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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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West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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
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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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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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Friendly and welcoming staff at museum. We had booked our grandchildren aged 5 and 7 on a 2 hour craft session. It was great. Highly recommended. We will go back again to visit the rest of the museum. We only had time to make key rings as a souvenir.

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

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and plan to return. I really hope your grandchildren enjoyed our workshop too! Thank you for taking the time to send a review in - it's so helpful to us. More

Milton Keynes, UK
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you're in the area, pay this museum a visit. Its free. Paid parking over the road (Walsall is paid parking mad) which is Ok at £1.40 for 2 hours. It takes you though the processes of the leather industry, and the internal staff who work or have worked within the trade really added their experience and enthusiasm for the... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We are lucky to have parking so close to hand - it makes such a difference for our visitors. And the recently reduced fees means that it's only £3 for a whole day which means that you can visit other attractions such as Walsall Museum and the New Art Gallery at the same time.... More

Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Top quality venue & beautifully restored buildings. Would recommend it to all! The volunteers are very impressive. Educate yourself and your family about local things they don't teach you in school. It's even better because it's free........................................................................................................ Cafe was very reasonable too....................................................................

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We can't buy publicity like that! So thank you for taking the time - it is much appreciated. More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A highlight of our visit to this interesting local museum was meeting the elderly man who had formerly worked in the leather trade and was happy to share his stories with us and show us his tools and some of the hides he had worked on. This is an excellent small museum in interesting buildings which makes you aware of... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Our demonstrators are our biggest asset and we are so lucky to have them. More

Walsall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Free entry. The leather industry put Walsall on the map and the Museum is an excellent and interesting place to visit. With demonstrations from skilled leather workers and very well informed volunteers this is a place not to miss if you are visiting the area. Have a bite to eat and a drink at the excellent cafe.

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

We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. thank you for taking the time to send in a review. More

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