J.B.Banks and Son Ltd

J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, Cockermouth: Hours, Address, J.B.Banks and Son Ltd Reviews: 5/5

J.B.Banks and Son Ltd
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Established in 1836, this traditional ironmongers & hardware shop contains a wealth of original features, from the 22 ft mahogany counter and all the drawers behind to the unusual counter made of keys. Go through the rear door & step back in time. See the workshop dating back to Georgian times, office and more. Great for adults & kids alike.
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rjcjtraveller
Leeds, UK443 contributions
Mar 2022
As well as being a genuine iron monger/ DIY shop the museum (free entry) is fascinating showing a wealth of tools, devices, memorabilia from the past.
Written 25 March 2022
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scubacol11
Rotherham, UK1,817 contributions
Jan 2022
A great old fashioned hardware/ iron mongers,stuffed full of stuff your dad remembers using years ago,we went in just to look round but due to the amazing stock nearly found something we have been looking for for ages,the owner is chatty and helpful surgesting a look round the free museum in the rear of the shop,but we did not have the time unfortunately.The whole shop just reminds you of the Two Ronnies O"s sketch so you expect Mr Barker to pop up from behind the counter at any moment,Joking aside its a great little shop with loads of useful stock,well worth a visit.
Written 14 January 2022
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,100 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Sweet at the back of a working ironmongers this is an interesting look into the tops of work that they used to do. Probably off more interest to someone with an interest in engineering and ironmongery still an interesting free museum to have a look around.
Written 19 September 2021
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daytripman2015
Birmingham, UK64 contributions
May 2021
This shop and its adjacent museum are a joy to behold with staff who know the stock backwards, A proper place for proper people
Written 16 June 2021
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Fennis Gates
County Durham, UK5 contributions
Sep 2020
Used this Hardware Store many times, but this trip they saved my life, Lock bust in door, Luckly we had back door and this Family helped me by given me tools to do job.
I travel all over the country never found a small hardware family shop so GREAT.
PLUS, A must is the museum upstairs.
But make plenty time to look round, IT IS GREAT.
Written 25 October 2020
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Youngatheart6248
Preston, UK466 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The shop itself is fascinating, with a huge range of goods on sale but you must go through to the back where they have an unimaginable collection of tools, equipment, signs, etc etc - this collection/museum of bygones is incredible.
You could spend hours here and still not see everything.
And it’s free - though do put something in their collection box.
Written 23 September 2020
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Bouquet12
Wigton, UK36 contributions
Nov 2019
I’ve been a customer here for many years. In some ways it is like going back in time as there is a lovely old world atmosphere of a place that’s been lovingly kept for a great many years. At the same time it is definitely part of the 21st century. The staff are friendly and helpful with a knowledge which is good to know in an age when many places have staff who know nothing of the products they sell.
Written 10 September 2020
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Helen
Chester, UK18 contributions
Aug 2020
Well worth a visit. This museum is unique. My partner found it particularly interesting given the inordinate quantity of old gadgets it has. Entrance is free but donations are welcomed. Look out for the old well INSIDE the shop!
Written 2 August 2020
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PhoebeYorks
Yorkshire32 contributions
Aug 2019
We've visited J.B. Banks and Son Ltd on a number of occasions and this unique place fills me with joy. It has everything you could need in hardware and more... and the heritage museum at the back of the shop is good for the soul, reflecting times gone by. We are so looking forward to calling in again now the shop is open once more.
Written 1 July 2020
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Trevor M
Barrow-upon-Humber225 contributions
Feb 2020
The shop itself is lovely with all its Georgian fittings still in place. Buy something! The museum is a bit random but you have to take it as you find it.
Written 29 February 2020
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J.B.Banks and Son Ltd is open:
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00