Visiting The Lace Guild Headquarters at The Hollies, Stourbridge
In line with recent UK Government advice, the Lace Guild will temporarily close to visitors from Wednesday 17 March until further notice. At this time our priority has to be the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff, but we will continue to review this situation and provide further updates via our website and social media.
Visit The Hollies to see the Museum and Gallery, and browse in the Library.
Bring your own lace to discuss with the Museum curator.
Every Wednesday - Friday 10am-3pm
Please contact The Hollies in advance for groups of 5 or more.
First Saturday in the month 10am-3pm
(February - November)
Visitors with special needs
are asked to contact The Hollies in advance, so that we can make sure the right staff and facilities are available. See below for more information.
Free entry, donations gratefully received!
A curator from the museum will be present on the first Saturdays of February, May, August and November to identify lace or give information on lace that is brought in.
The Museum Reserve Collection
Please make an appointment in advance if you wish to see or study items from the Museum's Reserve Collection.
Getting to The Hollies
The Hollies is on the A491 between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton. (The name of the road is 'Audnam' at that point.)
The front door faces the main road; the back door and small car park are reached from an entrance on Junction Road. Travelling by road from the south or east, leave the M5 at junction 4 and take the A491 to Stourbridge; continue on the A491, when you join the ring-road, keep in the outside lane (Wolverhampton exit), go through the 3rd main set of traffic lights, over the brow of the hill, 3rd little road on your left you will find Junction Road, turn here and immediately right through the gates into The Lace Guild car park. Please do not park outside as that is a private car park and does not belong to us. From the north, leave the M6 at junction 12, take the A5 towards Telford then turn left at the first roundabout towards Wolverhampton on the A449. Follow this through Wolverhampton then take the A491 to Stourbridge. After Kingswinford look out for the Redhouse Glass Cone on the left, then the VW dealer on the right immediately before The Hollies.
The Hollies can be reached by bus from Wolverhampton or Stourbridge. The No. 256 bus runs every 30 minutes between the stations of the two towns — ask for Chemix or the VW Garage — exact fare is needed. Journey time from Wolverhampton is approx 45 minutes, 10 minutes from Stourbridge. Other buses run from Stourbridge past The Hollies: the 16 and the 17, running every 15 minutes between them.
There are frequent rail services from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton, and some indirect services from New Street to Stourbridge Junction (change at Smethick Galton Bridge), with more frequent direct services from Moor Street and Snow Hill stations. Change at Stourbridge Junction for Stourbridge Town, then take a bus to reach The Hollies.
Additional Information For Visitors With Special Needs
Physically disabled visitors
The Exhibition Room and Library are on the ground floor. There is an entrance with a level path for wheelchairs at the back of the building. Please phone if any other assistance is needed, e.g. reserved parking space. We have a downstairs toilet available for access.
The Reference Library, Archive and Reserve Collection are on the first floor. Arrangements can be made for research students.
Visitors with impaired hearing
An information sheet for visitors with impaired hearing will be given on entry. Paper and pencil will be provided to enable other communication. Arrangements can be made for sign support for group visits.
Visitors with impaired vision
Information and exhibition lists are available in large print. All Lace Guild forms and information sheets can be copied to a larger size and magnifying lenses provided on request. Blind visitors can be guided round the building and furnished with items that can be handled.