This is a great place for kids and big kids alike, interactively combining education with fun. As you wander round the corner from the entrance you find yourself transported back in time to a Victorian town complete with shopkeepers in traditional dress manning fully functioning establishments. First stop is the bank to change your 21st century pounds and pence into shillings, farthings, old pennies, h'appenies and the like. You can then wander at your leisure visiting the local grocer, druggist, sweet shop, butchers, bakers and candle maker to name just a few, all set out as they would have been 150 years ago. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and you are encouraged to ask questions and interact with them. You can then use your Victorian money to purchase traditional items such as hand made soaps, sweets, candles, pork pies and even enjoy a pint in the local pub. You can also see how people lived and worked with working exhibits such as a foundry, a mine, the remains of a brickworks and blast furnaces, ironworks, a doctors surgery, a school and cottages.
All in all this is a great day out for people of all ages (my friend and I are both in our late 20s and we had the most fantastic time) and you're bound to come away having learnt something new. Just one thing to remember - if you are tempted by the smells drifting from the bakers and fancy purchasing some of the bread that is baked on the premises DO join the queue, it sells out fast!!!
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