The museum is run entirely by volunteers so opening times
are normally limited to weekends.
In 2009 the Museum will be open
from Saturday 28th March until Sunday 25th October as follows:
Saturdays 2 pm to 5 pm
Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Public holidays (excluding Good Friday) 11 am to 5 pm
A small charge is made for admission:
The museum is open for Educational and other Group Visits throughout the year by appointment - telephone 020 8947 2825. The charge is only £2 per head with a minimum of £25. Guided tours and direct teaching are provided and Teacher’s Notes are available in advance.
Family Ticket (up to 2 adults and 4 children) £5
How to get there
Wimbledon Windmill is situated at the end of Windmill Road
on Wimbledon Common. By road it is just off the A219, which runs between
Wimbledon and Putney Town Centres. It is close to the A3 (Kingston-by-pass)
which joins up with the A219 at the Tibbetts Corner roundabout. Windmill
Road is about half way between Wimbledon and Putney and the turn off is
marked with a white on brown sign. The postcode is SW19 5NR.
There is free parking space for 300 cars.
By public transport the nearest stations are Wimbledon (District Line,
Tram Link and main line trains) and Putney (main line) or East Putney
(District Line). The stations are each about 11/2 miles from the windmill
and the walk is up-hill but the 93 bus links Wimbledon and Putney town
centres with a stop at Windmill Road.
The 93 bus runs from Putney Bridge Station, via Wimbledon and Morden to
Tramlink runs from Croydon to Wimbledon station with extensions to Beckenham,
Elmers End and New Addington
The Windmill Museum is fortunate in having a large car park
immediately adjoining. There is space for 300 cars so it is only on exceptionally
busy days that there is any problem finding somewhere to park. The car
park will also accommodate coaches for school and group visits.
Adjoining the car park are toilet facilities and the café or Windmill
Tea Room. There is not much to say about the toilets except that by the
entrance to the Windmill there is a special facility for wheelchair users.
This is opened using a RADAR key and if you do not have one a key may
be obtained from the Clerk and Ranger’s office around the corner
(look for the tall radio mast).
The café is run independently from the Windmill
Museum and is open every day from about 10 am to 5 pm.* It has an extensive
menu covering everything from snacks to full meals.
The telephone number for the Windmill Tea Room is 020 8788 2910.
Access to the museum is somewhat limited because this was
a working windmill and windmills were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
However we do our best.
A hard path has been laid from the road to the door of the windmill and
there is a small lay-by so that cars can drop off passengers before entering
the car park.
Access to the first floor is only by means of a staircase and the tower
is only accessible by means of a ladder! On the ground floor there are
the displays of working models, woodworking tools and the video room where
the history and working of windmills is explained.
The Video Room is provided with a loop system for visitors with hearing
Captions and explanations throughout the museum are in large print and
there are spoken commentaries explaining the working of the millstones
and life in the windmill in the 19th century.
Adjoining the windmill is a toilet facility for wheelchair users which
is opened using a RADAR key. If you do not have one a key may be obtained
from the Clerk and Ranger’s office around the corner (look for the
tall radio mast).
Adjoining the Clerk and Ranger’s office is the Information Centre
which is wheelchair friendly, see Information
Because the Commons are kept as natural as possible wheelchair access
can be difficult but if you wish to explore there is a wheelchair
friendly Nature Trail starting near the car park with hard surface
paths and wide bridges forming a circular route. Details, including a
guide booklet, are available from the office.