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Brixton Windmill

© Owen Llewellyn
Brixton Free
Built in 1816 and in service until 1934, Brixton Windmill reopened to the public in 2011, after undergoing a £600,000 restoration, and has recently been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence. The Windmill holds open days throughout the year. Visitors are reminded that, as a former industrial building, there are potential dangers to visiting the site, including steep ladders, low beams and heavy machinery. It's also a small space, so the number of visitors at any one time is restricted. Children are welcome but because of the steep ladders, they are not allowed to go above the first floor if they are less than 1.2 metres tall (kids must be able to climb the stairs by themselves). On open days there are short tours of the building, which don't require booking, and longer tours with access to the upper floors, which must be booked in advance (booking@brixtonwindmill.org.uk).
Venue name: Brixton Windmill
Contact:
Address: Windmill Gardens
West end of Blenheim Gardens
London
SW2 5EU
Opening hours: 2013 open days and tours include: Mar 30, 31, Apr 13, 14, May 6, 11, 12, Jun 8, 9, 22, 23, Jul 13, 14, Jul 27-Aug 4, Aug 10, 11, 25, Sep 14, 15, 22, Oct 5, 12, 13
Transport: Tube: Brixton

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