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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
+44 1527 62509
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Nice little find

Went here as part of our Boat Club day out. It was a nice little find. They had activities for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve D
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Fascinating museum

An interesting museum telling the story of an industry that I'd never thought about. Well laid out... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
railhill
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  • Average5%
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Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here as part of our Boat Club day out. It was a nice little find. They had activities for the kids and folk music for the grown ups. We enjoyed having a walk around the museum and the old forge itself.

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

An interesting museum telling the story of an industry that I'd never thought about. Well laid out in historic buildings with informative staff and volunteers. Not suitable for those with reduced mobility because of stairs, some very steep.

Thank railhill
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This restored water powered needle mill and the ruined Abbey are very interesting giving a snapshot of how hard and dangerous life was for those involved.

Thank Dugied
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I have passed this museum for many years and eventually ventured in, I am so glad I did. It holds so many interesting buildings and so much history. There are people in character throughout the location and they are so authentic and willing to talk...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 21 August 2017

The history of needle manufacture and scouring was well told (and a great story it is), though a little faded around the edges. For instance, the visitor's video 'creaked' a bit, but the footage of the scouring process was invaluable (I hope it's been archived...More

Thank niccarlyle
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The museum is small but interesting, especially when combined with Bordesley Abbey. Good weather is essential though.

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Took my 5 and 8 year old children for day out. They found the displays interesting and child friendly and interactive. Very interesting and informative for me too! Worth paying extra £1 each for treasure hunt with a decent "treasure" at the end! Pirate display...More

Thank 62Kareno
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Formerly the world's primary source of hand sewing needles and fish hooks Redditch and district boasted a myriad of global exporting manufacturing companies. Sadly the late 20th century saw their demise with production switching to India, China and Eastern Europe. Fortunately this old water powered...More

Thank 323RobinB
Reviewed 12 July 2017

A fantastic place to visit.Steeped in history Find out about the past and learn about how needles fishing hooks were first made and many other products.They have many special events throughout the years Costumes event ,even a old fashion Christmas event.A very special and interesting...More

Thank gfelton
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was an education on how they produced these items in the past and the terrible conditions suffered , the staff were very helpful and informative . A number of stairs but quite wide ones so we were able to move about with care.

Thank peter p
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