Visiting Shirley Windmill

Shirley Windmill is located in Postmill Close, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5DY, about 2 miles from East Croydon station.
For maps and travel information, please see our finding us page.

Open Days in 2018

The mill is now closed for the rest of the year.
We had a very successful season in 2018, and the numbers of visitors were as follows:

Event Date Opening Times Number of Visitors
National Mills Day 13 May 12 noon – 5pm 152
Open Day 3 June 12 noon – 5pm 111
Open Day 1 July 12 noon – 5pm 92
Open Day 5 August 12 noon – 5pm 176
Open Day 2 September 12 noon – 5pm 140
London Open House Day 23 September 12 noon – 5pm 134
Open Day 7 October 12 noon – 5pm 140

Including several special groups who came to the mill, the total number of visitors during the year was 1052.

Open Days in 2019

We hope to have a similar pattern of Open Days as those in 2018, opening first on National Mills Day in May, and then on the first Sunday of the month from June to October. We also hope to open on London Open House Day in September.

Please visit this website again in the New Year to check dates and times of our Open Days in 2019.
We look forward to welcoming you to the mill.

The last guided tour of the day starts at 4pm — visitors are advised to come early to avoid disappointment!

From time to time, special events for visitors to enjoy are arranged by The Friends of Shirley Windmill.
They are also pleased to arrange group visits to the mill for those who are unable to attend on normal Open Days.

Guided tours

Visitors to the mill are given a full guided tour covering the history, operation and principal features of Shirley Windmill. The tour takes between 45–60 minutes to complete, though this can vary, depending largely on the agility of the group — and the number of questions they fire at their guide!

After the tour, visitors can relax and enjoy their refreshments from our Visitor Centre in convivial surroundings on our little “village green” around the mill.


There are steep stairs to climb in the mill, so visitors must be able to manage these without undue difficulty, though there is plenty to see on the Ground Floor too, for those unable to climb stairs. “Sensible” shoes are best, and long skirts are not recommended.

Admission charges

There is no charge for visitors, though donations to help with the Friends’ expenses are welcome.