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“Fantastic Day”

Blists Hill Victorian Town
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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
bedfordshire
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71 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Fantastic Day”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

It was a fantastic day, loved it all, so much to see and you felt like you had gone back in time. Would go again without a doubt, everybody very friendly there and its just so different

Visited July 2012
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Good attraction, friendly and informative staff”
Reviewed 20 July 2012

Passport ticket is a must when visiting the Ironbridge area as it includes all 'attractions', so good value for money. This village was well set out and staff were very informative and friendly; they played the part very well and were welcoming. Animals include cute little piggies, chickens and horses. Items can be bought from the Victorian shops, such as bread, soap etc, but some items were a little bit overpriced. Would have liked to have seen more going on in the village as seemed rather quiet. Some places closed at lunch time. Overall worth a visit for 2-3 hours. Pharmacy was particularly good, as was the haberdashery shop. You can have your photo taken in Victorian clothes, but ensure you book ahead as it gets busy. Nice gift shop.

Visited July 2012
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Caerphilly
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great day attraction”
Reviewed 19 July 2012

Lots of shops, cafes, pub, and other attractions in this village. All going back to the Victorian era. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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Singapore
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64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A glimpse into the past”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

One of the first stops we made in the Town was Lloyds Bank, and we entralled by the bank manager's explanation of 19th/early 20th century British coinage, and how one could tell the real ones from the counterfeits. The dressmaker's shop, the butchers, the chemist, the photography studio etc were well stocked such that they gave a very good idea what they looked like back then. We were also able to watch the plasterer and the candle maker at work. There was also a fish and chip shop and a bakery where you can pick up a snack or lunch. Our first visit (including lunch on site) took up 3-4 hours. Paying for the annual passport covering all the museums at Ironbridge Gorge was definitely more worthwhile than buying a day family ticket. Given that there are quite a few living museums in the UK, we are unlikely to return but we would recommend it to any one travelling through this part of England. If you want to cover more than one museum at the gorge, you will need at least 2 days.

Visited November 2011
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Telford, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Brilliant, interactive and education place to visit!”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

I love Blists Hill and have been going every couple of years since I was a baby.

At the moment prices are as follows:
Adult: £15.45
Child: £10.25
OAPs: £12.35
Student: £10.25
Disabled: £10.25

I personally think that the prices are a little heafty. But if you buy a passport (Adult: £23.25, Child/Student/Disabled: £15.25, OAPs: £18.75) which is valid for a whole year, you can visit any of the 10 ironbridge gorge museums as many times as you like so it's well worth buying.

I think it's better to go in the holidays as there's more going on but be prepared to spend some more money.

With Blists Hill, I think the general rule is, the more you put in, the more you get out. When you go into the stores talk to the people behind the counter! They're full of information and they're always up for a banter. They are VERY knowledgable in their areas, I particularly like the general store manager, the printer (he's brilliant if you have children), the druggist and the school master. Those guys are ALWAYS up for some role play and they're full of information. Last time we had a surprise math lesson in the general store from the school master who was visiting. I can tell that all the people there love their jobs.

I advise going to the bank and changing money to old pennies. I only ever change £5's worth and that lasts me the entire trip with some left over, even my younger sister (pre-teen) never spends more than that and you know what kids are like! The great thing is, is if you don't spend it, you can change it back to modern day money.

I would advise taking a picnic as the food is expensive and you've got the choice of light sandwiches and cream teas, a cafeteria style dinner (it's a bit naff, I wouldn't bother) or the fried fish dealer (which is kind of expensive too and even the chips on their own are not suitable for vegetarians as its cooked old fashioned in lard). There is plenty of space to set up a picnic.

Make sure you grab a map and see everything! If you're able to walk well then I recommend the incline walk. It's pretty amazing. I also recommend finding out when the school lesson is because that's a bit of fun :)

You can spend anything from 3 hours to 6 hours in there depending on your age, whether you've got children and need to make regular breaks etc etc. The place, wholly is good for wheelchair users tho there is a building or two that can be narrow or has a upstairs. There is a small steepish hill that you will have to push the wheelchair up at some point too and it's not avoidable.

There are two things that lets Blists Hill down, one is that there isn't much extra to do like workshops or events when it's not the holidays, even at the weekend. The second is that you have to pay for parking, it's something like £2-£4 per car, and if you want to go to two or three museums in a day, you have to pay for each one separately as the names of the museum is on the ticket. So between £6 and £12 just to park is a bit excessive.

I think that's pretty much everything, remember if you make the effort to join in and talk to the people there, then you will have a great time!

Visited June 2012
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