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“Value for money”

Blists Hill Victorian Town
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Ironbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This reconstructed Victorian mining town is one of the best of its kind in England.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 21 August 2011

A trip into the past with this Victorian town. A great way of entertaining kids with an enquiring mind with lots to learn. Easy to spend a whole day so wear shoes suitable for a lot of walking and best visited in the dry.
There is great attention to detail, even down to stable lasses wearing hobnail boots. We visited the Bank late in the day and were able to hold a discussion with the teller who impressed with his knowledge and as an ex bank employee (with the same bank, albeit a century later) played the part to perfection. Listening to the photographer who was taking pictures of visitors (who were able to don costumes), we were impressed with the skill with which he made the subjects at ease and this was equally true of other staff we encountered. The children also loved the Victorian fair and it was great to see them get enjoyment from something pre Playstation/Xbox age.
To sum up, it is very rare that I find attractions value for money and even rarer that I will write reviews. A great day
To make the most of the day, arrive early and prepare to lose yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and activities of a bygone age.

1  Thank stevieb999
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We had a great time here, spent most of the day but still didn't feel that we'd seen everything.
The car park was fairly full, but the place somehow didn't feel too crowded. Visiting the various shops and workshops was fun for all of us, the walk to the inclined plane and back down the miners' path was lovely and it was hard to drag the children away from the funfair. We thought the catering was excellent as it was at the other Ironbridge sights.

4  Thank Sarah061
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We really enjoyed Blists Hill - it was fascinating to wander in and out of the shops, bank, schoolroom, pub etc. Better to go on a dry or dry-ish day.

The fish and chips were the best ever - £5 for a small portion but they were so yummy! Kids loved changing money then getting very confused trying to spend their old money. School mistress very strict and our 7 year old a bit scared!

Overrall, a definite must to go here.

4  Thank Happytraveller2709
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

There is plenty to see and do, a dry day is definitely the best to go on as it is a village and you need to get around. The staff in all of the houses, workshops, shops and the bank were all so helpful, we queued in the bank to swap our money over and even though they were busy both of the bankers gave the kids an explanation about the money and a story and spent time with them.

The shops are great, old fashioned sweets, the bakery, (flapjacks & shortbread mmmm) the chip shop, I challenge anyone to smell the chips and not buy them, they were amazing and the portion size was good too.

The staff just help with the whole experience, the school headmaster roams around shouting at the kids as does the policeman, the school lesson is fun as is the sing along at the pub, all in all a great fun day out it was my second visit and will definitely not be my last.

4  Thank Tenerife106
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

I visited Blists Hill Victorian Town with my husband and 12 year old grandson Tyler. My husband and I had visited the attraction on a previous occasion and remembered it as somewhere it would be worth taking Tyler. However, on this occasion there appear to be a few new faces who do not have the enthusiasm of their predecessors. The gentleman in the print shop, is I think one of the original staff as he was just as interesting as we remembered. Also Phil, the artist, who does charcoal portraits in the small park, is full of enthusiasm and skill and turns out very accurate pictures of his subjects. He really made Tyler's day when he saw his finished portrait. He is really interesting and kept Tyler still whilst he drew his picture. (Phil, Tyler says he hopes you get your erasers soon!)

In the bank and post office, it is no longer possible to try to use the old-fashioned pen and ink. We were told by a rather miserable employee in the post-office that people had left inkstains on the wooden counter and as it was over 100 years old they had stopped this attraction. He did however show us how they used to write letters in order to get the most words on the sheet (to save money) and also how to melt wax and use a seal, which was very interesting.

Many of the attractions were not staffed - it would have been nice to have things explained to us as they had been on our last visit.

This attraction is I believe, very expensive for the value received. In comparison, The Black Country Living Museum is much more interesting and definitely worth a visit. If it is a choice between the two, the Black Country Living Museum wins hands down.

The rating of AVERAGE was given by Tyler whereas the Black Country was given an EXCELLENT!

Well done The Print Shop Man with a beard and Phil, who really made Tyler's day.

4  Thank 126derrickw
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