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Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley

  • Redditch
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4-12
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley Abbey is probably one of the most unique museums in Worcestershire, and a fascinating place to take the kids. With the last remaining water powered mill in the world and the ancient ruins of a medieval abbey to see, you and the kids will have a great opportunity to step back in time.

Recreated scenes, models, and an audio trail, will help the kids to discover the fascinating, sometimes gruesome story of needle making during Victorian times, how they were made, and also that Redditch used to produce 90% of the needles in the world!
A lot of the original Victorian machinery remains and you can still see it working if you visit on a Tuesday afternoon or at the weekend, barring mechanical problems!

Bordersley Abbey is an extensively excavated medieval abbey, which you can learn all about in the Visitor Centre, which is set in a reconstructed 16th century barn. The centre displays a number of archeological finds from the Abbey, with exhibits to show what they have told archeologists about the life of the Cistercians monks that used to live there, from what they used to wear to the illness that they suffered.
Check online beofre you visit for information about Family Activities and events, plus the Little Exporer's Programme held in September and October.

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Opening hours

Open 2 February to 27 November 2016. 2 Feb - 24 March: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm 25 Mar - 30 Sep: Monday to Friday 11am to 4.30pm Weekends 11am to 4pm 1 Oct - 27 Nov: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 4pm Weekends 1pm to 4p


Adult £5.10 Senior £3.90 Child £1.70 Family ticket £11.40

Travel & Contact Information


Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8HY, England

Phone number

01527 62509



Click here to visit Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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