Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum
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
About
Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. Take a trip on the tram to explore the canal-side village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Clare M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Week worth a visit
    We did this as part of my birthday day out while staying near Stratford-upon-Avon. Worth the 50 or so minute drive (about 35 miles). A little pricey, but understand why when you see what they're doing to expand the museum. The funfair was a bit a hit with my hubby winning me 2 toys. Highly recommend. We spent much more time than we thought we would
    We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 21 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • mummydo2015
    Prestwick, United Kingdom64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visist
    Having waited a good few years to go to this, we were a bit disapointed by the way you enter the Museum, you go into a brand new visitors centre, down a flight of stairstp be greated by people queing up tp pay at one side, prepaid at the left. Having not pre-booked we had to wait in line, only 2 checkouts open and they took to long as it was cards only, to many questions when you do get to head of que, no chairs for people to sit on, the staff looked quite flustered, even the people who had booked still had to que, a few people were not happy, but the waiting and delay is your first impression it makes you a bit wary about what you are going to see. The Black Country Living Museum did not dissapoint, ok lots of school parties but thye made the day, Came back 2 days later and entry was a lot quicker and we were happy to wonder round.
    Thank you for your feedback, we will pass this on to our Admission team. We're glad you had an enjoyable visit, we hope to see you again soon!
    Written 7 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • KrisF
    Wordsley, United Kingdom208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable visit..Shame about the new entry building.. some of the magic lost!
    Enjoyed the visit.. loved the new street! But.. new slow sterile entry system.. horrid out of character building.. no exhibition!! No introduction to the Black Country, it’s land , people and heritage? Anyone visiting from out of area needs to have the importance of the area put into perspective.. sorry without this it’s just a theme park! Please rethink .. restore the original entrance and exhibition.. don’t lose the history!!!
    Thank you for your feedback, we will pass this on to our Admissions team. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Karen S
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh the entry system! Utter fiasco!
    Brilliant day, fabulous exhibits, wanted to go for years, BUT........the flipping entry system. I was going to book tickets, but decided to just go instead. It wouldn't have made a jot of difference. we trooped off downstairs to join the queue for the paid entry. 20 people were ahead of us, mostly in family groups - it took us 20 minutes for the 4 groups of people to go through. Why the reception staff have to ask everyone 1000 questions, gift aid, email addresses etc. I had chronic back ache from simply standing waiting. I felt very sorry for more elderly people (I'm an official pensioner) As I am not afraid to speak up, I just said 'two concessions and no questions please!' Was served politely and immediately and off we went. Poor girl almost looked relieved that she hadn't had go through her 'speech'. Other than that, we absolutely loved it, memories everywhere.
    We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your arrival here at the Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Please be assured that we have taken on board all of your comments and we take all feedback seriously to help us improve our events for the future. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, BCLM
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • DeeDog2013
    Lichfield, United Kingdom91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    Love the BCLM and the new 1940s / 50s street is looking great, glad my ticket lasts a year as I’ll be back to see more. I haven’t given it 5* though as I was a bit disappointed with the new entrance building. It’s all very shiny but I missed the old exhibition at the start which set the context for what the museum is all about. I hope this is to be reinstated when the works are complete as it feels a bit characterless. The section about the chain makers strike needs better interpretation, it’s a bit confusing. The staff everywhere were great, so knowledgeable and lovely to talk to but never intrusive.
    We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your arrival experience here at the Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Please be assured that we have taken on board all of your comments and we take all feedback seriously to help us improve our events for the future. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit overall and hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Masdks
    New York City, New York50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day out with the kids
    The kids and I had a great time and they really enjoyed learning about the history of the Black Country. There were some school trips there the day we visited as well but it wasn't too crowded. The kids loved the mine tour and the chips, it was a great day out. I would definitely come back to see some of the new exhibits when they open.
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. Don't forget, our new 1940s-60s high street is now open :) We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • SouthernVectis
    Heswall, United Kingdom94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This was a return visit after about 20 years so it was wonderful to see the progress made with the the newer areas covering the 1940's & 1950's. We were lucky to be invited to see their latest street before it officially opened and were shown around the superb Barber's shop by "Lol and Phyllis" We could actually remember some of the things in the shop windows of this street! The old Victorian area is great with some excellent charachter actors more than happy to have a chat about what it was like to live then. A well kept pint was consumed in The Bottle & Glass Inn. The annual ticket is a great idea as we only had the afternoon available to us but we can now drop in as we pass nearby if we visit family and visit the things we didn't get to see. I do have to agree with the critical comments regarding the new stark, modern entrance. This definitely requires some "softening". The queueing area down a set of steep steps is not a good idea with the signage also quite poor in this area. Sadly it is this that only gives it a '4' as the first impression lets it down. Luckily the site is well worth a visit and of interest to all ages. It would be difficult not to have a good time at BCLM
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We're glad you are finding value in our annual pass ticket! We hope to see you again soon. We will take on board all feedback regarding our Visitor Centre and pass on to our Admissions team. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Peter M
    Woking, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tremendous Time to be had!
    We visited the Black Country Museum on 28/06/23, it was a great experience and especially going down the Coal Mine with George our guide. He was very informative, knowledgeable and entertaining. The highlight of the trip was at the end when we were exiting the mine, he sang a traditional Coal Mining song which added to the experience! The Museum as a whole, was clean and tidy and we met many period characters along the way. Another stand out experience was a visit to the School house, the school mistress was putting her pupils through their tasks firm and fair in such a way, she had her pupils eating out of her hands!
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We will pass on this positive information to George! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • AlexTheJock
    Wigston, United Kingdom3,048 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out for all of the family
    My wife and I took our two grandchildren, aged 6 & 8, to this attraction and we all agreed that, even though it rained constantly, we all had a great day out. We had visited the museum not so long ago, but the new street was now open which added to the interest of the attraction. As usual the staff were brilliant explaining each shop or house that we visited which makes the experience so much more immersive. The kids loved exploring all of the different areas and buildings, and it really brought history alive for them. What made it even better value for money was that the kids, as Blue Peter badge holders, got in free. I can thoroughly recommend this museum for a great day out for all of the family.
    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Imogen F
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Day Out
    Lovely day out! Been many times before and the atmosphere is great. Really does feel like you are going back in time. Workers/volunteers in the shops and houses are great, very knowledgeable, great at story telling and roleplaying with the kids. Chain-making demonstration was excellent. Special mention to the guys working in the red double decker bus! Chips were as good as always. Information cards in the doorways of building were subtle and gave great information about the building but also the people who lived/worked there. Would have been nice to have some more information cards about key items in the rooms (which could have been placed underneath existing info to not spoil the look of the rooms). New street was great, lovely to have more history to explore. Not all of the buildings are ready and open yet, some not until 2024, but tickets are valid for 12 months so hopefully we can return again without additional charge to enjoy the other new parts.
    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, BCLM.
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
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Soup_A_Stars
Walsall, UK3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
A lot of areas where shut or under development. Luckily we can come back for free. Sadly there were no guided tours, and a lot of information was missing which would have been informative instead of looking at a lot of old things. There is a canal ride on the side of the museum but it costs almost the same as getting in to bcm. The best part is the mine tour. If you want fish and chips get in early or late before closing otherwise it's a 30 min wait.
Written 21 February 2020
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Carrie
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We were really looking forward to spending the afternoon here. We arrived at 2:30 and paid almost £50 for our family of 3 (2 adults and 1 child). We thought it was a bit pricey but we hoped it would be worth it. We were very disappointed when everything shut at 4pm. I do realise it’s down to us to check the opening times but we really would have appreciated the cashier mentioning the early closing time when taking our money. Very, very disappointing.
Written 20 February 2020
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James L
Guernsey, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited this a few days ago. Really good day out. Came largely as a Peaky Blinders fan (you can see multiple filming locations for the show here), but learned lots about realities of living in the Black Country in early 1900's.

My main criticisms-we got there as the museum opened but many of the shows didn't open until much later, some not at all (went on a Saturday). Could be worth advertising this at the entrance. Also unfortunately one or two displays were closed for maintenance.

Still, would definitely recommend for people interested in early 1900's UK history
Written 2 February 2020
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Brian L
Craon, France2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
After promising to visit for quite some time, we finally got together with our friends to visit the BCLM. The visit was as special as expected, and I would recommend the attraction without reservation UNTIL, we decided to finish our visit with a snack in the cafe within the gift shop. Service wasn't bad but our table was filthy, being covered in some form of grease all over the table. I asked the young guy on service for a cloth to clean it off myself. He duly appeared himself and sprayed liquid cleanser and wiped the table clean. All is good till this point. Whilst asking at the counter for this cloth I noticed two plates on the counter top, one containing Sausage rolls and the other Cornish pasties. Both of these plates were uncovered and open to the general atmosphere.
Our order of snacks / drinks duly arrived. Whilst eating our snacks the following disgusting incidents occured behind the counter. There were three male counter staff behind the counter. Male 1 proceeds to begin writing on a piece of paper some 6 inches away from open plates of savouries. Male number 2 then leans directly on the counter with both forearms again directly over the open plates. At this point male number 3 is stood directly behind the other two staff casually stroking his longish beard with both hands !! This disgusting behaviour and clear breach in Health and Hygiene practices was witnessed by my fellow diners. I was nearly sick.
I am appalled and disgusted at these failures especially as we are entering into unchartered territory with the Corona Virus currently plaguing the country. I for one will never eat at this venue again. It would appear that there has been little or no H & H training given to the staff here, with standards akin to the 1940's... how poignant for this valued attraction.
To conclude, we plan to revisit the BCLM again later in the year but will be taking a pack up with us . There is a clear case of lack of training and supervision within the cafe area and should be addressed immediately.
Written 7 March 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Please be assured that we take on all feedback in order to help us improve in the future and we have passed on your comments to the relevant team manager. If you would like to contact this team manager directly and discuss your concerns in further detail, please email foodanddrink@bclm.com Kind Regards, BCLM
Written 9 March 2020
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Jenny H
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Had been looking forward to this day out for ages as a 2 hour drive from home.
Not impressed about the car parking charges.
The the people we spoke to in costume were very friendly and knowledgeable.
The fish and chips were well worth their money (one portion surfaced both of us)
Very disappointed that some of the exhibits didnt have a guide and were locked up (especially the garage) and that it was not advertised that the mine was trip was closed for at least the next 6 months until we had queued to go in
None of the steam exhibits were working, which was expected of this type of museum
All in all quite an interesting day, but could of been so much better
Written 11 March 2020
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Matt C
Braintree, UK163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Great day out! Took just over 4hours to do everything at the museum and have lunch.. price is quite steep for what is actually accessible to the public right now and there are multiple new developments being built so some attractions have gone. Enjoyable day nevertheless, queue for chip shop is over an hour long all day so take a pack lunch. Good for young kids too as plenty of interactive and engaging talks, demos and people! Peaky blinders hints everywhere too.. parking does cost £3.50 per vehicle on top of your ticket price which is extortionate considering its £20 per adult to enter the museum!
Written 30 August 2020
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John W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
A very disappointing visit to the BCLM this year for their evening Christmas event. Lots of people everywhere, massive queues, nothing Christmassy and no easy to obtain hot drinks. We go to these museums across the country every year for these events and this one was the worse yet. It’s usually such a joyful experience and the fish and chips tops everything off but even they were awful. You could see the chips were prepared way in advance as they were stacked up in the back already wrapped up so even though you queued for 30 minutes, they were cold. In any other situation, you would of asked for a refund. They are usually such a treat, it’s something we look forward to but they managed to ruin them this year. Also, a few years ago, they did some wonderful hot chocolates with baileys, but this year, not a single hot chocolate in sight and you could only get a hot drink if you wanted to queue for another 30 minutes. It seems BCLM have put the pound note a head of the customer experience and were geared up to take as much money as possible regardless of the experience they offered. I am not sure I’ll be returning to a Christmas event at BCLM any time soon which is a shame. Back to Beamish next year.
Written 4 December 2021
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We are sorry to hear that as a returning visitor to our Christmas Nights, you were disappointed with your experience this year. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Please be assured that we have taken on board all of your comments and we take all feedback seriously to help us improve our events for the future. If you would like to discuss your experience with us further, please do get in touch with us via info@bclm.com. Kind Regards, BCLM
Written 6 December 2021
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rich2966
Uckfield, UK432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Had seen a lot of adverts on TV about this museum and I was not disappointed excellent day I believe the fish and chips are very good but long queues and you have to place an order and then pick up. But all told an excellent day we turned up on motorcycles were told we would have to pay for parking but let's face it lads and lasses just pop-up onto the pavement and your way round the barrier and Bob's your uncle parking is alongside a loco the left as you go into the museum.
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Ps . the covid-19 one-way system is very good but it does go in both directions if you want to beat the queues go anticlockwise in certain areas it's all marked out.
Written 13 September 2020
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Dudesdish
Lincoln, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
I first visited here back in the mid-90’s for a school trip.
It left a profound impact from then.
This time I return as a father and husband. I was blown away to see the site has grown, and the paraphernalia grown vastly.
Let’s start with the entrance fee: a snip at £50 for two adults, a child, baby was free. Considering the effort, staff, and artefacts. PLUS, this includes FREE entrance for 12 months thereafter (exc bank hols).
We entered around 11.30am, and we just didn’t get time to visit every exhibition, and area.
There’s plenty of places to eat, inc authentic beef dripping fish ‘n’ chips. With the bonus of it being reasonably priced considering you’re a captive audience. A refreshing change.
We paid an extra for the canal trip, worth the extra £22 for the family (again free admission for 12 months), helped along by an informative and jovial guide.
There were plenty of interactive shows, and tangible show pieces.
Considering the covid dilemma, nothing at the museum seemed restrictive, or awkward.
The nine year old loved it. We loved it. The baby: she was impartial ;-)
I will close with a touching moment.
We caught a blacksmith show at the very end, just before closing. He was amazing with the kids. However it was the message of pure endearment, and sincere thanks he gave for the support to the museum, along with his lively hood through these tough times.
When we return. We will still contribute to the museum, regardless of the free entry.
Written 1 November 2020
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Alanah Reeve
Bury St. Edmunds, UK477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
this place was a lot better than what I was expecting and deserves a lot more appreciation than what it gets! it was absolutely adorable and a lot bigger than I Was expecting. I could honestly live here because of how much there is to do and say and how every single time you visit is different. Everyone who works there are the most lovely people you ever meet because they are so passionate about what they do and because i’m from suffolk i never realised the amount of northern history! I would travel to the Midlands just to go here! This place is good for children teenagers adults and seniors but I’d highly recommend going with children 10+ and bring grandparents! A lot of it is outside so make sure you bring a raincoat but there’s lots of houses that you can go in and it was all Covid friendly. People rave about the fish and chips but the queue was so big so make sure you get there early! Can’t wait to go again.
Written 12 January 2021
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