The town of Redditch became an internationally important centre for the manufacture of needles and fishing tackle in the 19th century. It remains an important centre for light industry today. Redditch expanded rapidly in the 1960s as a designated 'New Town' using modern planning, this included the creation of Arrow Valley Country Park. Redditch Bus Station is below the Shopping Centre, just across the road from the railway station. Redditch PlusBus tickets are valid for local bus journeys, including to Forge Mill Neeedle Museum (see below).
The museum in the mill buildings tells the story of needle making in Redditch with models, recreated scenes and
the original working waterwheel and machinery (see website for operating days). Guided tours available (see website).
The ruins of medieval Bordesley Abbey are ¼ mile from Museum and a Visitor Centre explains the history of the Abbey
with displays of archaeological finds from the site. Play area. Coffee Bar and picnic area.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1100-1400. Mar/Apr/Oct, TWThF 1100-1600, SSu 1300-1600.
Bus 58 (57 return) from Bus Station to Meadowhill Road (4 minutes journey) then ¼ mile walk. M-S every 10 minutes, Sun every 15 minutes. Redditch PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by Diamond Bus.
Home to the Throckmorton family since 1409, Coughton Court is still very much a family home with an intimate feel.
Discover the history of the Catholic family, including their link to the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
Gardens with riverside walk and roses. Café.
Open Apr-Sep, WThFSSu 1100-1700.
Bus X19/247 from Bus Station to entrance shortly after Studley. 20-25 minutes journey. X19 M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 2 hours, operated by Stagecoach. 247 M-S only, about hourly, operated by Diamond Bus. Redditch PlusBus tickets are NOT valid for this journey.
Buses also operate from Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon.