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Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey

Open Now: 11:00 - 16:00
Open today: 11:00 - 16:00
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Visited the Museum with my Dad yesterday to see the River Arrow exhibition - very well presented... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Redditch, United Kingdom
What a fascinating place to visit.

Although quite a small museum tucked away from the centre of Redditch.We opted for the guided tour... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sandiacre, United Kingdom
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“water wheel”(7 reviews)
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Needle Mill Lane, Redditch B98 8HY, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Visited over the early May Bank Holiday to learn something of the needle-making industry in this area. Many of my great-aunts and uncles, great-great grandparents, and so on, were needle stampers, stickers, straighteners, pointers and packers at Redditch and Feckenham, and I had no idea...More

2  Thank j1954g
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

This could have been a good visit, it wasn't a bad attraction, it was a misleading Web page. The mill itself was very interesting with the history of needle making set out in displays, video and the building itself with it's artifacts. My gripe was...More

3  Thank tomjoad00
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the Museum with my Dad yesterday to see the River Arrow exhibition - very well presented and informative - helpful staff too. Have been to Forge Mill several times before - great centre for history of Redditch and in particular the needle and fishing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although quite a small museum tucked away from the centre of Redditch.We opted for the guided tour and were given a fascinating insight into how the humble needle was produced by the Victorian workforce when the mill was producing all sorts of needles. Supplying all...More

Thank Geoffreysm1th
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Visited yesterday with a small group of WI members and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Given a warm welcome on our arrival followed by a interesting and informative talk on the making of needles, everyone was fascinated and will never look at a needle in...More

Thank Pearl129
Reviewed 4 October 2018

I led a small group of National Trust supporters to see the Museum and Abbey, and we had a most interesting and rewarding day. The staff and volunteers gave us a warm welcome, and our Abbey guide, Don, provided an introduction to the history of...More

Thank probearly
Reviewed 3 October 2018

A really interesting environment to learn some really interesting history. I was fascinated with the history on needle making here! I am a local and to learn about my local history was amazing! The museum staff are very informative and helpful, and the ways that...More

1  Thank Sammy W
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Visited here last week. Very interesting to learn about the needle making industry. Especially for someone who has lived in Redditch all their life. Lots of company names from the past. Excellent.

1  Thank martincP8025GE
Reviewed 27 August 2018

A very unusual museum, the production and history of the needle. Really fascinating. Small cafe and shop.

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 22 August 2018

The museum has a really good family events programme over the summer. Today was Scarecrow Day and there was a lot to do. Our grandson loved the trails, Lego, bouncy castle as well as the play area. Prices were very reasonable including the ice creams...More

Thank Dylanbunny
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Nice to have a walk around and to see how it all works, not over busy which was good cheap few hoursbefore heading home Although we didn’t have children with us there is a lovely park with a large beach affect area

1  Thank rstilt1979
Reviewed 25 July 2018

To my shame, after living in Redditch for nearly five years, I had never visited the Forge Mill Museum until recently but now I have, my admission allows me to visit three more time free! Very quiet on the day I went; I was told...More

Thank clivegb
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
Not practical to have a dog inside this museum