Heritage Open Days, 11th & 12th September 2021

Want to see an ancient craft in action? Learn about a 250-hundred-year-old family business? See grand Victorian architecture?

Then look no further than the Loughborough Bellfoundry for a once in a lifetime experience!

Visit us this weekend to walk through industrial history, witnessing the astonishing craftsmanship of John Taylor Bells.

Taylor bells are world-renowned and closer to home they are ever-present in our lives, so you’ll never be far from the sound of a Taylor bell. You certainly shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience where they come from.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our expert tour guides and taken around the historical buildings, which were built in 1859 and have largely remained the same since their construction. You can then have fun listening to tower bell ringing, practice the art of handbell ringing, or even witness a bell casting in action.

Bring your children along for family-friendly activities such as the Bellmaker’s Trail, brass rubbing, or play-doh bell moulding with authentic bell inscriptions.

Event Times

Saturday, 11th September: 11:00 – 16:00
Sunday, 12th September: 11:00 – 15:00

The main site is free to explore, but bookings for the bell casting will be taken on the day, so make sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment. It will be on a first come first served basis. Bell castings will take place at 13:00 on Saturday and Sunday.


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 638 500 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.