Ketley Quarry is a nationally important geosciences site that provides the best exposures of the junction between the Carboniferous Etruria and Halesowen Formations in the English Midlands.
This is an active quarry site, and recent agreements with the owners will conserve and make accessible key sections in the site for future educational and tourism groups. This site is being considered for its future use as an educational resource for engineering and environmental geology and extractive industries with the University of Birmingham. This is an outstanding section with an unconformity between the two formations. Access is by appointment at the moment, but on restoration of the workings it will be publicly available. Educational resources are planned for this site.
There is no visitor centre, cafe or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind
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Geosite The Red House Glass Cone is open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. It has a gift shop, craft studios, coffee house and toilets on site. Free car parking is also available. The coffee house offers a hot and cold menu with drinks and seasonal foods.
The White House Cone Museum of Glass, the former home of Stuart Crystal and now opposite the Red House Glass Cone will open during 2020. It will house the glass collection for the borough and overseen by the British Glass Foundation.
Ruskin Glass Centre, formerly the site of and Webb Corbett and Royal Doulton Crystal is home to over 25 craft businesses, has an organic café and the Glass House Heritage Centre offers guided tours providing the history and heritage of the site. Ruskin Glass Centre is part of Ruskin Mill Land Trust who specialise in educating young people with learning disabilities through a craft and land based curriculum. Admission is free and the centre's opening hours are from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.