THE MUSEUM, GROUNDS AND COFFEE BAR ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 10.00am
[SEE OUR OPENING HOURS PAGE FOR FULL DETAILS]

Forge Mill Needle Museum

Experience the fascinating story of needle making in Victorian times

Bordesley Abbey

Explore the excavated ruins of this medieval Cistercian Abbey

Visitor Centre

Learn the history of Bordesley Abbey from development to destruction

No Guided Tour on Tue 18 June

Please note that our weekly guided tour of Forge Mill that occurs each Tuesday at 11.00am will not be taking place on Tuesday 18 June. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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.

Then and Now Exhibition at Forge Mill

Now and Then

Wed 5 June to Sun 14 July

Midsummer Soiree at Forge Mill

Midsummer Soiree

Fri 21 June
5.00 to 9.00pm

80s Night in the Cloisters at Forge Mill

80s Night in the Cloisters

Sat 13 July
7.00 to 10.30pm

Picnic and Pimms event at Forge Mill

Picnic and Pimms

Sat 20 July
5.00 to 9.00pm

The Secret Garden at Forge Mill

Outdoor Theatre: The Secret Garden

Sat 10 August
4.30pm

Guided Tours of Forge Mill