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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Visited here whilst waiting for my sister who was at the Crem on sadder business. I had a few hours to kill and this was a stones throw away so thought I would take a look. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Visited here whilst waiting for my sister who was at the Crem on sadder business. I had a few hours to kill and this was a stones throw away so thought I would take a look. I was pleasantly surprised. When I went in, the tills were not working but the staff handled this very well and were very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A lovely outdoor play area with: large sand pit (bring your own buckets/spades), obstacle course, climbing wall, speakers, see-saw, swings &giant chess set. Well maintained with plenty of bins, picnic tables. Can bring your own food or get a hot/cold drink/snack from snack van or visit visitor centre shop. All reasonably priced. Play area open daily but closed by 4pm.... More 

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a must visit for people in Redditch to learn about the past industry the town was developed from and for non Redditch people you won't believe how fascinating needles can be until you have been.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

my children love coming here , i do find event days very busy with can be hard work with all the children . but we never had any issues and we would happy return for more family days out

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Been twice in the last 8 months. Spent a couple of hours and learned something new each time. We live nearby and this is going to be somewhere we bring visiting friends and family. Fascinating place, lots of history, lots of examples. You also can't beat a free guided tour!

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a lovely museum about the history of needles and Redditch. The playground is great, with a sand pit and giant chess etc. The museum is small and intimate, in lovely surrounding with enough to keep you occupied for a couple of hours. The special days are great, and normally inexpensive.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a nice spot for a day out in the country. The needle museum was to our surprise, really interesting. Never seen a six foot tall mattress needle before. The water mill is very interesting and there is a film made by a man who used to work there, showing the end to end process. Nearby is Bordesley abbey... More 

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I moved to Redditch last year so this was the first thing I visited. At first, you might think "a needle museum? Really?" But it is such a nice little place, full of history of the town, of the no-longer-existing abbey and I learned LOADS about needles (Redditch was THE place where 90% of the world needles were made! FACT!),... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is well worth a visit. A lot of people do not know that Redditch is famous for needle making as well as making the worlds first motorbike, the Royal Enfield. The museum looks at the needle making and also the local abbey. They often have different things going on like reenactment shows.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Can't believe what the workers went through to make the needles! Often dying by the age of 35 due to the dust etc on their lungs. Never realised how many different needles there were! It was great to see the water mill working. Well stocked little shop. Picnic tables, children's play area, cafe and fantastic... More 

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