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“Wonderful Step Back in Time”

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
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

This is a fantastic outdoor living museum.

You come out of the modern reception area and step back in time immediately. Your first stop should be the bank to unburden yourself of that modern money for old money - although you can spend modern money in the shops, dealing in the old money adds to the charm.

The children were entertained all day. There are many parts to this museum and many 'hands-on' activities that the children can get involved in.

Would definitely go back and recommend.

Thank SurfinUSM
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

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.

Thank janeorlando
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Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

A fun day out. The staff are mainly very friendly and helpful. The candle dipping is fun for kids of all ages. Chips are really tasty, there's a pub, little shops to buy old fashioned items (plasterer and ironmongery items quite cheap really).
I think £16 an adult is quite steep, so best to get an annual pass x

1  Thank SHF99
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

This undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of our 11 day trip from the Southeast to the Northwest. It is authentic, well organized, fun and really does feel like going back in time. It is like being in a huge outdoor museum with its mixture of original buildings, artifacts and the newly created that help to bring the village alive. We didn't have enough time to visit the other museums or spend long elsewhere but this one attraction was enough to plant the seed for a weekend return. Everyone apart from me loved the chips cooked in beef fat that were undoubtedly enjoyed by the majority. Although you should be willing to rough it a little in the Victorian age, which I did by drinking a pint of mild in the pub while live music was played in the main bar. If you are going near Telford, give it a try as you are unlikely to be disappointed.

Thank Scott L
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

Had looked forward to visiting here however found it disappointing village is new made to look old, every shop, workshop is trying to sell you something, the train ride into the mine shaft is dreadful turning lights off in a shed & showing a film really does not portray what it would have been like if it was a free ride wouldn't grumble but at £2 each really not worth it. The staff around the site were mixed some did explain what life would have been like others just grunted or ignored you. The fish & chips are excellent. We have also visited The Black Country Living Museum on a couple of occasions & that is an excellent day out where staff really engage you & the shops, houses etc are actually old.

3  Thank chuch2014
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