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THE BELLFOUNDRY, HOME TO HISTORIC BELLFOUNDERS JOHN TAYLOR AND COMPANY, IS A UNIQUE PLACE WITH GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

MUSEUM OPENING TIMES

Please note that our Museum and Tours are currently closed to the general public while we undergo major refurbishment works as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project to Save the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain.
If you are a client of John Taylor and Company who is looking to arrange a visit to see your bell being cast, please contact us direct.
To find out more about our Lottery project and get involved, head to the What’s On page where there are activities for you to get involved in while our building works are ongoing.
We will endeavour to reopen Foundry Tours to the public as soon as the progress of building works allows. For all the latest updates on our reopening, follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter or contact us direct on info@loughboroughbellfoundry.org.
SHOP OPENING TIMES

Our museum shop is currently closed.

Book a full foundry tour today

Our Full Foundry Tours bring you up close to the manufacturing process by taking you around the bellmaking workshops in the main factory building.The 2-hour tour also includes the museum.

How to find us

The Loughborough Bellfoundry Museum is located within the historic John Taylor Bellfoundry site at the following address:

LOUGHBOROUGH BELLFOUNDRY MUSEUM
FREEHOLD STREET,
LOUGHBOROUGH
LE11 1AR

GETTING HERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The nearest railway station is Loughborough, which is 0.5 miles (an 11 minute walk) away. Taxis are available at the station.

We are just 0.5 miles (or a ten minute walk) from the Great Central Railway Loughborough terminus.

It is 0.7 miles (a thirteen minute walk) to Queen’s Park in Loughborough town centre. The park is home to the Charnwood Museum and the Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum.

Please be aware there is a pub called the Bellfoundry and can therefore cause confusion, we advise visitors use our postcode or street name to best find us on a satnav.

We have introduced a number of safety and social distancing measures in response to Covid-19. All visitors must follow latest government guidance concerning the wearing of face coverings.

To further enhance your safety we will:

  • Use advance timed tickets and the government “Track and Race” QR code system.
  • Provide hand sanitising stations throughout the museum and offer complimentary PPE for visitors.
  • Sanitise any interactive equipment or handling objects between each group visit.
  • Operate an enhanced cleaning schedule.
  • Ensure museum staff and volunteers wear appropriate PPE.
  • Provide protective screens at the museum reception.
  • Where appropriate use social distancing floor markers throughout the museum.

Unfortunately there is currently no step-free access to the second floor of the museum, including the viewing platform that overlooks the casting hall. For further information about access to the foundry works and museum gallery spaces contact us on 01509 212 241 or info@loughboroughbellfoundry.org.

As a working industrial site, to access the foundry floor visitors must wear flat, completely closed shoes. We recommend that you avoid loose clothing and wrap up warmly in colder weather.

In order to stop the spread of the virus, we strongly recommend the use of contactless payment in our shop.

The full foundry works tour is only suitable for children aged 9+. You are welcome to bring younger children on a museum visit, though we regret that there is currently no step-free access to the first floor of the museum, including the casting hall viewing platform.