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Museum - Industrial, £1.65-£4.90

Forge Mill Needle Museum

Forge Mill Needle Museum

Forge Mill Needle Museum


Jo-Ann Gloger

01527 62509


Needle Mill Lane,
B98 8HY


The Forge Mill Needle Museum tells the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of needle making in Victorian times. The Mill is a listed building which houses original water powered machinery. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made and how Redditch came to dominate the world needle trade. In 1983 the Museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Take a step back in time and experience the atmosphere of a Victorian needle-polishing mill. The scouring mill is the only one of its kind remaining in the world!

Contemporary textiles
The museum has become a regional centre for textile lovers. We have a varied and lively programme of temporary exhibitions, housed in the Mill, which include displays of textiles and various subjects including local history, art and crafts.

Gift Shop
The shop stocks souvenirs associated with the mill and the abbey site. It also has a comprehensive selection of needles, including specialist curved needles. There is a mail order service available for needle purchases and the shop can sometimes help with unusual needle requests.

Abbey Meadows Coffee Bar
The Abbey Meadows Coffee Bar outlet provides light refreshments for visitors to the Museum and also offers catering services for museum events, group visits or special functions.

From April - September the café-bar is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 4pm.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Open: February - November


Adults: £4.90
Senior Citizens: £3.80
Children: £1.65
Family: £11.10
Family: £10.60
Free admission on Wednesdays for Redditch residents on presentation of ID with address and postcode.



See location of Forge Mill and Bordesley Abbey on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SP 045685  Lat: 52.31504 Long: -1.93425

By Road:
Take J2 off M42, A441 south towards Redditch, museum off 2nd roundabout after motorway.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired