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“Fun day out”

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 young children, Activities for older children
Elham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fun day out”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Recently "updated" with a new visitor centre, charming Victorian streets, buildings etc with staff in character. Money can be exchanged for Victorian currency which is a nice touch. Fascinating working demonstrations in authentic, rebuilt Victorian buildings. Nice to be able to take the dog too, though dogs aren't allowed in the buildings. This was my 3rd visit and it still captivates me.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Jax T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great day”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our day there. Plenty to see and do all in Victorian style. Great characters and many highly skilled.
A must see attraction.

Visited August 2014
Thank mrdekyboy
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Making history more personal”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Rather than the staid displays and relics of the industrial past, this museum shows people working and living in the era. From candle making and working, to a bank and chemist, the detail brings the time to life. If you do decide to visit the bank, you can change your modern money to something more authentic, and spend it accordingly in the sweet shop or other establishments.
You can also visit the school and be taught in the appropriate style.
There was a fun fair when we visited, with a carousel and swinging boats, though you have to pay to use them.
This is one of two gripes with the site; the ticket price doesn't cover everything. If you want to go on the mine train, that's an extra price too, though the train ride is worth it (providing you're not scared of the dark) in giving a view of working in those condiotions.
The other small issue is the hill. While not majorly steep in comparison to many slopes in Yorkshire, if you have a child or buggy (or baby carrier), then it can be quite strenuous compared to other museums in the area.

Visited August 2014
Thank Feyip
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Start of a journey”
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

Visited August 2014
Thank DobboStockport
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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A great day out!”
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!

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Gill M
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