Blists Hill Victorian Town
Blists Hill Victorian Town
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Enjoy a fun family day out at this recreated Victorian Town. You can discover more about Victorian life as you meet the 'Victorian' townsfolk.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • SamB1939
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding!
    Second visit in a year and won't be our last. What makes this so great are the "Victorian" workers, who are so welcoming and happy to share their knowledge. Like another reviewer we did the photography experience. It's great fun and well worth the money for all the laughs. In fact, we noted that all the traditional things you could buy were well priced. A great day out!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Ian G
    Washington, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    Superb place and very authentic. Really enjoyed the shops and the excellent knowledge from the people therein. Special mention for Sarah in the chemist's shop who was an absolute delight to talk with. Pleased, too, that I now know more about green candles - history is such fun. Really worth a visit, and a revisit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 May 2023
  • David B
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    Had an enjoyable day here stepping back in time. Great to see everyone dressed up in the shops and really enjoyed the chips. Best to plan on spending a full day here to get your moneys worth. We were also lucky to have dry weather so could spend a decent amount of time outside. Would be nice if the price of parking was included in the ticket price but would recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Andrea B
    Longden-upon-Tern, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    We had a lovely day here during bank holiday! Lots to see, lovely coffee and fish and chips are a must! Don’t forget the ice cream on the way out, they are huge! As season ticket holders it’s great value for money!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Debbie T
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day out
    It’s great to go in the shops and spend your Victorian money. The staff were so knowledgeable and took the time to answer any questions. The bakers was a real treat and we couldn’t resist the bread pudding, shortbread and honey biscuits which were all made on site. The constable was brilliant and set the scene as soon as we arrived. His advice when we got there was to take our time going round which we did and managed to spend 6 hours going in and out of the exhibits. We even took our dog, Bailey, who was allowed everywhere except the bakers and the sweet shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Safari800253
    62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really informative and fun day
    Great day out! Most of the victorian shops or homes had someone in and they would tell you so many facts and bits of information. We had a walking tour around the museum which is included and the gentleman that did this tour was great, he knew so much and told us so many facts we didn't know! I love how you can buy little gifts in many of the shops, this felt so nostalgic. The people who work and ‘perform’ here really make this place! The only issue I would say could be improved is the railway mine train could be included in the price of the ticket as the ticket is already expensive and to add fair ground rides, horse ride, railway mine train on all adds up, and then at the end you have to pay for parking. Again I believe this could be part of the ticket price.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Freddy
    Wakefield, United Kingdom271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting day
    Not cheap but in my opinion well worth the money. Plenty of atmosphere with actors around the place and in the shops and buildings giving interesting information which sets the scene for your visit to the various areas. Lots to see but good shoes are required for the uneven surfaces which are obviously authentic for the time. Fish and chips are a must, cooked in beef fat you can sit in the pub beer garden next door or even in the pub to eat them with a pint. So many good things to see and do to experience a Victorian town together with interesting sites like the pit, brick works, foundry and canal which were originally on site before the museum. In addition to the fish and chips there is s cafe in the entrance which is good for drinks and snacks if like us you like to start the day with a coffee. Another café operating at the half way point of your visit if you do the whole site serving snacks, drinks and lite lunches and there is also a sweet shop. We spent six hours there so plan for the whole day and plan for £5 for parking which is the only thing I didn’t agree with, this should be included in the entrance fee. All in all a very good and interesting day for older couples like us reminiscing over our childhood but any age group really because it has as much interest for young families and there is a fair at the halfway point by the cafe. Make note it’s not included in the entry fee but not particularly expensive for the children’s rides and games.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Jo B
    Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day in Victorian times
    Visited on a Monday and although there were a couple school parties it was easy to avoid them. The staff were fabulous. Informative and friendly. We were there from 10 am until 2.30 pm. We bought biscuits from the bakery which were divine. Our favourite thing was the squatters cottage where the 'squatter' was fantastic. The staff in character were really great and we would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • louiseholistic
    Penarth, United Kingdom972 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place
    We visited with our museum pass. Friendly and engaging staff wherever we went. We ate at the cafe on our way in - had a tuna and cheese panini which came with a salad garnish and hubby had a baked potato with beans and coleslaw. With a tea and coffee the bill was £17. Nice to see staff dressed in costume and explaining their roles - the pharmacist and candle maker were particularly interesting. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Colin M
    Telford, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out - lots to see and friendly and informative staff and volunteers
    We have been many times before but were visiting with friends. The staff at the desk were very welcoming, and made sure our friends were aware of all the scheduled attractions. On entering we had an amusing chat with the Policeman, and after a short walk around joined the guided tour. Rita was a great guide, and gave a very informative background to the museum's history and the industry in the area, rather than a detailed description of the individual attractions, inviting us to speak with the volunteers in each place later. The tour was thought provoking and most enjoyable. After looking in on a variety of the many attractions we made our way to the New Inn where music was promised. The policeman had transformed into a gifted music hall entertainer who had us in fits of laughter as we joined in with the songs and jokes. We had a most enjoyable time. The museum is not cheap, but an annual ticket including multiple returns makes it more affordable, and there's always something fresh to see. Today the cart horses were a particular pleasuer to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
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Bob
St. Neots, UK269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited this museum whilst holiday in Worcestershire and it was well worth the visit. The buildings had been nicely restored and some exhibits brought back memories from when I was a young lad in the fifties. We had some lovely buns from the bakery. Most of the volunteers were very polite and helpful. Only found one that was not and she was serving in the large cafe. We didn't get off to a very good start when we went inside the pub as there was smoke from the coal fire and I had to get out quickly and use my Asthma inhaler - more times than the recommended four times per day, that's how bad it was. I was short of breath for quite a while afterwards. We spent about five hours there, including having a snack, and there are plenty of photo opportunities . We had to avoid going into the mine as I am Claustrophobic. Despite the smoke filled pub and Mrs Grumpy in the cafe we would still recommend a visit.
Written 21 April 2024
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Live Life To The Full
Penwortham, UK1,421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a fantastic day wandering around the town. There is plenty to see and do, from displays of candle making, trips down a mine on a train, to horse harnessing.

If you are staying in the area and like museums, I would suggest that you get the pass which lets you into all the museums. You will definitely save money, and if you get the pass plus, it gives you free parking and 10% off purchases at the cafes and shops.
Written 21 April 2024
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suscame
Chatham, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed the village. Bought some chocolate limes in the sweet shop. Bought some yarn to knit dishcloths in the haberdashers. So many things we remembered from our childhoods, even though we were both born well after the Victorian era. Absolutely loved the iron melting. Most of the characters were good although one was rather scary and intimidating, but she did give it her all. We would have liked to have done the train ride but it was out of action. We had a drink in the pub and coffees in the cafe, and bought buns in the bakers. Very nice lady in what may have been the mine owner/manager’s house. George the horse took us for a short trip on his cart. April is a bit out of season so it was relatively quiet, although there were some school trips there. It gave us the opportunity to look round better, but there is probably a more buzzing atmosphere when the place is more crowded.
Written 20 April 2024
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777RCB
Shaftesbury, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
After hearing and reading such great reviews I visited with a family group ranging from grandparents to children. The site has an amazing collection of buildings and artefacts, put together well. However the hands-on, real life experience that was portrayed on the website was well below par.
There were, indeed, staff in costume in a few buildings giving talks about the environment in Victorian times. While interesting for adults these fell way below the mark in making the information accessible to children in any way.
Having worked in education for 20+ years the children weren’t just bored, they were in-inspired. Which is SUCH a shame.

We visited in half term and there was a worksheet trail (🙄) for children, there were no hands on exhibits, or demonstrations taking place - brick making/plasterwork/ironmongery at all. The hillside funicular train was not working. We could have seen a horse being attached to a cart…...
We paid to exchange money for the fair, and the two fairground staff were both incredible with the children - and the beef dripping chips were great.

In terms of an £80+ family day out I left feeling that there was very little educational gain for the children, in fact they were asking to leave by lunchtime which is unusual as we frequently enjoy spending whole days in museums. Even the adults in our group who had visited previously were surprised by how little there seemed to be going on. Impressive the site is, immersive it is not. Little was running, even in a school holiday which I found very odd. Such a shame, perhaps we visited on a bad day, but won’t be hurrying back.
Written 18 April 2024
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Hello, we're pleased you enjoyed your lunch and time at the fair however we're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your overall experience. We will be sure to pass all your feedback on to the relevant teams. Hopefully we can welcome you back soon for a better experience. Kind Regards, IGMT.
Written 19 April 2024
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Emma*
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My daughter went here with her school for the day, she had a fantastic day. She has come back with lots of information and has enjoyed telling all her family about it.
One thing which I’ve noticed and this was the same when my son visited a few years ago was the children take spending money which gets changed to use in the shop which is a great idea. The only thing is it all gets changed (£5) no option to only change some. My daughter then bought two lollies (10p lollies) and had to come home with the rest in the museum money. Apparently there was no option to change the unspent money back either.

I understand it’s difficult which such large numbers coming through the door but I do think a better system could be put in place for schools as although it’s good for the museum it seems like a bit of a con for parents and schools.

Basically paid £5 for two 10p lollies and some pretend money!
Written 17 April 2024
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Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're delighted to hear your daughter enjoyed her time with us. Visitors to the town can change back any unspent money at the end of the day or are welcome to keep it as a souvenir. You can also bring it with you the next time you visit Blists Hill Victorian Town to spend or exchange it. Hope this helps! Kind Regards, IGMT.
Written 19 April 2024
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Beth
Wirral, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a brilliant day! I can’t believe I’d never heard of this place! We would definitely recommend it. It was a steam roller day so there were loads you could have a ride on and even drive! We got a free experience voucher each on entry so opted for the train ride into the tunnel which also had a film shown inside telling you about the clay mines. There was a fair ground with traditional games (coconut shy, swings, merry go round etc). Loads of Victorian shops where you could buy things in shillings and pence! A bank to change your money, lots of Victorian houses to look inside, so many characters walking around who really stick to the script! Traditional beef dripping fish and chips (vegetarian chips available!) I think three other cafes and more kiosks for snacks and drinks, a traditional pub with singing by the piano, candle makers to make your own candles (we bought some to take home!) get your old style photos taken which is a must! We had such a laugh dressing up! so much more and the best outdoor play area I’ve ever seen! Will definitely be going again!
Written 14 April 2024
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 19 April 2024
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racer458037
Richmond, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I was enjoying it until i got to some old bloke in the joinery shed who was speaking to a guy of a similar age about the "younger generations". Now, i can't help when i was born, in the Victorian era, apprenticeships were 7 years or more long, my apprenticeship was 3, the scaling down over generations isn't my fault but to stand and listen to a bloke who was the customer and the guy behind the counter who is there on behalf of the museum making sweeping generalisations about me and others my age "Ah, but they don't know anything", the reply "you can't give em anything because they don't know how to do it" and then "a lot of them are useless anyway" and they bounced off each other for a couple of minutes with the other saying "that's right" or "oh yeah" or "yeah" as the next asinine statement was made.

I feel the one star review is fully justified. Although the museum can't help what their volunteers say, i feel that if they were told strongly enough "don't descend or endorse incendiary comments or comments that can offend", then this wouldn't have happened. I've had customers come up to me and start criticising things and trying to get me to agree with them for me to professionally turn around and say "sorry i can't say anything on that matter". It's not hard, i'm in my mid 30s, this guy should have been far wiser than me as he appeared to be approaching his 70s.

When the customer walked off, i then tested this guys theories about me and my and the one following mine's generation of "knowing nothing" by asking "Do you know where i can get jetlutong, padauk and zebrano from"? "What's that" he replied. I was so close to violently facepalming. So who knows nothing now i thought? Jetlutong is a more rarer hardwood but not knowing padauk and zebrano is from such an oracle of information is unforgivable. I then changed tack and asked where some local hardwood stockists is, Blists Hill is 200 miles from me, i'll never use these companies but just wanted to see what he advised with my phone at the ready but alas, couldn't advise me about that either. That to me was enough as he gormlessly tripped up through my series of questions and i left the shed, i then spent at least half an hour afterwards wanting to go back in and confront him but didn't due to his age out of respect. Half an hour not being able to concentrate on the museum kind of ruined it for me. The old adage i'll respect anyone until they give me a reason not to i applied to this guy, he was as insulting as you can get despite me never doing anything to wrong him and he couldn't give a damn who was there, he wasn't to know i was in the trade but he mentioned millenials, i put two and two together and took a keen interest in everything he said. Which was utter tosh that shouldn't have been stated for as long as he was part of the museum experience. Note to Blists Hill, brief your volunteers better and then maybe i wouldnt have left a one star review.
Written 12 April 2024
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re sorry to hear about your experience at Blists Hill Victorian Town. We are taking your feedback seriously and will share it with the relevant teams. Kind Regards, IGMT.
Written 19 April 2024
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chrismacey45
Eastbourne, UK3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really expensive for what there is to do!! No senior citizen discount on entrance. The car parking should be included. Couldn't see a parking machinr to pay when we left, so went on line, ANPR didn't pick up our registration no, so had to guess the time when we arrived & left, absolutely disgusting!!
Written 12 April 2024
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Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience. We will be sure to pass all your feedback on to the relevant teams. Kind Regards, IGMT.
Written 19 April 2024
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bettybrum
Birmingham, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited with our 2 children (under 10) over Easter. We had a fabulous day! Lots of historic shops/buildings to visit and so informative. Great sat up in that you get given an activity token to use and there’s a few options - we enjoyed the train. The Easter egg trail was fun too. We had a full day here and hope to return.
Written 6 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your Easter visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Written 12 April 2024
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Hannah I
Rugeley, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited on 5/4/24 arriving at 10am and leaving at gone 4pm. There were two adults, two teenagers (17 & 15) and a 10 year old, as well as a dog in the group.

It was such a good day, there was something to entertain everyone and even the dog was welcome pretty much everywhere, which was brilliant as it meant we didn’t have to leave someone outside all the time. We loved the Victorian photos (which we thought were reasonably priced especially with the Pass Plus discount). The chippy food was delicious (the dog particularly enjoyed the sausage!) and the fairground attractions were good fun.

Every staff member we came across was friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed chatting to everyone but a special mention for the gentleman in the bank who we also chatted to in the pub whilst he was eating his lunch, and the lady in pharmacy.

We ran out of time so will be back to finish the bits we missed in the near future.
Written 5 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and it's great to hear you enjoyed chatting to everyone! We hope we can welcome you back very soon.
Written 12 April 2024
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