Guided windmill tour

In our backyard we have Britain’s first Megawatt class windmill, and what’s more it’s open to the public to climb – the only windmill in the World that is. It’s a truly unique experience.

You climb, or rather walk up the 300 step spiral staircase, inside the tower to the very top – to reach the glass encased viewing platform designed for us by the famous architect Sir Norman Foster. Once there you’ll get to experience Wind Energy in a totally different way, from the heart of the machine. And enjoy the panoramic views of the Norfolk countryside.

Guided windmill tour times

1 September – 31 July
Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm
Windmill tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

1 August – 31 August
Monday – Sunday
Windmill tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Extra tours may be added at peak times.

Tours are really popular so we recommend that you book yours in advance. Each tour lasts 40 minutes to an hour on average.


To climb the turbine you have to be:

  • 7 years old or above
  • 4ft tall (120cm) or above
  • Accompanied by a responsible adult if you're under 16
  • Wearing suitable clothing and footwear – no flip flops or strapless shoes

Call 01760 726100 or email us to book your tour. Click here for prices.

The 'feet on the ground' guided windmill tour

This is perfect if you or your group have people with limited mobility and children under seven or less than 120cm in height. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a talk from our windmill expert and the opportunity to ask questions. Learn how the windmill works, when it was built and how much energy it generates. Then pop inside for a quick look around.

Please call us in advance on 01760 726100 or email us if you'd like to book a windmill visit. Click here for prices.

Health and safety stuff

The windmill tour may not be suitable for everyone, especially people with heart conditions or pace makers, acute asthma, vertigo or claustrophobia. If you’ve had a heart condition or heart surgery in the last 5 years, it may be beneficial to consult your doctor before climbing the turbine. It may not be safe for you to climb the turbine if you suffer from high or low blood pressure that’s not being controlled by medication. If you’re pregnant, or have a condition that affects your ability to climb a lot of steps, please talk to a member of staff before booking your windmill tour, as a 'feet on the ground' tour may be more suitable for you. We won’t be able to take you on the turbine tour if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Tours may be suspended during extreme weather conditions. We reserve the right to restrict access to the turbine if we feel that your health, safety or comfort may be compromised when you arrive at the centre.


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