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Forge Mill Needle Museum

Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, B98 8HY

Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch is an unusual and fascinating place to visit. This historic site illustrates the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries.

Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced 90% of the world’s needles.

On the same site, just a very short walk from Forge Mill Museum, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey – a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been extensively excavated.

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th century barn, tells the extraordinary story of the Abbey from its development in the 12th century to its destruction in 1538 by Henry VIII during the dissolution.

One of the most unique museums in Worcestershire and the West Midlands, the museum also has an excellent Coffee Bar and a superb Gift Shop selling souvenirs and a good selection of the finest quality needles, many of which are locally produced. We also stock unusual needles and offer a mail order service.

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Opening Times

Main season - 23rd March - 31st October 2024

Museum, shop and visitor centre - Open daily

10.00 - 16.00

Grounds and coffee bar - Open daily

10.00 - 16.30

Guided tours of Forge Mill are run every Tuesday at 11.00am from April to September inclusive. Normal museum entry charge applies.

Late Autumn season - 1st - 24th November 2024

Museum, shop and visitor centre - Open daily

10.00 - 15.00

Grounds and coffee bar - Open daily

10.00 - 15.00

Last admission is one hour before closing time.

The waterwheel and original Victorian mill machinery is currently undergoing repairs, but would normally be working on Tuesday afternoons and weekends (March to October), and also for schools and group visits. Please contact the museum for the latest updates.






Family ticket


Entry includes –
Bordesley Abbey Ruins Site
Forge Mill Grounds
Coffee Bar [1]
Children’s Play Area
Gift Shop
Forge Mill Needle Museum
Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Special Exhibitions [2]


Car Parking


Baby Changing

Picnic Site


Disabled Access

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