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Walsall Leather Museum

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Address: Littleton St. W., Walsall WS2 8EQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1922 652288
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Description: Walsall Leather Museum is a welcoming and friendly attraction housed in a...
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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Definitely worth a visit

This free museum is certainly worth a visit. We were offered a personal tour of the museum and found it to be very interesting. They showed us the process of the work involved in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Rachel C
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This free museum is certainly worth a visit. We were offered a personal tour of the museum and found it to be very interesting. They showed us the process of the work involved in making leather saddles and other leather goods i.e purses, suitcases and handbags. We made a leather key ring for 50p to take home with us.

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

Thank you for your review and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. It's great to take up the opportunity to have a guide to show you round - we are really lucky to have such great staff and volunteers who all really enjoy sharing their knowledge. And most of our visitors find the key-ring activity to... More 

Birmingham, England
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138 reviews 138 reviews
6 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I visited this museum a few years ago and then thought it was very interesting, but clearly there has been considerable investment since then, and this is now a first class attraction, with informative displays, fascinating details of leather-making processes, and demonstrations of industry techniques. There is an attractive eating area/garden, a small café which serves appetising snacks, and a... More 

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

It's lovely to hear of visitors revisiting and finding their experience even better than the first. Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we hope to see you again. More 

Hull
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was born in Walsall and now live in Hull and have been meaning to visit the Museum with my children for a while. When I saw the Easter Family Fun Day advertised it prompted us to go and we were not disappointed. The museum itself is very informative with explanations on all the displays, they are picture quiz sheets... 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. I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed our Easter Family Fun Day. It really is a labour of love organising that particular event as we are always overwhelmed with the positive comments and feedback that we receive and it makes it all worthwhile. We have always been committed to offering... More 

West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had been planning to to go this site for a long time and we managed it! Such a lovely place with the team of people there really knowledgeable about the leather industry. The exhibits were informative along with items I never knew that could be made from leather. The volunteers were fabulous and really engaged and had a good... More 

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

I'm so glad that you finally managed to pay us a visit and that it was such a positive experience. I think the people who work in the museum are the real secret of our success as they are all so enthusiastic and love to talk to visit and share their passion for Walsall and its leatherworking history. I hope... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Visited last bank holiday for a family fun day and we all had a great time.It was a free event too and the children were entertained well.

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

I`m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Family Fun Day so much. It`s always a popular and happy event, but this year`s event seemed to be especially successful, with over a thousand people coming through the doors. Look out for our events leaflets or check our website for details of other events at the museum- and don`t miss... More 

Northampton
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18 reviews 18 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The Walsall Leather Museum is well worth a visit. It is well-presented and interesting with out overwhelming you with facts, figures and long displays of text. The staff are very knowledgeable and they frequently have demonstrations and have-a-go sessions. Definitely worth getting in touch before visiting to find out what times these are, especially if you're going with children.

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

I`m delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit so much and many thanks for your enthusiastic review. It`s an excellent idea, as you suggest, to check what`s on at the museum: our website has full details of our lively events programme. We do try to ensure that guided tours are always available, and that everyone has a chance to "have... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We visited the Walsall Leather museum as we were at a loose end, what a pleasure it turned out to be. It was easy to find a parking spot nearby, the museum takes the visitor on an interesting tour of the processes of tanning as well as the production of leather goods many of them equestrian in nature. The production... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind words. It`s so helpful to us to have feedback from visitors and we pay close attention to what people tell us. I`m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and I hope we will see you again shortly. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This was a lovely visit. The staff were delightful . They were exceptionally helpful and attentive and did all they could to make us welcome. We may even return for another visit . Only one awkward comment and that is about parking, which is not signposted as part of the museum, so we parked across the road in the supermarket,... More 

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

Thank you so much for your positive review, it`s great to have such enthusiastic feedback about the Leather Museum, and it gives us all a boost. Many thanks for the comments re car parking, which were useful. Most of our visitors use the Day Street pay and display opposite the museum, whch is best approached via Stafford Street . As... More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I think this is a fascinating museum although perhaps in need of a little face lift. However I give it top marks because it gives a real insight into Walsall's history. There is a small shop with locally made, high quality leather goods and local history books. There is also a cafe with a small range of light meals and... More 

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

Many thanks for your review, I`m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found it rewarding. Please visit us again soon! More 

Walsall, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A fascinating few hours and the lady who talked to me about when she worked in the leather industry in Walsall was a most interesting and knowledgeable guide. Thouroughly recomend this as it is free , but may close soon because of Walsall MBC's short sighted approach.

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

Thank you for your kind comments- I love it when visitors tell us they were here for "a few hours" as it tells us that they were really absorbed by the museum. Some visitors do only spend half an hour here which is absolutely fine, but we find many more spending half the day here and saying they will come... More 

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