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“A little gem”

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Ranked #6 of 278 things to do in Birmingham
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery industry.
Newcastle, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A little gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect as we got there just as the tour was starting and I suspect we had expected more about jewellery. However we got a much more interesting social history of how people worked and lived. Lovely staff, nice gift shop with interesting and reasonably priced presents and a cheap cuppa. Would really recommend

Visited December 2013
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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“A total surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Really fascinating to visit a place which seems completely untouched from when the business stopped trading 30 years ago. It looked as though they might ( the workers) just come back after lunch and continue work in the afternoon. To see all the tools of the trade they used and even their old aprons and mugs just where they left them took you back immediately to the early 1980s when they just walked out never to return.You must do the guided tour and not just visit the display rooms. Amazing to see how all the gold dust and tiny gold scraps were hoovered from the air and collected. So much was collected it could buy the owner a new car a year. A pity you couldn't still order from the firm's old catalogue where you could buy a gold ring or bracelet for a pound or less.

Visited December 2013
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“A Jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Situated in and amongst the manufacturing jewelry quarter this small museum is a must see. After three visits I am still finding things to learn about the trade and the area. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful with a sense of humour. Parking is not easy so allow extra minutes to find a space. If not take the train as the neatest station is less than 5 mins away.

Visited October 2013
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“A hidden gem.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

What a delightful surprise. We had an entertaining and informative guide show us around this old family run jewellery factory that was abandoned in the 80s but hadn't kept up-to-date for many years. There were health and safety nightmares everywhere. There were many mass produced items but also some design led jewellery too. They went to extraordinary lengths to recover the gold dust. Well worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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“Pure gold of the jewellery quarter!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Me and the hubby visited in November. Having not done any research before arrival we popped along for a visit and had to wait 20 mins for opening. Once inside the £5pp entry was more than good value with 2 exhibition rooms of history and examples and info about the local jewellery trade.

We then had the guided tour of the workshops and offices and this was brilliant with a fantastic guide and some great demos. What was really great was to see the workshops as they would have been, it really helped see what it was like.

On a practical note there is toilets and a lift for those who aren't so good with stairs. Well worth the £5 each, a couple of interesting hours!

Visited November 2013
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