Ballycopeland Windmill is the only remaining working windmill in East Down.

Ballycopeland Windmill is the only remaining windmill in Northern Ireland with its original mechanism still existing.  It was built in the late 18th century and was worked until 1915.  It was given to the state in 1937 and has seen several periods of conservation since.

The Millers Cottage, the kiln and drying floor all still remain in their original positions at the site.  It is also unique as the last remaining windmill in the world that retains the patented Hooper Roller Reefing gear, the system for operating the blinds on the sails on calmer days.  The site has been undergoing major conservation and repair over the past two years and work is ongoing.

The cottage, kiln and drying floor is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 17th September 2017 10am-5pm.  There is a small temporary exhibition in the Kilnman’s house, also on the site and open until 17th September.  The tower is restricted access, by guided tour only, on occasional advertised days.  The next opening of the tower will be Sunday 10th September, during European Heritage Open Days Weekend.

Wheelchair users can gain access to the exhibition but may find this difficult.  Some parts of the complex are inaccessible for wheelchairs.

Opening Times

  • Site open all year - Access to Windmill restricted


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Ballycopeland Windmill Windmill Road Millisle Down BT22 2DS
  • Telephone 028 9082 3207
  • Email
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