You'll have a real time travelling experience when you visit Bembridge Windmill, the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Fully restored after being given to the National Trust in 1961, it's so pretty it even inspired Turner to paint a watercolour when he visited the island in 1795.

Are you thinking of visiting all the National Trust sites on the Island during your stay? The National Trust Isle of Wight Explorer Pass could be just what you're looking for!

This unique pass offers a minimum of 25% discount on the combined gate prices and covers entry and car parking across all National Trust sites on the Island for up to seven days so visit as many times as you like.

To choose the Explorer Pass click the 'Buy Explorer Pass tickets' tab below. Please bear in mind that Bembridge Windmill is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, this little gem is a Grade 1 listed building and one of the Island's most iconic images. Built around 1700, the walls are thick and strong - over a metre thick at the base and tapering upwards for 11 metres, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact.

When you walk into the windmill it feels like the miller has just popped out to stretch his legs. He’s even left his smock hanging up in the room. The mill still has most of its original machinery intact and you can climb up the steep stairs to the top and follow the milling process back down its four floors. The views from the little window at the top are stunning. See the Great Brake Wheel in the top room that was turned by the sails outside - this enormous cog with an iron band around it operated the mill.

Next floor down is the Stone Floor, where the millstones ground the grain into flour or meal. Each stone weighs half a ton and the way that the floor slopes inwards towards the central Main Shaft will make you feel quite uneasy!

One more floor down is the Machine Floor with the enormous Main Shaft in the centre of the room, turned by the Great Spur Wheel by the ceiling. Look up and you can see right to the top of the windmill.

Last used just before WWI, and then turned into a barn. During WWII the tower was used for observation by ‘Dad’s Army’ the Home Guard, but the only damage it had during the war was when one pair of sails was struck by lightning and lost.

Opening times

  • open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 10:30 – 17:00 (or dusk whichever is soonest) until 2nd October

Last admission

  • 30 minutes before closing time. However it will close at dusk if this is earlier.


  • free parking at roadside lay-by (not National Trust) 100 yards away


  • drop off point at the windmill but car must be returned to lay-by
  • 2 steps to the entrance kiosk
  • access to different floors is by means of steep ladder steps and narrow doorways
  • Braille guide
  • sensory experience


  • children under 5 years of age are free of charge
  • children's seasonal trail or activities


  • climb the tower, learn how the mill worked and look out for the secret millers


  • surrounded by countryside with walking trails and seasonal nature trails


  • souvenirs and second-hand books available in the entrance kiosk

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Bembridge Windmill Address: High Street, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5SQ

Bembridge Windmill was built in the early 1700s when Bembridge was almost an island in its own right, cut off from the rest of the Isle of Wight.

Inspiration for an artist

When the artist JMW Turner visited in 1795 he began a watercolour of the windmill showing the sea lapping at the bottom of the hill on which the mill stands. A copy of this unfinished painting can be seen in the windmill kiosk. 

A vital part of the community

For two centuries the windmill provided a service for the local community and work for generations of millers. Little is known about the millers although in January 1811 the Hampshire Chronicle reported that 'Mr Cook, miller of Bembridge [was] found frozen to death by his own mill'.

Visit the windmill early in the year and you may still find the wind whistling through the mill's windows but it's hard to think that Mr Cook died solely from the cold.

Grinding to a halt

In the 1880s Bembridge's isolation ended when Brading Haven was drained. The arrival of the railway bringing cheap flour meant that from 1897 onwards only cattle feed was produced. Poignantly the mill last operated in 1913. By the following harvest the men had gone off to fight in the Great War and the mill never reopened.

Repairs were made in the 1930s, and then in the late 1950s local people paid for further restoration work before giving the mill to the National Trust in 1961.

As the only surviving windmill on the island, Bembridge Windmill is an important part of the island's heritage.

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Bembridge Windmill standard admission tickets

  • Four floors to explore in this Grade 1 listed building
  • Lovely views from the top across unspoilt countryside
  • Free entry for National Trust members


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Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday only!

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National Trust Isle of Wight Explorer tickets

  • Visit all National Trust sites as often as you like over a 7 consecutive day period
  • Includes any car parking charges at the sites
  • Save on combined gate prices


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