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Coffin Works

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Excellent trip - thanks Cornelius

Had a fab tour last week with Cornelius - very knowledgable and helped bring the place alive with... read more

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Sammy S
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Best museum I've ever visited

Unlike many museums which have just a few artefacts, the Coffin Works looks like the staff just... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bluestringsoup
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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A Victorian Coffin Fittings factory, restored by Birmingham Conservation Trust and opened as a museum in October 2014. The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery...more
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13-15 Fleet Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP, England
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Reviewed today

Had a fab tour last week with Cornelius - very knowledgable and helped bring the place alive with the many different stories of people who worked there.

Thank Sammy S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Unlike many museums which have just a few artefacts, the Coffin Works looks like the staff just popped out for a break! There's everything from original machinery to boxes full of stock and brown paper wrapped parcels waiting to go - even the former owner's...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours enjoying the 70 minute guided tour in the company of our guide, David, a retired undertaker. The building and contents have been faithfully restored and recreate a wonderful atmosphere. David brought the story to life, and his stories and anecdotes...More

Thank SteveR6926
Reviewed 5 days ago

A trip into the past to see how an old factory worked. A real insight into the old manufacturing past of Birmingham.

Thank Adventure617055
Reviewed 1 week ago

My spouse and I took a guided tour recently. The name is slightly misleading as coffin hardware and coffin linings, not coffins, were the primary products made on the premises. Much of the original machinery, fabric bolts, and sewing machines were still there to see....More

2  Thank AggieREprof
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review we are really glad that you visited and hope that you enjoyed your tour. As a museum we really pride ourselves on the quality of our tours - everyone has their favourite stories but everyone delivers a fantastic visitor experience!

Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprisingly interesting place to visit. I never knew that Victorian loved such elaborate coffin decorations and that such items from Newman Brothers were and are still used on the coffins for royalty! there was a lot to see and learn. Our brilliant tour guide...More

Thank Joy M
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Joy- thanks for your review! The Victorians were a bit obsessed with any way of showing off social status, so elaborate coffins were right up their street, and luckily for us that trend has continued for state and royal funerals. Thank you for mentioning...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started our tour at 12.30 with a lovely lady called Heather. There was myself, husband, 2 children and my mother. Our kids are 9 and 10 years of age. We had a brilliant time and it was so informative and I felt like I...More

Thank Ladykatethehulk
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your review Kate - we've shown it to Heather and she's really pleased too. All the team are glad that your family had a great time and that we were able to amaze you! All the credit goes to the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today, love small British manufacturing, something that is unfortunately now very rare. Products made in Birmingham on machinery made in Birmingham. I have a 1950 BSA motorcycle made in Birmingham ( ok it’s blown up at the moment, we will gloss over that )...More

1  Thank Lee E
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Lee, we are really glad you enjoyed a chance to feel some of Birmingham's industrial past come to life on Neville's tour! I'll make sure to highlight this review to our Front of House team too, a warm welcome is so important. Good luck...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited a# part of a joint promotion with the Roundhouse and had the wonderful Cornelius as a guide who told us the story of Newman Brothers with an inspiring passion. Some quirky items in the shop as well. Great value and well recommended.

Thank araf
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review - we are so glad that people have enjoyed the joint tour because it has been wonderful working with the Roundhouse team! I've just shown Cornellius and he's chuffed too.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the coffin works after we had been on a cemetery tour, on a wet blustery Saturday. There was plenty of pay and display parking, make sure that where you park is not permit only and that the payment booths are green and not...More

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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for making the Coffin Works part of your death themed outing this week! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour, and I promise to show this review to the fantastic Sarah as well! We would love to have a coffee shop too,...More

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SMBSLT
July 19, 2018|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the admission charge is £6.60 and the visit is a guided tour only which should be pre booked, there isn't much of a shop .
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March 8, 2016|
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Response from Jan W | Reviewed this property |
I am fortunate enough to have an imaginative daughter who puts some thought into taking me somewhere different for Mothers Day. I had an excellent time - much better than all those mothers who got an overpriced bunch of... More
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August 24, 2015|
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Response from Suze_Carter | Property representative |
Thanks for getting in touch. There is a charge of £5 adults, £4 concessions and £3 children for one hour's guided factory tours. We are opening on 13 September all day for free, however, as part of this years's Heritage... More
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