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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Needle Mill Lane, B98 8HY, England
01527 62509
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Ranked #64 of 104 attractions in Worcestershire
Type: Museums
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A truly marvelous spectacle to behold on a summers day, many people would ask 'whats the point?' But I would say there are many points to visit the needle museum. Firstly there are exhbitions not related to needles, for those of you not keen on the subject matter in the title. For those with sharp reflexes there is an adventure... More

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Pershore, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Not enough to do to spend a whole day there. We went on a Medievil weekend so was much more to do than on a standard day, lots of hand-on things for the kids to do, play & make, aswell as cheaper entry than normal! I would recommend going when special events are on as entry often cheaper, somtimes even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Visited with my 7 year old twins for the Medieval day. They had fun making a knight's mask (additional charge), listening to Richard York the storyteller musician and watching the soldiers drilling with their bill hooks. They also had the chance to dress up as a princess. Nice refreshments available - sandwiches made to order and home made cakes. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Visited over the early May Bank Holiday to learn something of the needle-making industry in this area. Many of my great-aunts and uncles, great-great grandparents, and so on, were needle stampers, stickers, straighteners, pointers and packers at Redditch and Feckenham, and I had no idea what this involved. This museum was a great way to find out, and I'd highly... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Nice place to walk around although the ruins are not the best I have seen (nothing like Fountains or Bolton Abbey) still worth a visit and the "talking guide boards" are a really good idea. Seemed to be a good place to run the dogs too. We didn't go in the museum but again information provided for free outside by... More

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The centre it's self is great. The museum full of facts and the picnic area and park entertaining for all kids. Plenty of places to sit and they even have an archery range. I have been here lots with the kids over the years. It advertises a cafe. Instant coffee and tea. Very few options of drink for kids in... More

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Worcestershire, UK
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is especially worth seeing at the weekend when some of the waterwheels are running. The machinery for polishing needles is driven by water power. Needles were made by the million here. A fascinating piece of history for an everyday household item.

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Minety, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Walked to the museum from our stay at premier inn. Great little place to visit. Needle museum was very interesting and lovely embroidery displays. The info on the Abbey was good too, Lovely play area for the kids and good cup of tea. definately worth the £10 entry fee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We took our grandchildren to the dinosaur attraction held here at he end of their long school holidays and enjoyed it very much. The history of needle making in Redditch was interesting for the older children. There is a great outdoor play area with soft ground and sand with lots of space for a picnic.You can get tea and coffee... More

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

On the face of it 'The Needle Museum' doesn't sound the most exciting visiting experience but this was a genuinely fascinating and quirky place. At one time, Redditch produced 90% of the world's needles and the museum walks the visitor through how they were made and all the many uses (sewing/embroidery, surgical, gramophones, fishing tackle, hat pins, darts...etc) The mill... More

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