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Forge Mill & Bordesley Abbey – Bordesley Abbey & Visitor Centre

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

This unique heritage site tells both the history of needle making in the listed Victorian water scouring Forge Mill and the story of the 12th Century Cistercian Bordesley Abbey ruins, in the adjoining Visitor Centre.


Visit Website

01527 62509

The ruins of Bordesley Abbey are only a short walk from the Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre. The medieval Cistercian Abbey has been extensively excavated. The Visitor Centre tells the story of the Abbey from its early development in the 12th Century to its destruction in the 16th Century following the dissolution of the monasteries.

Encounter a human skeleton from the 15th century and learn about medieval death and disease. Hear the spooky ghost story of the black dog of Arden!

See the unique 800-year old medieval mill timbers from the earliest metal working mill in the country

Discover how the 12th Century monks and lay brother worked and worshiped.

Explore the remains of the Abbey accompanied by Brother Nicholas in our free audio tour of the site

01527 62509

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  • Accepts groups
  •   Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toilets
  •   Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  •   Facilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Gift shop
  • On-site catering
  •   Picnic site
  •   Public toilets
  •   Smoking not allowed


Museum admission rates apply for access to the Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Opening Times

Abbey site is open access all year round. Visitor Centre is open February - November

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