Skidby Windmill & East Riding Rural Life


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The exterior of Skidby windmill, in East Yorkshire

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A four-sailed tower mill built in 1821 by Norman and Smithson of Hull. The adjacent warehouses form the Museum of East Riding Rural Life, with displays illustrating the agricultural and rural history of the area, and including a range of simple child-friendly interactive exhibits. Children's trails and information sheets are available free from the mill reception, and there are hand-held information sheets in both galleries and in the mill tower.

The Museum of East Riding Rural Life at Skidby Mill mainly collects objects relating to rural and agricultural heritage of the East Riding, including:

Farming and milling collections.
Photographs and objects relating to East Riding rural and village life.
Oral reminiscences relating to East Riding rural life.
In addition it has two specialist collections:
Alex West collection of market gardening and agricultural implements.
Norman Creaser collection of agricultural implements and models.

The mill is set in over an acre of land, commanding magnificent views over the Wolds. The courtyard contains various exhibits including a blacksmith's forge, and the cafe.At the side of the mill is a sheltered garden picnic area, Wildlife Garden and pond. The adjacent field is being developed as a natural history area and open play space for children.'Explorasacks' - small backpacks containing materials and equipment to use for exploring the garden and field - are available from the reception in exchange for a £5 returnable deposit.

Parking is available in the mill car park, about 80m below the mill, or in the dead-end Mill Road opposite the mill entrance (vehicles are excluded from the courtyard for health and safety reasons).

Accredited museum, museums, libraries and archives council.

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Guide Prices

Adults: £2.50
Children (Under 5): Free
Children (Aged 5+): £1.25
Concessions: £1.50



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member



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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      By Road:
      Skidby Mill is located at Skidby, Cottingham, HU16 5TF, four miles south of Beverley. Follow the brown signs off the A164. From the A164 turn towards Skidby at the roundabout, then turn left off Main Street before entering the village itself. The mill is about half a mile down here on the right.

      Free car parking is available 100m from the Mill. Vehicles are excluded from the courtyard itself for health and safety reasons.

      By Public Transport:
      Taxis available at station. Buses between Skidby and Cottingham are infrequent. If walking, leave station turn right, then right at traffic lights, then left at mini-roundaobut, right at next mini-roundabout.

      The nearest railway station is Cottingham, which is 4 miles away.

      Beverley Road, Skidby, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 5TR
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      Tel01482 848405


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      Opening Times

      * All groups, activities and events are cancelled until 30th of June 2020. Due to Covid 19.

      Open Saturday to Tuesday from 10:00 until 17:00.

      Last entry time for visitors is at 16:15.

      Closed for lunch between 12:30 and 13:00

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