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Coffin Works

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Fascinating and unusual place to visit

I found this museum on a website detailing things to visit in Birmingham. It was excellent value... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KatKent1
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Kent, UK
Saturday morning visit

After walking for 30 minutes we finally food the Coffin Works. The tour had already started so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anita F
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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A Victorian Coffin Fittings factory, restored by Birmingham Conservation Trust and opened as a museum in October 2014. The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery...more
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13-15 Fleet Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this museum on a website detailing things to visit in Birmingham. It was excellent value for money. I was the first customer of the day and received a personal guided tour of the factory and sewing room. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, answered...More

Thank KatKent1
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! We are really glad you found us and decided to visit. Very lucky and unusual to have the personal tour experience - first tour of the day is often the biggest group. We like both though - our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

After walking for 30 minutes we finally food the Coffin Works. The tour had already started so they allowed us to go through and join the group, and told that we could pay at the end. THe guide was Cornelius who made the tour interesting...More

Thank Anita F
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Anita! We are really glad that you found us, we know how confusing the roads are in the city centre with all the roadworks. I'll show Cornellius this review - thank you!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a big as we thought, but interesting insight into past history and working conditions. Amazing to see personal belongings left at work places.More

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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! The Newman Brothers factory is a very typical Jewellery Quarter manufactory which tended to be narrow buildings but go back from the street a long way to maximise space. This was known as 'backshopping'. 50% of the original factory space...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had some free time in Birmingham and decided to book the tour. The building itself is beautiful and the staff were lovely;they make you feel very welcome from the moment you open the door and step inside. Cornelius was our tour guide. He was...More

Thank MarisaRV
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your lovely review Marisa, We are really glad you enjoyed the tour and the whole experience. Cornellius will be pleased too!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little gem of a museum. The staff are so keen, making the tours so much more interesting. A guided tour is the only way of seeing the artefacts & learning the history. You will learn & see a great deal., Recommended

Thank DinagGO
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review - and for mentioning the team! Everyone works hard to make sure visitors enjoy their time here because we are so passionate about the history of Newman Brothers.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic way to spend a little of tour Sunday afternoon in the amazing Coffin works museum. Our guide today was Leigh who was incredibly knowledgable and made a really fascinating aspect of Birmingham’s history come alive. The rest of the team at the museum were...More

Thank Daniel S
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Daniel, we are chuffed that you enjoyed your visit to the Coffin Works. I'll make sure the team from Sunday, especially Leigh see this too!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last October 2017 ,some of the volunteers came to coventry museum to give a talk about how the Coffin works had become a museum .I arranged with my siblings and their partners to visit .We were booked in and as we arrived early we were...More

Thank Mary38677
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review Mary! It's perfect timing that I should read this review today - because the volunteers who gave that talk - David and Pam are actually in tonight debuting a new version of the talk with additional Second City...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away but in central Birmingham this was quite entertaining with demonstrations and exhibits. Well worth a visit especially when it included Prosecco!

Thank Teresa B
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Teresa - glad it was a hit. We'll be doing more of these in the future so glad to know you enjoyed the added Prosecco!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had visited the Pen Museum and this museum is only a short walk away. Booked onto a tour - they are on the hour and the only way to visit. Cornelius, our guide was very knowledgeable. He told us the history of the company and...More

Thank Gardengirl332017
JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The stamp room is my favourite too because I love the working machinery. I'm sorry that you weren't so keen on the shroud room - although we do understand that its quite emotive for visitors because of the closer association with the body. The shrouds...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant opportunity for guided tour of small industrial metal pressing centre. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the working environment of this place which was abandoned as it stood so all you see is original.

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SMBSLT
19 July 2018|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the admission charge is £6.60 and the visit is a guided tour only which should be pre booked, there isn't much of a shop .
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8 March 2016|
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Response from janwT2714TR | Reviewed this property |
I am fortunate enough to have an imaginative daughter who puts some thought into taking me somewhere different for Mothers Day. I had an excellent time - much better than all those mothers who got an overpriced bunch of... More
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wbninfo
25 August 2015|
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Response from Suze_Carter | Property representative |
Thanks for getting in touch. There is a charge of £5 adults, £4 concessions and £3 children for one hour's guided factory tours. We are opening on 13 September all day for free, however, as part of this years's Heritage... More
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