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“A thoroughly good day out”

Blists Hill Victorian Town
Ranked #2 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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 April 2010

Buy an Ironbridge Gorge Passport which is valid for a year and you can visit all 10 museums as many times as you like and allows free transport on the Shuttle buses. Expect to spend all day here. The dramatic film and soundtrack at the start and before the entrance to the town is excellent and sets the scene for the whole of the Gorge emphasising the importance of the available natural resources. The reconstructed town is good, lots of interesting shops and activities. Most are very close together. We were looking forward to sampling the fish and chips after all the good reviews here, but when the queues lessened the chips looked too overdone. All the costumed staff on site worked well and most was enthusiastic and happy to be in “role”, even when carrying out the more menial tasks. The “new” incline was not working when we were there and the coal mine was under construction. Thought the post office museum, the brickworks, cast iron factory, printing shop and blast furnace ruins were good. The short walk to the old incline and along the old canal definitely worthwhile and helps in understanding especially when visiting the other museums and viewing models of the Gorge. The sing song in the pub with an optional tankard of reasonable local real ale (£2.50) was very enjoyable. There’s a handy restaurant upstairs.

Negatives - all the shops seem to trying to sell you something. I would not bother exchanging your modern money for old money at the bank at the entrance to the town. Current currency is perfectly acceptable and avidly sought after.

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Reviewed 17 February 2010

Took our young son and expected to spend a couple of hours looking around. In fact, we were there all day, there was so much to see and do. Our son made a brick, we had a ride on a horse drawn carriage, bought some very cheap iron and plaster souvenirs which we saw being made. We thought the staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough for you - very keen to explain what they were making and very knowledgeable. A few areas were closed off being redeveloped which was a shame, but there was still plenty to do so it didn't really bother us. Don't forget to buy some bread and have fish & chips for your lunch, both done the old fashioned way. It wasn't too busy either considering we went in the school holidays - it was busy, but so spread out that you didn't really notice.

1  Thank sunnybunnymanchester
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Reviewed 6 September 2009

This is a 'must visit' location for all ages. The visit to Blists Hill Victorian Village is a most enjoyable history lesson!
I previously visited here over 15 years ago so I knew what it was all about. It has recently had lots of money spent on it and there is still lots of room for development. I thoroughly enjoyed the new visitor centre, new buildings, sights & sounds. For those of us who remember the 1960's and earlier there are many things to recall from our past, too many to mention. Village life is an experience and the the different people who 'live ' there are entertaining and knowledgable eg The Schoolmaster, policeman, shopkeepers, children etc.
I cannot rate this location highly enough, all I would say is take your time, visit everything on the map and I hope the weather is good for you. Some premises are not open or working everyday so check before hand?
It can be expensive for a family, but it is a wonderful experience. There are additional costs for the Fairground rides and stalls, the Incline railway and the miniture railway ride.

Thank OldBear
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

We go to Blists Hill ( and nearby Black Country Museum) once ayear as they are superb value for money and probably the two best industrial/victorian days out in the UK.

Blists Hills is set over a huge area and encompasses a victorian town with a whole varitey of shops,houses,pubs and factories - all fully working and staffed by costumed staff . Further along the town you have a mine, ironworks and the more industrial exhibits which now include a superb incline lift ride ( free) and a small train which goes into a darkened tunnel and then goes into a multimedia display of what life was like in a mine back in time ( £2.50) . In the summertime there is a victorian fairground which is great fun and at various points throughout the year there are many 'theme' weekends to look out for.

There are a couple of great places to eat , mostly cafe style food and service, but you could also grab some chips from the newly opend chip shop or go to the bakers for some traditionally baked bread and biscuits.

Blists Hill has undergone a major investment over the last 18 months to add further to what was already a superb day out and i cannot speak highly enough of it. Yes, as another review mentioned the staff can be either really helpful or in one or two cases a bit gruff, however this is more down to personality rather than anything else- if you strike up a convesation with the guy who plays the policeman you will not meet a more friendly and funny person anywhere.Some of the shops or exhibits allow hands fun and most sell the goods they make at pretty reasonable prices.

This is a great day out for all the family and it's a place where you can both have fun and learn one or two things along the way which can't be bad....personally i'd say allow at least 4 or 5 hours for a visit and if eating there isn't an option then ironbridge and it's many pubs are a 5 minute drive away after your visit.

3  Thank scottsati
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Blists Hill Victorian Town with our two teenage children. Had been here about 5 years ago but there have been significant expansion since then particularly in the upper village. Have to say we did not experience the disinterested staff seen by others - everyone was keen to talk to us and explain their roles.
There is currently a significant amount of work taking place which means the upper towpath, the inclined plane, the mission church (my favourite building), the squatter's cottage and toll-house are off-limits. However I gather these parts together with the new lift between towpath and lower village will be open again soon. Also a new entrance building / shop / cafe is opening soon.
I was particularly fascinated by the working replica of Trevithick's steam engine which runs on a short track in front of the brick works. For the children, converting their money into "Victorian pennies" was a big attraction. On the day we visited there were a couple of actors who re-enacted scenes from Shakespeare for children - we met them later in the pub where they were singing songs from World War 1.
We ate freshly-made sandwiches upstairs in the old pub but there were lots of other potential eating places.
In summary Blists Hill is an excellent museum. Education for children and adults but great fun!

Thank Jason42
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