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Museum Closure


The Museum will be closed (other than for pre-arranged tours

from Tuesday 31st March to Thursday 2nd April (both dates included).


We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.



Why not organise a visit to Taylor's Bell Foundry

it makes a fascinating day out!

Taylor's Loughborough Bell Foundry


The museum at John Taylor & Co, tells the story of the Bellfoundry going right back to its links with bellfounding in the 13th Century.

An extensive range of exhibits and memorabilia tells the story of one of the oldest manufacturing industries in the world.

The Museum is normally open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from

10.00 am till 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm till 4.00 pm. (last admission ¾ hour before closing)

Admission to Museum only

Adults: £4.00                 Children (6 to 16) £2.00

For visits to the Museum please telephone before travelling to confirm opening times

as the Museum is closed when tours are taking place


Full tours of the Museum and Works are for Groups of 10 or more people

and by prior arrangement only £10 for Adults, £5 for Children.

 It may be possible to join an existing tour if there are spaces available.

 Please telephone the Main Works on 01509 212241 and speak to Mary for details.

A recent addition - two mediaeval bells from the closed church of St Peter at Flawborough.

They now hang in an early Taylor cast iron "A" frame dating from the later part of  the Victorian era. 

Located over two floors there are lots of displays to look at including a room full of bells from different ages and different founders. This display has a wooden mallet so you can sound the bells and see for yourself which sounds best. The best way to learn about the foundry past and present is to book onto one of our guided tours.

A tour in process visiting the engineering works before going across the road to the foundry

Bell wheels being manufactured in the woodshop

Tours can sometimes be arranged on dates when bells or other casting is taking place, and visitors can watch the whole spectacular process from the safety of a viewing platform above the foundry floor - check availability with Mary Barrass on 01509 212241.

Pouring the molten bell metal from the furnace into a crucible prior to casting the bell.

A new bell being cast - viewed by visitors from the safety of our specially built gallery above the foundry floor.

Tours also include a visit to our tuning shop to see bells being tuned

The museum also has a shop selling souvenirs and unusual bell related gifts which are ideal as presents for the bell enthusiast in your family.

New bell frames being constructed in the works - an "H" frame behind & "Lowside" frame in front.

Taylor's Foundry Ringing Chamber with its ring of twelve bells - tenor 6 cwts.


For groups of bellringers we also offer the opportunity to ring on our ring of twelve bells (Tenor 6 cwts) with its spacious ringing chamber in the Foundry's crook room.

It's a tight squeeze for Kevin up in the bell chamber with a ring of twelve in a small tower

The Bellfoundry Tower which houses a ring of twelve

bells (tenor 6 cwts) with the company flag flying above.



John Taylor & Co
The Bellfoundry
Freehold Street
LE11 1AR
Tel: +44 (0)1509 212241
Fax: +44 (0)1509 263305