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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Silk Top Hat Tour - Birmingham’s Aston Hall and the Jewellery quarter

Aston Hall is a grade I listed building, with the hall restored to its Jacobean splendour.  Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which contains intriguing attractions. The Pen Museum is based in an imposing red brick former pen factory, celebrating the Birmingham pen trade during the 1800s.  The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers Coffin Museum are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery working again, you can experience how this old firm, established in 1882, once operated in its heyday in the 1960’s, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture.  The museum and its tours celebrate a time when England was regarded as the template for funerary pomp and extravagance.

Closing date: Thursday 13th October is the last day for bookings. Please book your places in good time.

Charges: Coach £20 / £18. Admission to Aston Hall £8/£6, to be paid with coach fare; entry to the Pen Museum £5/£4, entry to the Coffin Works £6/£5.

Timings: The coach departs from the top of Corve Street, Ludlow (outside the florist’s) at 9.00 am and arrives at Aston Hall at about 10.40am. We leave from the Jewellery Quarter at 4.30pm, returning to Ludlow by about 6.15pm.
Refreshments: There is a picnic area and small café at Aston Hall (no hot food.) There is a cosy 1960’s themed café with pyrex cups and a flask at the Coffin Works.

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