Milestones is well signposted from the M3. Our reception was friendly and we were soon downstairs into the museum (lifts available). We picked up the audio guides which are free (although there was nothing to say they were free and we nearly passed them by as we are too mean to pay for them!). The museum itself is excellent. It is a sort of open air industrial museum indoors. It is covered with a huge overall roof. There are many recreated buildings showing old factories, homes and shops. A large number of very old commercial vehicles are on display along with a collection of old fairground slot machines.
It is a mix of nostalgia for oldies, and activities for youngsters. It would appear to cater for school parties in the week, which might be an issue for older people, although it is open every day. Children can dress up and fill in worksheets. We spent nearly all day there and I would summarise the day as interesting informative and good value.
Criticism: I see others have commented on the "Living history" element. There are indeed only about six human actors, even less if you don't include the ladies in the sweet shop and the barmaid and they mostly engaged well with the visitors. There are many costumed dummies and two good talking head videos. We had a drink in the pub, but otherwise did not use any of the catering facilities. I did think that the (only) toilets would be a bit pushed for space if you needed to get a whole coach or school group through them at one time Overall though, the good bits vastly outweigh any criticism and would sum up by saying good value, lots to see and an excellent venue for a cold winter day out.
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