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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

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Address: Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
Phone Number: 01527 62509
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Free on Wednesdays if you're a local.

Had nothing to do on Wednesday afternoon and heard this place was free on Wednesdays for locals so thought I would pay it a visit. Found it interesting how needles were made... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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REDDITCH
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Had nothing to do on Wednesday afternoon and heard this place was free on Wednesdays for locals so thought I would pay it a visit. Found it interesting how needles were made and the conditions that people had to work in. There are audio stations at certain points around the mill and also a video talking you through how life... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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107 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We take common-place articles such as needles for granted, but in Victorian times people died providing the sewing public with this simple commodity. I've been sewing for over 60 years and I have never given a minute's thought to how they were made, but this museum changed all that - the history of needle manufacture is fascinating, and we had... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I've been coming here for years now, I love it, I never get tired of the place! Its great to bring kids in the summer as they have a great play area and a nice little coffee bar!

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Worcestershire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What a treat, so much local history - so well presented. The Bordesley Abbey section displayed many interesting artifacts and historical facts. The Forge Mill Needle Museum explained the importance of Redditch to the needle industry - a great afternoon's entertainment at very reasonable cost.

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31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Loved this venue - very interesting considering it doesn't sound it! There is only a coffee van here so don't rely on eating here although there is a supermarket close by and a pub. Bordesley Abbey is next door too and is free to visit. Nice gift shop too.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Other than the pathways to and around the areas being waterlogged or more like streams at times due to the British weather, generally a good day out and a wonderful place to visit and learn about a part of history within our town! Just a couple of general issues ive found is not all dog owners abide by the rules... More 

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Milton Keynes
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A warm friendly welcome for our group - clear information to help us enjoy our tour. There is plenty of information in the museum, and the the old forge mill gives a vivid understanding of the processes and working conditions of those involved in this industry. We were shocked at the life expectancy of the workers. When you say "needle"... More 

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We attended the museum which was hosting a WW2 event with classic wartime cars and a host of enactors. A brilliant show and a wonderful museum.

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Northwich
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It was wife who wanted to go there. She is something of a needlework enthusiast - if I said we had tapestry wallpaper then it would be an exaggeration - but not much! Anyway, we were in Redditch and there was a fete on in the grounds, so we could get in for about half price. So we did. A... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Okay for a quick visit and cuppa. Not that much to see regarding the 'museum'. Better is the walk along the stream running along side. When we went, it must have been a kids holiday, as it was packed with families enjoying a nice day out that isn't expensive.

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