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Coffin Works

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Well worth a visit but its a museum about coffin handles etc not coffins themselves

We thought that the coffin works would be about coffins but it turns out to be about how they made... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TheBagCarrier
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Great 90 mintes at the Coffin Works

This tour is a must for young and old. It is a part of life that we do not think about. We were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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 yesterday

We thought that the coffin works would be about coffins but it turns out to be about how they made the handles and other coffin adonments rather than the boxes themselves. Nevertheless it still provided a really interesting look into a dying art :) Our...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour is a must for young and old. It is a part of life that we do not think about. We were greeted by the team and shown how to clock on, this brought back memories for myself and our friends. Chris our guide...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an excellent museum with an evocative insight into the lives of people working at Newman Brothers. It is so fortunate that the building and its many accoutrements were saved at a time when this area of Birmingham was being redeveloped. It's like a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Sarah H, Museum Manager at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for sharing such a positive review and taking the time to describe exactly why you enjoyed your visit so much! I also think you've made Josie's day! She is one of our Volunteer & Operations Assistants and is a great asset to the Coffin...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were visiting the jewellery quarter but the weather was terrible so when went in the Coffin Works what a joy incredible place, the staff were very informative, we spent a very enjoyable time there would recommend

Date of experience: March 2019
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi John - thanks for your review - we are so glad we could brighten up a rainy day for you!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating insight into the development of Brum's funeral furniture suppliers, and into the hard working lives at it's start - the 12yr olds operating the acid baths for a year before being allowed to work in the other areas of the firm. Joyce Green's progress...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What a wonderful idea - we'll have to advertise as a Christening venue to families with a sense of humour. This summer this year we are definitely very popular for wedding receptions in our beautiful courtyard!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was with a group of students interested in the history and culture of the Jewellery Quarter. We were guided round by Chris, who is a died-in-the-wool and proud Brummie. His infectious enthusiasm and deep knowledge kept us fascinated and informed. This isn’t really much...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review Ian - I showed this to Chris and he was really complimentary about your group and how much he enjoyed the tour too! Thank you for visiting the coffin works and the Jewellery Quarter.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent small & quirky museum ... the best kind to visit. Brought to life by Chris our very knowledgeable guide. Great insight into the history and work of the Newman Brothers at the Coffin works . Evoked the social and economic history of Birmingham via...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this review - I've just sent it to Chris so he can have a read. I'm really happy you were able to visit on International Women's Day - Joyce and Dolly are big heroes here and no tour is complete without...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an evening tour of the works and the staff were excellent, accomodating, interesting, knowledgable, friendly. The works itself spread over several areas in separate buildings and up and down stairs, though I bellieve a lift was available. a diversity of workshops were visited...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Sally, we are so glad you enjoyed your evening tour! You are quite correct - there is a lift and ramp access available so the building is fully accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting and informative your of a local industrial unit of old. The tour was in the evening and led by very knowledgeable staff. Diverse aspects of the business from metal work to delicate fabric.

Date of experience: May 2018
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Sally! We're so happy that you enjoyed the tour and got to see it in the evening, which is a very atmospheric experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had booked on line and turned up a bit early and enjoyed a natter with the lady receptionist between the booking in of other visitors. Then our guide, Chris, arrived and took over. His knowledge of the company, its history, its employees, and the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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JosieW317, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review - I'll make sure Chris and Mary (who was the receptionist you nattered with) both see this! They will both be so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us.

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Alessandra A
13 December 2018|
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Response from KatKent1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I'm sorry but I have only just picked up your question. I can't remember the exact website I used as I just googled things to do in Birmingham and found the Coffin Works on it.
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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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Response from JanChesterfield | 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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