Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey, Redditch: Hours, Address, Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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catharine o
26 contributions
Fascinating small museum
Nov 2021 • Friends
Wonderful museum situated in a lovely position in Redditch. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. The visit was very informative and so worthwhile. Never realised how many different sorts of needle we use. Beautiful well laid out displays and sorry we did not have enough time to look at the abbey ruins as well.
Written November 22, 2021
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Megan C
Chesterfield, UK273 contributions
Hidden little gem, you must go.
Aug 2021
Absolutely brilliant museum and grounds
Packed full of well curated exhibits, visually stunning and with lots of interesting details and information.
We expected to stay about an hour, the person greeting us suggested that was an average stay. We were there for 4 hours and probably did not see everything!
Really fascinating insight into the area’s industrial past, I had no idea Redditch area was famous for needle manufacturing. I had never really thought about how needles are made or indeed where!
Great explanations of the process of making needles, which is much more complex and involved than I realised. With video, displays and leaflets.
The information was partly in cabinets and in the other “half” of the building was mock ups of workshops with the tools used, which helped make sense of the process.
The history was very thoroughly covers, including how dangerous the process was.
We looked at the ruins of the abbey, which was interesting too.
Written November 13, 2021
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sami c
Belfast, UK79 contributions
Glad we went.
Sep 2021
A last minute decision to make the use of a free afternoon & im really glad we went!
The staff were lovely, as we just made it there in time for the last entry to the actual museum.
Informitive and interesting to anyone who likes quirky history, which we do!

If youre in Redditch and have a spare couple of hours ,I would recommend going!
Shop not open, but theres a snacks van for drinks and things , with a few trinkets too.
Written September 28, 2021
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Jane W
Bristol, UK34 contributions
Well worth a little detour
Sep 2021
Forge Mill museum is such a nice surprise. A needle museum … could it be worth visiting ? YES ! It was fascinating. Gives a very good insight into the complex process of making needles & pins etc in the past and its significance to this whole area. It was a world centre of needle and pin making. The museum gives real insight to the working conditions, in a way that is accessible and interesting to all ages.
As interesting was the display of the huge variety of types of needles and hooks that were and are made, beyond what could be imagined. There is a room where this can all be seen. Something to attract everyone, from fishing items to needles for surgery and making carpets etc . An extra bonus currently was an exhibition of modern quilting .. I had never realised quilting was almost like a painting .
The signage for ticket purchase isn’t clear at the moment, go to the cafe where you will find a very helpful woman .
Written September 27, 2021
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Eileen_16
London, UK51 contributions
Worth a visit ...
Sep 2021
Visited the Forge Mill Needle Museum.
It was difficult finding where to buy the entrance tickets as there was no clear signage, however once we bought tickets and got into the museum we found a building full of history and memorabilia. Everything was well presented with lots of exhibits and machinery from the past.
The location is in a lovely area surrounded with beautiful countryside. There appeared to be more people visiting the (no charge) adventure play area, which has seating in the form of picnic benches with a coffee / snack bar onsite. It appeared to be a popular place for families to enjoy.
Written September 25, 2021
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Claire S
London, UK4 contributions
Don't waste your valuable time
Sep 2021
Everything on their website, banners and signs says that the Museum is open until 4.00 p.m. but don't be fooled. Last admissions are at 3.00 p.m. and even the shop is still closed owing to Covid. Obviously this venue was not affected unduly by Covid or they would be more welcoming today. The Museum was firmly locked at 15.30 so presumably there were no visitors even at 3.00 pm. A very aggressive lady told us that it had always been their policy to close at 3.00 p.m. and that we were wrong in saying that the advertised time is 4.00 p.m.
Written September 25, 2021
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Claire B
Clapham, UK4 contributions
Weirdly Fascinating
Sep 2021 • Family
We were staying in the Premier Inn and it all started as a joke that we were taking our teen to a needle museum…. In the end he actually said “I had no idea how much went into making a needle!”
It’s not more than an hours entertainment and it’s a very niche school field trip sort of place, £6 each to get in but it’s important to support these little places and very informative. Gave us something to do before our onward journey. Interesting to see a working water wheel and there are awesomely creepy figurines showing the different jobs. My son bought me a souvenir fridge magnet as a momento of this odd morning. Coffee/ice creams place with friendly staff and play area for kiddies. Shame the giant chess set is half missing. Try to avoid the “artist” who has hijacked the museum to display his overpriced Marvel prints…the most bizarrely mismatched pop up ever.
Written September 19, 2021
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sue r
Bromsgrove, UK26 contributions
Trip out with grandchildren
Aug 2021 • Family
This was a visit with grandchildren and it was a wonderful interesting visit.
The staff were so lovely too, taking time to explain things to the children.
Also a lovely park and huge sand pit for the little ones.
Not a day, but definitely a morning or afternoon, beautiful grounds too.
Written August 4, 2021
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Vanessa P
8 contributions
Hidden gem of redditch
Jul 2021 • Friends
Well as a brummie..i was asked by my friend to meet up with the children its definitely a hidden little gem..so very peaceful there is a lovely play area with a large sandpit..and a large chess set..picnic tables large grassy area..we didnt go in to the needle museum but to get on the site its free..there are toilets and a van that sells ices hot and cold drinks and snacks..the staff are very friendly and the site spotless..behind it is a path that leads to some old ruins..and cows are on the grass and pathways..ive been been there twice now....and will most definitely be back soon..🥰
Written July 23, 2021
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Hunter Cub
Airdrie, Canada9 contributions
A hidden gem in Redditch
Oct 2019 • Friends
Was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. A bit of a hidden gem that reminds us of Redditch’s historical central role in manufacturing the worlds needles.
Written March 6, 2020
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  • Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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