The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning tourist and educational attraction, and popular venue for Weddings and other celebrations. It contains a museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Visit England has accredited the Rayleigh Windmill as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction. Visit England is a national body that assesses visitor attractions throughout the country.
The Windmill hosts various exhibitions throughout the season on the 2nd floor. To find out more about the exhibitions lined up this season, download the flyer in the Related Content section.
Heritage Open Days
We are taking part in Heritage Open Days on Sundays 15 and 22 September: every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. We will have a presentation on preservation of museum artefacts on Sunday 15 and a presentation about the Rayleigh Windmill on Sunday 22 September – for more details see link in the Related Content section!
The Windmill will be open from Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - Sunday 29th September 2019.
Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 1:00 - 4:00pm
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00pm
Entry is free of charge, a minimum £1 donation per person is encouraged.
Please note, parking in the Mill Hall Car Park is FREE on Saturdays from 1pm and on Sundays all day.
Saturday 25 May
Sunday 26 May
Saturday 1 June
Saturday 15 June
Saturday 22 June
Saturday 29 June
Saturday 6 July
Saturday 20 July
Sunday 28 July
Saturday 24 August
Saturday 7 September
Saturday 14 September
Saturday 21 September
Please check before visiting as these dates are subject to change and opening times may vary.
School and Group Visits
We welcome school and group visits and group leaders can download a Group Visit Heritage Guide and booking form in the Related Content section.
School or group visits may be booked during the winter months but are subject to volunteer availability.
For all enquiries about visits to the Windmill, contact our Leisure & Cultural Services Team on 01702 318120 or via email using this form
Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
If you are interested in booking the Rayleigh Windmill for your wedding or civil ceremony, please see Related Content to find out more. Weddings and Civil Ceremonies (including viewings) at the Rayleigh Windmill can take place all year-round.
For all enquiries about wedding and civil ceremony bookings, contact our dedicated wedding co-ordinator on 01702 318120 or via email using this form
How to get there
Essex SS6 7ED
The Windmill is situated within the town centre of Rayleigh, just off of the High Street. This is a pedestrian area with a car park in front.
Car: From the A127 take the A129, which will take you straight to Rayleigh High Street.
Train: Rayleigh has a railway station that is only half a mile away. A mainline service runs between Southend and London.
Bus: There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the Windmill, which is in the centre of the High Street and is serviced by most buses.
The Windmill is a historical, Grade II listed building and so unfortunately parts of it cannot be accessed by wheelchair users. However, the ground floor of the building and the garden are both accessible by ramp. Furthermore, a TV screen installed on the ground floor, and cameras on each level of this six-storey building, allow disabled visitors to see the upper areas of the interior and the stunning view outside the Windmill.
The Windmill has its own public car park in Bellingham Lane.
The Windmill does not have its own toilet facilities, however the nearest toilets, including disabled toilet and baby changing facilities, can be found in The Mill Arts & Events Centre which is situated next door to the Windmill.
Nearby related sites
This Motte and bailey mound is what remains of the Domesday castle erected by Sweyn of Essex, dating from the period following the Norman invasion of 1066. History display boards are located within the adjacent Windmill.
The Dutch Cottage
This Grade II listed, octagonal building on Crown Hill is thought to date from the 18th century. It takes its name from the association of this type of house with the 17th century Dutch immigrants who constructed many of the sea walls of the south Essex coast. For those who would like a tour inside the Dutch Cottage it is open by appointment with the owner on Wednesday afternoons.
For more information about Rayleigh Windmill please contact the Leisure Team using this form or follow us on Twitter @rayleigh_mill