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“A day out with family and friends”

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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was an unexpectedly pleasant attraction. I have been to a number of old world recreation attractions, and they are always interesting. This one was probably one of the best. The authenticity was of high quality and the fact that the theme stick closely to the history of the area made even more of an impact. It was not expensive, and as long as we keep to our intention to visit other of the museums in this group, and here again over the coming year, then it will be an extremely cheap trip. The restaurant and cafe outlets were good quality as well, and the in costume service, with pretty believable characters just helped the day go very smoothly. We arrived at 11am and were still going strong at 4pm. Th eonly disappointment was the Clay Mine ril ride which was an additional £2 and did not deliver much value. However that should not detract from a tremendous day out. The sweet shop gob stoppers went down very well with the 9 year old in our group. Well done, we will come again.

Thank Robert R
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

we had a lovely day here but it was a bit of a shame that whilst in 1 shop another actor came in and started talking to the person in the shop about her weekend out and how she didnt want to work in one of the other shops the next day as it wasnt her normal place to work and she didnt know what to do and generally moaning about work whilst we were stood there which i thought ruined the atmosphere was also a shame that the chips shop was shut but apart from that an enjoyable day out

1  Thank Emma W
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Best chips ever! Loved the little steam engines, the Hay incline lift and the Mining experience. Well set up with enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.

Thank 27Kay
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Spent the whole day and still did not run out of things to do. Lots going on and plenty of hands on things to take part in. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers and very interesting to look at how tough life was for those who lived there. Best bit for me was the shire horses - showed how they were harnessed and lots of info on how they were used in work.

2  Thank Vanessa W
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This was my second visit within a year to Blists Hill Victorian Town, and I do love the place immensely. However I have been reading some of the less than complimentary reviews of the site - usually from people who haven't done their research or bothered to think about the cost.

So here's my tips for getting the most from your day:

(1) GET AN ANNUAL PASS.
Don’t even bother with a ‘one off’ payment if you intend to visit more than one site. This is where it becomes truly expensive. For example – if I go with a family of 2 adults and two children. Standard entry price is £16 for the adults, and £10.50 for the kids. That makes £53 for a one off visit.
An annual pass is just £12 more at £65 but allows you to visit all of the other museums and sites in the Gorge as many times as you like in a year, or once more if not reached after a year. That is value for money in my book.
(2) Car parks cost £1.50 for the day – but this ticket is transferable to other museum car parks on the same day. So you don’t need to spend £3 if you go to two sites. You’d be surprised how many people think that.
(3) It’s not ‘free’ when inside, to get the most from it be prepared to buy some fish and chips, or drinks in the pub, or some freshly baked bread. This is a living museum, not a static one.

Don’t miss:
(a) The three actors employed in Blists Hill are the heroes of the piece. Head to the school lesson at 12pm and make sure you are in the pub for 1pm for the music hall sing a long (the absolute highlight for me).
(b) The only surviving Severn Trow, the remains of the foundry, furnaces, original inclined plane, and brickworks. Some of the attractions in the village don’t have to be seen as shops for you to enjoy them.
(c) The Bakery! Get ready to queue at 12:30pm for some freshly baked bread. Lovely.
(d) Artisans at work. It may surprise some visitors but the blacksmith does actually smith, as does the leather worker, the candle maker, the wood turner etc etc. This isn’t entirely a cynical marketing exercise.
(e) Finally, get there early. It opens at 10am and this gives you chance to see some of the sites before the hordes descend.

Avoid:
(a) The incline plane ‘lift’. Not only could you walk up the small incline in about 30 seconds, to pay to do it is simply a waste of money.
(b) The mine train is so so. Again, it costs £3, and whilst you are treated to an entertaining silhouette show you are not physically underground but in an artificial tunnel, so it can feel a bit underwhelming.

Other tips:
(a) If you don’t want to buy any food when on site – and there is plenty of choice from fish and chips, to teas and coffees, to hot buffet food, to pick and mix at the sweet shop – then you can take a picnic. Forest Glen is the nicer tea room although there is one tucked away at the top of the pub. Either way, they aren’t particularly cheap – more like ‘going rate’ for an attraction. Most importantly, don’t whinge about prices when on site when all you had to do was pack your own sandwich to start off with.
(b) Finally, be aware that not all the shops and attractions are open 7 days a week. It all depends on the availability of either the actor, volunteer or skilled artisan. They are allowed holidays, they can be sick! But don’t expect to get money off in recompense either. That’s the risk you run, but there’s more than enough going on for you to enjoy the day.

Now enough of that. Go and enjoy Blists Hill!

6  Thank Brother_Cadfael
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Ironbridge-Museum, Public Relations Manager at Blists Hill Victorian Town, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Thank you for posting such a helpful review about Blists Hill Victorian Town. We would like to clarify one small point that you have raised. We are happy to confirm that there is no charge to ride on the Incline Plane. Thank you once again for taking the time to write about your visit and we hope that we can welcome you back again soon.

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