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“Cramped but sweet”
Review of Holgate Windmill

Holgate Windmill
Ranked #49 of 202 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Cramped but sweet”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Was lovely to see local history in action and get a chance to see it working. A big queue as it's not open to the public very much and there isn't much space or easy access up to the top but great views and interesting to see flour being made then being able to take some home.

Visited September 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Interesting local feature”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This windmill has been renovated in the last decade by local volunteers, having stood derelict for many years. The volunteers now show you round, with a fascinating insight into the history of the building and the area, as well as talking you through the renovation.
It's not a destination place, but if you're in the area, stop in for a half hour, look round, climb to the top for the view and then buy some flour.
It's really easily combined with a visit to the nearby Cold War Bunker.

Visited April 2014
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York, UK
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“Slightly off the tourist trail but worth a visit”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We live very close to Holgate Windmill and have visited on several occasions. The volunteer staff are really helpful and informative. Good views from the windows of York Minster.

Visited July 2014
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“Marvellous place”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The volunteers who have got the old mill back into a working mill deserve a medal. Well worth visiting and also well worth buying some of the mill's own flour. Don't miss when in York

Visited June 2014
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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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“A more than run of the mill attraction!”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

I had the pleasure of accompanying a party of local historians to the Holgate Windmill last week.
Quaintly sited on a traffic roundabout, in the middle of a housing estate a few minutes from the centre of the City of York, this is a beautifully restored example of 18th and 19th century technology.
It is still a working mill, and produces proper stoneground flour, using much of the original machinery. There is access, via steep stairways (trousers are recommended for all visitors irrespective of gender!) to most of the building, which is staffed by pleasant, enthusiastic and well informed volunteers. As well as the technology of flour milling, there is also a lot of background to the original owners of the mill, and their successors, and the land surrounding it.
I can't remember a visit to a more interesting attraction! An added bonus is the panorama of views from the upper floors, all the way from the City to the Hambleton Hills and the Kilburn White Horse (Weather permitting).
Unobtrusive but thoughtfully stocked gift shop area, with reasonable prices. A quiet alternative to the commercial hurly-burly of the commercial centre of York A fascinating and painless way of learning a lot of history in a short time!

Visited June 2014
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