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Blists Hill Victorian Town
Ranked #1 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is one of the best days out I have ever had. The buildings are interesting, the staff are knowledgable and the atmosphere is amazing. The town was busy but it is so big that we were comfortably able to go round the exhibits without too much crowding and were able to get some amazing photos. The prices in the shops were reasonable if you wanted to buy sweets, bread, candles etc. The cafe is reasonably priced although there isn't a great deal of choice but what was available was tasty and filling. If you are nosey by nature allow a full day to snoop around and soak up the atmosphere.

2  Thank citag123
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Really enjoyed ourselves here, very interesting and great chips and cakes from the bakery! Was a little disappointed that the fair ground wasn't open at this time of year hope to return in the summer to take full advantage of this great place.

1  Thank DavidEleri
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

As we had previously purchased the annual family passport we decided to go to this attraction for a day out with friends.

The positives are that there were hardly any visitors there so there were no queues mentioned by previous reviewers. There are plenty of victorian shops to look at but with the learning largely supposed to be imparted by staff / volunteers the attraction is reliant on those people being enthusiastic interpreters of the history of the era which unfortunately they weren't. A few staff / volunteers gave the impression that it was clearly too much trouble to be welcoming into their shop / house. The bakery was a classic where we were greeted by the back of a member of staff talking to the baker or more accurately whinging about her manager / appraisal. The baker then greeted us and the female member of staff left promptly!

Other staff were much better, the wood carver engaged with the children and we all learnt something! The plaster shop was also good. The chap in the bank was excellent and really brought everything to life and made it all very interesting.

The food in the pavilion cafe was OK but not great value for money at about £4 for a few chicken nuggets and chips for kids. The 'home made' soup tasted like packet soup.

Having been to the Black Country Museum before I'd have to say that the Victorian Town isn't as good, sorry.

4  Thank Ian B
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Possibly not the best time to visit as it was a freezing December day and most visitors were waiting for the Victoria Christmas festival the following weekend. However we did enjoy all the attractions and the ability to go into the shops and speak with the knowledgeable staff, as there was just 2 of us we did feel a little conspicuous in some areas where we had a lesser interest at the activity displayed. The items to purchase were pocket money priced and I have to say my Plaster of Paris stars and Candles look good on my Christmas decorations now I have painted them bronze and at 30p ea bargain!

1  Thank JoPattern
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I am fascinated by Telford before it was Telford - i.e. Dawley, Madeley, etc. So knowing that some of the historic remains were relocated here when Telford was being created made the trip more exciting for me - particularly as I am a fan of mining history.
Its a wonderful place to visit on a warm dry day, not sure how it would be to visit in poor weather as there is a lot of walking between attractions. Also my parents found the walk back once we had seen everything to be very difficult.
We had lunch in the Forest Glen which was lovely and great value and enjoyed a good day out. We even missed a few attractions so this is definately a place that needs a whole day to visit - especially at peak times as there will be displays on.

1  Thank Shellyboms
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