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“Brilliant attraction - disappointing Christmas Festival” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blists Hill Victorian Town

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
Bristol, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Brilliant attraction - disappointing Christmas Festival”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

We have been to Blists Hill a couple of times before and really enjoyed our visits. We were therefore really interested when we heard they were doing a Christmas festival. What a wonderful canvas the Victorian town would be to paint the scene upon - and what a disappointment when we arrived.

Firstly this weekend was charged separately so that even if you had a passport you would still pay the £15 + to go in. Once inside there it was very nice to see the shops and houses decorated for Christmas, the brass band and the carol singers but only 6 stalls in the Christmas market and actually less going on in the fairground area than usual. There was Santa for the kids which was good and the guys from the pub were singing in the larger venue.

We had someone on crutches with us and she braved the hill - it would have been good if the lift up had been working but it wasn't.

Last weekend we went to Portsmouth for their Harbour Festival and they actually re-created a Victorian street which was brilliant, had a large snow machine, loads of Christmas stalls and boat trip and visits to Victory and Warrior were included in the price - which was less than we paid at Blists Hill and was packed with atmosphere.

I gave this an average rating as the attraction itself is brilliant - we love it but were disappointed this time.

Come on Blists Hill - you have a brilliant canvas to paint on - give it some thought.

Visited December 2012
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cheshire
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“Pleasant day out for the family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

Good place to go over the Christmas period to get into the Christmas spirit with the family,we had a great day, the staff dressed as victorian characters and were friendly,also we took them to see santa.

Visited December 2012
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south wales
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Third visit and counting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I love visiting this village. At this time of year when they have the Victorian Christmas there really is no where that makes me feel so Christmasy!! The houses and shops all ready for Christmas, the carol singers, children queuing to see Santa, the reindeers. Xmas bliss. We took friends with us this time and it was lovely to see them enjoy it for the first time! We even sat in on a school lesson and learnt our times tables and sang the 12 days of Christmas. If you have the chance to go then I would most highly recommend it and I'd suggest you take a look at and download the best Christmas song that has been made in many a long year and was filmed in Blist Hill - My favourite time of year by the Florin St Band - I defy you not to feel the Christmas glow

Visited December 2012
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Blists Hill Victorian town - absolutely fantastic day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

What an absolute gem of a place this is. All the shops are authentic, staffed by lovely chatty staff in original Victorian costume. There are demonstrations, a sweet shop, bakers and fish and chip shop that sell great food, a couple of coffee shops and a restaurant.

You truly feel, when passing through the doors into the town that you've been transported back in time. We visited on a week day in November, so we had the village almost to ourselves, but of course there aren't as many attractions etc open (the fairground etc) as this is seasonal.

It was one of the most fascinating, enjoyable days out, and all very close to the gorgeous village of Ironbridge itself, which is well worth a visit for the picturesque scenery and quaint shops.

Cannot recommend this place enough. So enjoyably educational too. Goodness me, some people had a hard life !!

Visited November 2012
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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“Weekend Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed the Victorian Town, the people dressed in costume and telling life stories in Victorian times is brilliant and really brought the visit to life. One felt as though you had been transported back in time

Visited November 2012
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