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“Start of a journey”

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 17 August 2014

back to Victorian times visiting the surrounding museums and countryside. Interesting mix of buildings, crafts and people all contributing to authenticating the experience

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

This is our third visit over 30 odd years - and it just keeps getting better. This visit we actually went on two separate days and were still not bored. The first day I learned how to make a rag rug, a knitted bead and florists wire bracelet and Suffolk puff patchwork. I bought 'real' pork scratchings [ delicious!], and freshly baked rolls and lardy cake [ yummy -but oh the calories!] We watched a demonstration on how to tack up a horse to pull a cart, talked at length with the 'curate's wife' at the tin church, had a sing-a-long in the pub, walked up the incline plane - and many other things. The second day I watched a guy making a poker - so interesting that I bought a poker --and we have an electric fire!! We also talked at length to a guy in the rolling mill about the problems of rolling strip; and to the school mistress about the differences between being a teacher today and then. Bought licorice stick [ as I call it], licorice wood as the assistant called it.- haven't had that in years. We'll be back!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Had a brilliant day out here. Loads to see, the "Victorians" were very informative and brought the place to life. Thoroughly enjoyed the school lesson and sing-along in the pub. Kids enjoyed the fairground rides and the little train ride into the "lead mine" Got a passport ticket (£68) which offers us (2 adults and 2 kids) unlimited entry into Blists Hill and 9 other museums in the area for 1 year. Very clean and well maintained. Would really recommend

Thank Stand72
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

A really interesting day out for all the family. Enjoyed going to a Victorian school lesson and learning how to make lace. Boys even had a go! Really interesting walk back in time. Entrance fee is reasonable, however they then expect you to pay for the attractions inside a pound here and a pound there soon mounts up. If this is to continue they should consider reducing the entrance fee. Boys enjoyed candle dipping, going on the fair ground rides (a additional payment needed) going up the hill lift, and going to the blacksmiths. The staff is costume were great. Really friendly and informative. Plenty of picnic space available, so didn't use the food outlets. All in all a good day. Just wish it wasn't money grabbing for a family it turned into a very expensive day. Would recommend. Just be prepared.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Third visit spaced over 25 years. Has clearly had lots of money spent with emphasis on development of the victorian town at the expense of the true industrial heritage of the site so I think its has lost its way. If you are interested in industrial heritage you will be disappointed, and if you want a family day out you will be considerably poorer and have bored children! Good to see foundry etc in action, but this would have been a much more interesting visit if there had been more demonstrations, more engines in steam, sawmill working etc. Much greater scope for interpretation of blast furnaces/steel making. Expensive to get in and a bit of a cheek to charge extra for parking and every other activity on site. If you have a Tesco Clubcard, use day out vouchers to save about 75% on admission - which makes it about right.

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