• Language

Forge Mill Needle Museum

Needle Mill Lane, REDDITCH, Worcestershire, B98 8HY
Forge Mill Needle Museum

Book Tickets Online

About

There is more to a needle museum than meets the eye…

Did you know that in Victorian times Redditch was producing 90% of all the needles in the world? Our museum tells the fascinating story of how a needle was made and the processes involved. Discover the most dangerous job in the needle industry and find out all about the harsh working conditions.

 A highlight of your visit is entering the only remaining water powered scouring mill left in the world. This is largely unchanged and gives a real opportunity to step back in time and experience the atmosphere of a working mill. Where possible the waterwheel and machinery operates on Tuesday and weekend afternoons.

The museum also houses a whole floor of needle and fishing tackle treasures where you can explore the largest public collection of needles on display in the country. These include a fantastic range of Victorian sewing needles as well as needles that have been used for everything from sewing panels on space shuttles to micro surgery.

Forge Mill also hosts a varied temporary exhibition programme; often with a link to textiles, quilts and embroidery. Details of the annual programme can be found on the website.

On site is also the Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre which tells the story of the medieval Cistercian abbey of Bordesley. This building has limited opening hours for 2022 so please check website for details.

A short walk away, across the meadows lie the ruins of the abbey which can be explored at any time.

Light refreshments can be purchased from the Mill View Coffee Bar which has a delicious range of homemade cake, quality coffee and freshly made toasted sandwiches.

Picnics can be enjoyed within the natural setting of the grounds which includes a children’s play area with a large sandpit.

Book Tickets

TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible toilets
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Tel: 01527 62509

Add Forge Mill Needle Museum to your Itinerary

Opening Times

* Feb & March, Tuesday - Sunday 10am – 3pm
April to October, Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
November, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 3pm

Follow Us

What's nearby

  1. With 900 acres of public open space and the Arrow Valley Lake, the park provides…

    1.32 miles away
  2. Transport Museum - extensive collection of buses and battery electric vehicles with café,…

    4.33 miles away
  3. Umberslade Farm Park
    4.97 miles away
  1. Earlswood Lakes is made up of three 22 acre reservoirs; Terry's Pool, Windmill Pool and…

    5.39 miles away
  2. The Museum is spread over 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside and includes a…

    5.84 miles away
  3. A garden centre like no other! Offering an exciting range of cold hardy exotic plants…

    6.47 miles away
  4. Day Out With The Kids has been around for over 10 years now, and helps families to get…

    6.65 miles away
  5. Inside a mix of interiors await to be discovered, from the restored Hercules rooms and…

    6.99 miles away
  6. Discover the amazing world of Cadbury at Cadbury World, a fascinating, fun-packed day out…

    7.05 miles away
  7. Alcester Walk

    With a children's playground and a multi-use games area, Alcester Walk serves the…

    7.45 miles away
  8. Step into Selly Manor Museum to discover how the Tudors cooked, dressed and lived over…

    7.99 miles away
  9. This magnificent 16th century house is run by The National Trust and is short distance…

    8.26 miles away
  10. We are a friendly and welcoming church, noticing the love of God and sharing it. We are a…

    8.49 miles away
  11. The Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham is your new midlands location for sailing and…

    8.5 miles away
  12. A modern, bright and welcoming church centre in the heart of the community.

    10am…

    8.5 miles away
  13. Mary Moore is a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide offering coach and walking tours of…

    8.88 miles away
Previous Next
WestMidlands

Don't miss

Don't miss

Don't miss

Don't miss