The Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel Street, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6HE

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The Framework Knitters Museum, Credit Simon Ford


The history of framework knitting is an amazing story of inventiveness, creativity, poverty and riots. And it all started right here in Nottinghamshire!

The award-winning Framework Knitters Museum is one of the only places left in the country where you’ll find the working and living conditions of this important, contentious and dangerous industry perfectly preserved for you to experience and explore.

A unique surviving example of a 19th century framework knitters’ yard, their site has been lovingly restored as a living history museum. You’ll discover how framework knitters and their families lived and worked there in Victorian times – the sights, the sounds and even the smells!

You will lean about the 400 year history of framework knitting, from its role in the Industrial Revolution to the infamous Luddite riots of the 1800s, and how framework knitting gave birth to the Nottingham lace industry.

Watch live demonstrations of their machines, try your hand at knitting on a 19th-century sock machine, see a collection of hosiery spanning 200 years, perhaps watch a short film, and then relax with a cup of tea in the garden or teashop before checking out the museum craftshop.

For special events and exhibitions, see their website.

The local community saved the site from the bulldozer in 1971. It is now operated as a Charitable Trust and has recently been expanded with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Adults £4.00; students £3.00; children £2.00; family ticket £10.00.

Group bookings accepted for day or evening visits all year round.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
STUDENT PRICE£3.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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  • Dogs Accepted
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Contact establishment for details.
  • French printed material
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Languages spoken

  • Braille

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking.

Opening Times

April - September (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sep 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday11:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
October - December (1 Oct 2022 - 21 Dec 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday11:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
February - March (2 Feb 2023 - 31 Mar 2023)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday11:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00

* Last entry to the museum at 4:00pm.
The museum is also open all Bank Holiday from 11am to 4pm.
Closed for essential maintenance and conservation works from 22 December to 31 January.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' Winner 2014

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