Fulwell Windmill

Fulwell Windmill started to appear on the Sunderland skyline in 1806 and became the familiar landmark we know today when it opened in 1808. 200 years on, the Mill is still the famous landmark it was and continues to be one of Sunderland’s most treasured heritage sites.

The windmill is listed as a Grade II building due to its special architecture and provides a historic interest to the region.

The Mill was constructed with magnesian limestone from the adjacent quarry when it was built for Joseph Swan and his family who continued to operate as a traditional Mill until the beginning of the 20th century. Contemporary accounts show that it would have cost Joseph Swan £900 to build the windmill at that time.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

See website

Admission charges

Adults £2.00
Concession £1.00
Children under 5 - Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Collection details

Agriculture, Industry

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Video Tour and Virtual Reality Tour


We can now offer the option to visitors of being given a guided tour of the windmill, or they can wath a video tour from the ground floor. They can also access a virtual reality tour choosing their own sites to visit and collection in formation about the working of the windmill as they go.


  • Heritage Media UK

Fulwell Windmill
Newcastle Road
Tyne and Wear






0191 516 9790


0191 548 7974

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