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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 tower is restricted access, by guided tour only, on occasional advertised days. The tower will open as part of the European Heritage Open Days Weekend in September.
Wheelchair users can gain access to the exhibition but may find this difficult. Some parts of the complex are inaccessible for wheelchairs.