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Housed in a historic and unusual 18th century Butcher's Shambles, this unique museum provides a fascinating insight into the growth and trades of the town, the lives of its people and the crafts of the surrounding Wyre Forest area.
The Shambles The Shambles was originally built in 1784 to house the town's butchers. It now contains galleries, displays and craft studios. Find out about the rich history of the Wyre Forest area through fascinating displays and hands-on activities.
The Town Jails
Dare to enter the old Town Jails and learn about the crimes of the 19th Century.
The Air Raid Shelter
Go underground in the World War II air raid shelter. Guided tours help to recreate the 1940s experience.
During the second world war, Bewdley’s Post Office was housed in the large black and white building next door to the Museum. Its Air Raid Shelter was built in 1940 by the Ministry of Defence, for the use of the staff employed in, and by, the Post Office
The air raid shelter is open subject to the availability of our volunteers. To avoid any disappointment, please ring the museum prior to your visit to check that the shelter will be open.
The Brass Foundry
Explore the 250 year old Brass Foundry, hear stories from the people who worked there.
Christopher Bancks came to Bewdley in 1697. He was one of the country’s most famous brassfounders and pewterers. The brass foundry was owned by several generations of his family until 1828. It continued to trade under a succession of owners until 1923, when it was purchased by H J Exley whose family ran the foundry until it finally closed in 1964.
The Herb Garden
Relax in the recently Museum's Herb Garden and see a working watermill and bee garden.
The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens provides an area for quiet contemplation and features a recently restored orchard.
11am - 3pm Fri, Sat & Sun (4th November - 15th December) exceptions are special events - see website for details
SO 786753 52.37543 -2.31575
B4190 off the A456 Kidderminster - Leominster Road.
Bewdley is 4 miles to the west of Kidderminster off the A456 Leominster Road, on the B4190. The museum is in Bewdley town centre & is signposted from the main car parks.
By Public Transport:
No 2 Bus stops at Kidderminster Station and stops at Load Street in Bewdley approx 100 yards from the museum.
: 5 miles from Kidderminster station
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted
- Smoking not allowed