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Walsall Leather Museum

Littleton St. W., Walsall WS2 8EQ, England
+44 1922 652288
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Walsall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

A great place to visit, and learn about the leather industry of Walsall and surrounding area. The staff are so informative, and want all visitors to enjoy their visit. Its not just leather either, fashion accessories, local engineering, and at the moment a display to books that are out of this world for an equestrian. The shop is stocked by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

friendly and helpful staff. Lots of interesting things to see. free entry and parking over the road.

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

Many thanks for your review, it`s great to have such positive feedback, and I will share your kind comments with the team here. Please visit us again some time soon! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Really interesting tour from Ron who is 88 and STILL working as a guide having started at 14 in the tanner as an apprentice. The cafe is brilliant - top notch coffee for £1 Interesting well priced food; soup of the day + a sandwich for £1.75

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

Many thanks for your kind review. We are so lucky to have great demsontrators like Ron, nothing beats hearing about leather from someone who has spent all their life in the trade. And you are right about the cafe, the staff and Walsall College students who run it do a great job, and it offers fantastic value. Come again soon! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a fantastic museum about the leather trade in Walsall. The displays and objects are informative and interesting, the shop is well stocked (buying myself a good quality, locally made wallet) and I had a meal in the café which was well priced and tasty. The front of house staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the leather trade... More

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

Many thanks for your enthusiastic review, we love to hear from happy visitors! You seem to have enjoyed all aspects of the museum which is good to know. We are getting a lot of positive feedback about our current "In the Leather" exhibition which looks at the recent history of the Walsall leather trades and runs until 10th January. And... More

Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

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
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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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10 attraction reviews
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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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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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