Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9ER
This is quite possibly the smallest NT property in the UK and it’s not open very often but they have extended the opening times and days this year. You can now visit on Sundays from May to August and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10-4.
There isn’t a huge amount to do here but it is fascinating. You get a guided tour around all parts of the windmill. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and even kept middle child engaged despite his age (we visited last year so he was 5). I think we were looking around for about an hour all in. If you want to stretch the time out then there is a park and playground in the village, and a couple of pubs. It’s very close to Ivinghoe beacon and all the paths around so you could also get a family walk in. Have a look at the National Trust website as they have some circular walks you can do.
It’s well worth a visit to find out about this fascinating, unique place.
Access is across a field so it’s quite bumpy for pushchairs but it is possible. I don’t think it would be of much interest to quite young children (younger than 5 really). This site is not wheelchair accessible at all, purely due to the nature of the location and type of building.
Entry – Free for members. £7.50 for a family ticket for non-members.
Parking – Free but it is rubbish. Essentially it’s a large lay-by and it does get busy when the Windmill is open. You could park in the village and walk though.
Toilets – none on site
Food – none on site but they sometimes do cream teas in the church and there is a pub in the village as well.
Rating – 4 / 5 Small but unique.