill stones. The st...  more »
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  • First windmill I've ever been too. So interesting to see how it works + used to work. It's so cute! Flour is still ground there every once in a while and unfortunately working a windmill is becoming somewhat of a lost art. The volunteers there were so knowledgable and passionate in saving this piece of history. I hope places like these stay preserved.
  • These guys have done great work to make this windmill a go to place in York. The minster is impressive but this has been restored by volunteers with love. They staff the place on open days and their knowledge is second to none. Well worth a visit.
  • The woman who was showing us around was very sweet and genuinely excited about the windmill and it's history. It's very cool to go up to the top floor.
  • This beautifully restored windmill is located in the middle of a housing estate (though to be fair, the windmill was there first). The volunteers who staff it are friendly and knowledgeable. You need to be reasonably physically able if you want to climb up the levels inside, but the effort is worth it. As well as being able to view the mechanism in the windmill the views across the City of York are fantastic. Check the website for opening times.
  • It is lovely to see a bit of history working - the Holgate Windmill is no exception. Formally surrounded by small holdings, it is now perched on Holgate Hill surrounded by semi-detached houses which gives it a surreal backdrop but to watch the sails going round and to know it is still producing flour is somewhat comforting. Go and look! The is a fee at the door to help towards the upkeep but for price of a pint, go and be nosey!!

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