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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 or early 19th century and was worked until the First World War when it fell into disrepair. It was given to the state in 1937 and has seen several periods of conservation since.
A small visitor centre is located inside the Millers house.
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.
Disabled access is not possible within the windmill. This is a group of traditional buildings on a sloping site with changes of level. Wheelchair users can gain access to the exhibition but may find this difficult. Some parts of the complex are inaccessible for wheelchairs.
For information on special access guided tours please visit -
See the sails moving - Special date: 18 August 2019:
Sails will be released to turn from 11am - 4pm (wind permitting).
Exterior tours will be available on this date, however, there will be no access to the upper floors of the tower.