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.

The mill is now closed until May 2024


Open Days in 2023

After several years of disrupted seasons, we were fortunate to be able to have a full Open Day season in 2023:

Event Date Opening Times Number of Visitors
National Mills Day 14 May 12 noon – 5pm 98
Open Day 4 June 12 noon – 5pm 127
Open Day 2 July 12 noon – 5pm 120
Open Day 6 August 12 noon – 5pm 193
Open Day 3 September 12 noon – 5pm 144
London Open House Day 17 September 12 noon – 5pm 114
Open Day 1 October 12 noon – 5pm 137
       

The total number of visitors to the mill in 2023, including a few group visits, was a very gratifying 1,017.

Please visit this page from time to time to check our planned dates and times for Open Days in 2024.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the mill!

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.

Accessibility

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.