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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Address: Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
Phone Number: 01527 62509
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Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Redditch
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I visited here as I was in Redditch to see some friends and we went here... I didn't think I would like it as I'm not into needle history but I was wrong. Wow! I was shocked to see how great it was. There is so much to do, I didn't want to rush my way through so I took... More 

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Iron Acton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This working needle mill is the only one of its type in the world and it is fascinating to learn how such a household article as a needle is made and the associated conditions that the workers had to endure in Victorian times. It is situated in a listed building with original machinery, models and a DVD which tells you... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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64 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

On Wednesday 8th October I went with my friend to visit this fascinating museum and abbey in Redditch. Forge Mill Needle Museum tells the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of needle making in Victorian times. The Mill is a listed building which houses original water powered machinery. Models and recreated scenes and an audio trail provide a vivid illustration of... More 

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