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John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum

The Bell Foundry Freehold Street, Loughborough LE11 1AR, England
+44 1509 212241
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Booked group tour of the bellfoundry on 29 June

14 of us (from Orpington U3A Industrial Archaeology group) booked a tour of the foundry - which... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Orpington, United Kingdom
An interesting and very enjoyable visit

Went in quite a large group - which led to problems hearing the guide at times. But sa a very good... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
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The Bell Foundry Freehold Street, Loughborough LE11 1AR, England
+44 1509 212241

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

14 of us (from Orpington U3A Industrial Archaeology group) booked a tour of the foundry - which, since the Whitechapel bellfoundry closed, is the only operating bellfoundry in England. Also, unlike Whitechapel, you see the working foundry - it's not just a museum of artifacts....More

Thank StellaCaroline
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Went in quite a large group - which led to problems hearing the guide at times. But sa a very good DVD of the whole process, together with historical items, the foundry and the tuning area. Well worth a visit.

Thank LichTraveller
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Fascinating tour showing how bells are cast and made including vital ingredients like manure. Including seeing a peel of bells at the end. Close to the Great Central Railway in Loughborough

Thank BootsMidlands
Reviewed 14 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...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...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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...More

Thank keithc299
Reviewed 30 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
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...More

Thank SMK268
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...More

Thank John H
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,...More

3  Thank Dot D
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