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Coffin Works

13-15 Fleet Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP, England
+44 121 233 4790
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Fascinating and Unique Place!

We traveled up from Kent to Birmingham and our must visit place was the Coffin Works! We had a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Natasha B
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Really enjoyed the tour

We really enjoyed the tour with our guide Cornelius. He was really passionate about the museum and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Catgirl32
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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 working again, you can truly experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world's finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.
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13-15 Fleet Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We traveled up from Kent to Birmingham and our must visit place was the Coffin Works! We had a really fascinating tour with the lovely Nicki this afternoon. She gave us so much information about the incredible craft that was involved in creating coffin jewellery...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed the tour with our guide Cornelius. He was really passionate about the museum and this really made the factory come to life. It was great to hear the stories of the people who worked in the factory and imagine their working conditions....More

Thank Catgirl32
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On arrival the revelation that they didn't make coffins here had me worried. I needn't have. what followed was a super interesting tour of the old coffin furniture factory by our guide Russ. The factory pretty much left as it was when last used in...More

Thank Christopher F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited here before but was unable to complete the full tour due to needing to catch a train! It was well worth a return visit. You hear about the history of the factory, how they made what they made, the people who worked...More

Thank AndreaJ70
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many thanks Cornelius for our superb tour yesterday. You brought the past alive for us with your personal, heartfelt and knowledgeable recounting of the history of Newman Brothers and the people who worked there. Often touching and then funny, your commentary allowed us a glimpse...More

Thank wanderlustmum64
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful couple of hours having a tour of this preserved factory. A real insight into working lives of the time. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to be the only one on the midday tour on a rainy day and had Cornelius, my guide, all to myself! The tour was very informative and relaxed and gave a fascinating insight into the lives of the workers and the...More

Thank crumpets4tea
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go back in history to explore the dying arts of the past. A quirky guided tour that is both educational and enjoyable. Places like this just emphasise what Birmingham provided to industry.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought we were going to see coffins and how they were made etc but it was about the metal 'furniture' that goes on the exteria and the sewing machines that the shrouds were made & the tea lady. The staff are lovely. It was...More

Thank Sheila G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A different museum. A great guide will take you around the museum in about an hour. It is a time capsule of a metal works making handles, plaques and other metal pieces for coffins. Pretty well unchanged since the 19th century, you can see the...More

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Josie W, Operations and Volunteer Assistant at Coffin Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this review - 'it really is more interesting than it sounds' really made me smile! Your review is a perfect summary of the factory. Thank you as well for pointing out theoffer with NXBus - for £1.50 off adult tickets...More

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RaistlinEyes
8 March 2016|
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Response from Jan W | 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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PamY_11
18 May 2015|
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Response from Suze_Carter | Property representative |
Hi Pam our tours run daily including Saturdays on the hour from 12 until 3, then a shorter tour at a quarter past four. We are closed Mondays. The tour lasts about 1 hour and costs £5 adult, £4 concessions and £3 child. you... More
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