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.
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The Windmill will be open from Wednesday 25th April- Sunday 30th September 2018.
Due to essential maintenance works, Rayleigh Windmill will be closed from 6th- 22nd April, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Exhibitions will take place on the second floor of the Windmill from May 2018.
We are pleased to announce the following local artists:
Wednesday 2 May – Wednesday 30 May
Dave Gilmore – Fur, Feather and Fakes
Saturday 2 June – Wednesday 27 June (joint exhibition)
Maria Hickey – Colours of Sri Lanka
Saturday 2 June – Wednesday 27 June (joint exhibition)
Compass Photography Group
Sunday 1 July – Wednesday 8 August
Saturday 11 August – Wednesday 29 August
David and Qiong Morley
Saturday 1 September – Sunday 30 September
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 26th May
Saturday 16th June
Saturday 23rd June
Saturday 30th June
Saturday 7th July
Saturday 14th July
Saturday 21st July
Saturday 28th July
Sunday 5th August
Saturday 18th August
Saturday 8th September
Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 29th 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.
Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
If you are interested in booking the Rayleigh Windmill for your wedding or civil ceremony, please use the links on the left to find out more. Weddings and Civil Ceremonies (including viewings) at the Rayleigh Windmill can take place all year-round.
For all enquiries about the Rayleigh Windmill, including wedding and civil ceremony bookings, contact:
The Leisure Team at Rochford District Council 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 five minutes walk away from the High Street. 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 sensory 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.
Rayleigh Windmill Volunteer wins Museum Learning award at the British Museum
Trevor Rand, one of the Volunteers at Rayleigh Windmill, has won a Marsh Volunteer Award in the ‘Volunteer for Museum Learning’ category.
The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust announced the winners of the volunteer awards for the year 2016 on Monday 25th September 2017. The awards celebrate the work and achievements of museum volunteers and all winners received a certificate and prizes, which were presented at a ceremony at the British Museum.
The aim of the ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award is to recognise those volunteers who work directly with museum visitors in any capacity. This could involve leading a school group, staffing an information desk, helping with family activities, running a guided tour or any number of other ways in which volunteers provide such excellent service to museum visitors.
There were a large amount of applications from across the UK and Trevor won the award for the South East area. He has volunteered at the Windmill since 2006.
Sophie Elby, Culture Officer at Rochford District Council says: “Trevor has been a volunteer at the Windmill for many years now and we are delighted that he has won this award for all his hard work. Trevor along with all the other volunteers at the Windmill, work tirelessly to make the Windmill an enjoyable place for everyone.”
Cllr Mike Webb, Portfolio Holder for the Community at Rochford District Council says: “This great landmark is a great asset to the district and without the hard work of the volunteers the Windmill would not be what it is today. We thank Trevor and all the Volunteers for their continuous work to help make the Windmill a joyous attraction.”
For more information about Rayleigh Windmill please contact the Leisure Team or follow us on Twitter @rayleigh_mill