Visiting The Guild
BOTH members and non-members are welcome to visit The Lace Guild’s headquarters — The Hollies which is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and on the first Saturday of each month from 10.00am to 3.00pm February to November.
No appointment is needed on Fridays, although groups over five in number are asked to contact The Hollies in advance. Please contact us beforehand to make an appointment if you would like to visit from Monday to Thursday. On the first Saturday of the month in February, May, August and November, a curator from the Museum will be on hand to identify lace or give information on lace that is brought in. Entrance is free to members. Non-members are asked for a donation of at least £1.00.
Travel directions to The Hollies and details of facilities for disabled are given below. Because of staffing resources at The Lace Guild, visitors with special requirements are asked to telephone the Lace Guild before their visit.
Getting to The Lace Guild
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The Hollies is on the A491 between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton. 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 and turn off along the A461 to Dudley.
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.
Facilities for the disabled
Physically disabled visitors
The Exhibition Room is 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. A downstairs toilet is available but is not fitted out for disabled use.
The Library is on the first floor, but books can be brought down if required. The library catalogue can be consulted at any time on the Library page.
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.