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John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum

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Address: The Bell Foundry Freehold Street, Loughborough LE11 1AR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1509 212241
10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 16:00

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A fascinating look at engineering as it used to be before computers: making church bells and fittings in a works over a century old. There is fascinating museum too [if you like... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Derby, United Kingdom

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A fascinating look at engineering as it used to be before computers: making church bells and fittings in a works over a century old. There is fascinating museum too [if you like bells], including such things as a bell of a wreck buoy and the "scramble" bell from a WW II fighter base.You are encouraged to be hands on and... More 

Thank DerbyGrandad
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This was a special trip for my Bell-mad son's 11th Birthday treat. The tour was really informative, and great to see the Foundry working, the cast pour was most impressive. It was lucky to see the Southwark Cathedral Bells awaiting repair, especially as we rung these for the Birthday treat last year!! The ring of 12 was another bonus, it... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Went on an organised tour, which cost £10 and lasted about 2 hours. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and readily answered questions. I never realised such places still exist - they cast new bells, refurb old bells and can even re-tune them. Such a wonderful place to visit and good to see that the old skills are being kept... More 

Thank keithc299
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This ticks all the boxes. Its a great day out ..very interesting..I came away feeling enlightened, enthused and very proud of the work that goes on at the bell foundary..

Thank allenschmallen
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The bell foundry was making bells for church, and the tour we had was ok, but lacked professionalism. There was no meet and greet or welcome, after wandering around the small museum, a video suddenly appeared on a screen, which eventually caught everyone's attention and conversations stopped. I think was meant to be the official start of the tour, but... More 

Thank SMK268
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

On a whim I went with a group of bell ringers from Ossett to watch their new bell being cast, not knowing what to expect. I found the tour to be fascinating, the guide excellent, and the Victorian ambience of the place delightful, and learned a lot about bells in the process.

Thank John H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This place is very, very boring as it is just bell after bell. Also, it is disgusting how dirty some of the workers were as they had dirt all over their hands and face. The souvenirs are priced stupidly high. If you are a pensioner, you might find it interesting as only old people would find this place interesting.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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393 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This "factory" is like none other - you are literally taken back 150 years in seeing their premises, the practices of making bells etc. Do go on this tour its certainly not one to miss

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Rothley, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Once again with our American friends. A short tour of the works but no casting. The site is truly Victorian but bell making goes back nearly 1000years. You can't fail to be impressed with the history within these walls. But it is still a living business not just a tourist attraction and the business naturally takes precedence. You need closed... More 

Thank Maxonian206
Leicester, United Kingdom
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184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

I've passed the foundry so many times and I finally got around to visiting. Very interesting, the tour guide was excellent so much information about the history of the foundry as well as what is happening currently. Fabulous for Loughborough to have the world's largest bell foundry. Such an important place in a small Midlands town. If you have an... More 

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