Brilliantly entertaining and educational. Lots of exhibits to see, with the "shopkeepers" and "workers" explaining their jobs as you go around. The grounds are massive, so expect a lot of walking. One of those rare places that you can actually go to when it is raining as many of the exhibits are indoors. There is plenty of car parking, with overflow car parks operating in busy periods. Can easily spend a good 4 hours here.
Only thing I didn't like was that when you enter, you walk straight into the first exhibit which is a dark room with screens all around showing film of a working blast furnace, complete with volume at full blast. It was very unnerving as it was totally unexpected and my dog was petrified, so we had to leave quickly.
On the plus side, they do let you take our dog in (not allowed into the exhibits, but it is easy to take turns waiting outside with the dog. Better that than having to leave it at home or in kennels). They also do 50% discount off the price for carers, brilliant for me as carers allowance of £59 a week doesn't go very far.
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