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Walsall Leather Museum

Littleton St. W., Walsall WS2 8EQ, England
+44 1922 652288
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Walsall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Walsall Leather Museum is a welcoming and friendly attraction housed in a restored Victorian factory building. We offer a fascinating insight into the... more » Owner description: Walsall Leather Museum is a welcoming and friendly attraction housed in a restored Victorian factory building. We offer a fascinating insight into the story of Walsall's famous leatherworking trade. There are regular guided tours and demonstrations of leather crafts, and a lively programme of events and actvities throughout the year, including changing exhibitions. Beautiful gardens planted with traditional tanning trees and shrubs. Excellent cafe serving home made food, and a great shop specialising in Walsall- made leathergoods. « less
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Lancashire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This museum is on two floors and includes a workshop. It tells the story of the Walsall leather industry. The workshop attendant was an amazing gentleman who proudly told us he was 90 and had been working - and continued to work - the leather for his entire working life. What he didn't know about it wasn't worth knowing. He... More

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Leathermuseum, Public Relations Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking to time to send in a review of the Leather Museum and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Ron our demonstrator is as you say, a real gem although I had to smile as he is actually only 89 but always adds on a year in anticipation of his next birthday! We... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

council carpark opposite or tesco across the road free entry to the museum and friendly staff, shop with local leather goods, nice gardens and a reasonally priced cafe.

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. The team here are always delighted to hear when people have enjoyed their visit, so many thanks for taking the time to let us know. And that`s our tenth 5 star review in a row- great! More

Walsall, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This museum is really interesting and full of facts the staff where lovely and we really enjoyed ar selves there just wish it was a bit bigger as it was over to soon but still a must see place

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. Its always really encouraging to hear that people are enjoying the museum so much. And we agree with you that the museum needs to be bigger! We have exciting plans for future developments, so watch this space... More

Solihull, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We have visited the museum several times and have taken visitors there from all over the UK and Belgium. All have been fascinated by the history of the area and the leather-making and -working process. None of us has left feeling bored or dis-satisfied. The staff are always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The café is small, but doesn't claim to... More

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. It really does make a big difference to the team here to know that you enjoyed your visit to the museum so much. I will make sure that the whole team get to see your encouraging comments. Please come back soon! More

West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Lived in Walsall,trained in Walsall and live close by now. This was my first visit and loved it. Was especially interested in the tanning as I used to live in Tanhouse Avenue. Staff friendly, exhibitions interesting and interactive.Nice grounds and cafe.Shall be going again soon.

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind and positive review, I`m delighted you enjoyed your visit last week. We are very proud of Walsall`s leatherworking heritage, and delighted that our new "In the Leather" exhibition is open and getting lots of good feedback from visitors (it runs until January). Please spread the word - and come back soon! More

West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This brilliant walsall attraction will appeal to anyone that has an interest in social history, leather trade and hands on exhibitions. The staff all seem absolutely committed to ensuring that visitors enjoy the experience and a big thank you to Claire for showing us around. Sometimes we take for granted what is on our doorstep and I would encourage any... More

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Leathermuseum, Public Relations Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your fabulous review - I can't tell you how thrilled we are! I am delighted that you and your friend had such a positive experience and I will pass on your comments to Claire as she has only been with us a short while but is already proving to be a real asset. We hope... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My friend and I visited on 17th October and found a warm welcome with very informative guides - all for free! We were particularly impressed with Ron who had worked in the leather trade for 70 years and now gives his time to explain and demonstrate the process of currying. We even took the opportunity of making a key fob... More

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Dear Roz, Thank you so much for your kind review. I`m very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Leather Museum. You are quite correct, Ron really is a star and we are very lucky to have someone on the team who is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the trade. He has twice the energy levels of many... More

Shropshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A gem in the midst of Walsall. Welcoming people in the reception/shop and we were asked if we wanted a guide - a very pleasant , knowledgeable gentleman who said that he had been in the leather trade for 70 years guided my friend and I around the downstairs exhibition area, followed by another informative guide who showed us saddle-stitching,... More

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Dear Angela,Thank you for your lovely review. I will pass on your kind comments to the rest of the team who I know will be delighted. Everyone really enjoyed having your group here and showing them around the museum. It makes everything worthwhile when we get such positive feedback. We have a tiny advertising budget, so feedback like this really... More

Shropshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This Museum is positively an oasis in the somewhat scruffy and untidy town of Walsall , I felt ashamed on the approach to the museum but once we arrived the whole experience improved 100% our guides where obviously knowledgeable and keen to pass on their knowledge and experiences to us. The building is uséd to it's full advantage and is... More

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Dear Neil, Many thanks for your kind comments which have given the team here a real boost. I`m so pleased that your group enjoyed their visit. We all enjoyed having you here, and hope to see you again some time. More

Walsall
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I bought two beautiful leather wallets at a very reasonable price for the quality of leather and workmanship and made in Walsall!! The staff are friendly and helpful and even rang to arrange with a local 'gold blocking' company around the corner for me to have initials on the wallets. What brilliant customer service.

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Walsallmike, Manager at Walsall Leather Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Some fantastic items are made in our local leather factories and we like to think our shop is a showcase for some of the best of them. There are some amazing leatherworking skills in the town- and we want the tradition to continue for another hundred years! More

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