For us this was an enthralling insight into relatively recent local history and an eye-opening tour that is as far removed from the stereotypical National Trust grand stately home as it is possible to get.
If you have even a passing interest in history, and as you are checking out the reviews here I guess you have, then this place should be on your list to see. It is far more interesting than the overview makes it seem, and the fact it was real people (us common working class people) that lived here adds more realism to the properties.
Be aware that you are best to book tours in advance as numbers are limited on each tour due to the small sizes of the rooms. This does mean that you are not crowded in with a big group though and makes the talk by the guides feel very tailored to the group.
It is also worth noting that this is an attraction that can be visited whatever the weather.
So far we have been twice and enjoyed both times.
The small museum that is part of the site is worth a good 15-20 minutes look (and listen) around after the tour and gives more information about living conditions and the restoration works carried out.
I reckon that most kids from around 8 or 9 years old would probably enjoy finding out about the houses or at least be stunned by how folks used to live here.
For older or less mobile folks the access can be tricky and although there are places to sit in each room most of the stairs are steep and awkward. We were told that some provision for disabled visitors is planned for the future but we don’t know exactly when.
There is no food on site – unless you count the old fashioned sweet shop on the corner (also worth visiting!), but there is a small souvenir shop within the reception area. If in need of a cuppa I’d recommend ‘The Coffee Room’ just a few steps across from the corner shop.
A visit to the Back To Backs makes you realise how far we have come with regard to home comforts but how much community spirit we have lost. Very eye opening.
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