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Full Foundry Tour

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Event Start Date: 31/05/2022
Event End Date: 30/08/2022


Step back in time with us as we take you into the heart of the ancient craft of bellfounding! Join one of our expert guides to explore the unique artisanal skills that have been practised by John Taylor and Company at the Loughborough Bellfoundry since 1859.

The Full Foundry Tour includes the following:

- A short introductory talk and film in the Old Laboratory from one of our highly-knowledgeable expert guides 
- A tour of the main Works hall where bells from across the world arrive and dispatch for repairs
- A visit to the woodworking shop to see how bell wheels are crafted into their unique shape
- A visit to the tuning shop to learn about how the magical Taylor’s sound is created
- Access to the viewing platform overlooking the spectacular Victorian casting hall
- The chance to touch and ting bells from across the centuries in the museum 

Full Foundry Tours last approximately two hours. Please note that Taylor’s is a working foundry, so what you see on the day will vary according to current jobs. 
We must emphasise that we can only allow visitors onto the factory floor if they are wearing flat, completely closed shoes.


Ticket prices

Adult: £12.50
Concession (Student, 65+): £10.50
Child (age 9-16): £8.50
Please note that the full foundry works tour is not suitable for children under the age of nine.

We regret that there is currently no step-free access to the first floor of our museum, including the Old Laboratory activity space and the casting hall viewing platform.

Use the calendar below to view available dates and to book.

Please note that the museum will be close for major refurbishment work at the start of September 2022. If you wish to visit the museum and take a tour, we strongly recommend booking a slot prior to September 1st.

Should you have any queries about the booking process, please contact us on info@loughboroughbellfoundry.org or ring 01509 638 500



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Item Price With Gift Aid Donation Quantity
Child (9-16 years) £8.50 £9.35
Concession (Student, 65+) £10.50 £11.55
Adult £12.50 £13.75

A SMALL DONATION GOES A LONG WAY

Gift Aid Admissions - In purchasing an entry ticket as advertised above you are making a donation of at least 10% of your admission fee today to Loughboroughbellfoundry Shop (a registered society with charitable status.).

This means the Trust gets an extra 25p for every £1 you spend at no extra cost to you








A few terms & conditions

  • By generously choosing to pay the higher price, your entire ticket price can be treated as a donation and Loughboroughbellfoundry Shop will be able to reclaim 25% from HM Revenue and Customs. You are confirming that you will pay sufficient UK income/capital gains tax to cover this and all other gift-aided donations made in this tax year.
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