Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th Century barn, shows many of the finds that have been excavated over the years.

Visitor Centre outer courtyard

The exhibits show what the archaeologists have discovered about the life of the Cistercians monks of Bordesley - from how they worshiped, to the clothes they wore, to the illnesses they suffered.

Bordesley Abbey had one of the earliest metal working mills in the country and you can see the preserved timbers from the mill on display, as well as many of the metal items that would have been made there.

The Visitor Centre houses the shop where a selection of souvenir guide books for both the Abbey and the Needle Mill can be bought. Also ice creams, cold drinks and confectionary are available as well as a wide selection of needles.

Within the visitor centre is a room which can be hired for groups, workshops or meetings at a cost of £75 for a full day and £40 for a half day.

Surrounding the Visitor Centre is a large pleasant area of grassed space with picnic tables for visitors to use and enjoy.

Reconstructed archways around the inner courtyard
Floral displays around the Visitor Centre
Through to the lawns and picnic area

Showcase of excavated remains from the Abbey site
More displays of archaeological remnants
Medieval timbers from the Abbey site