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“Great experience !”

Black Country Living Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Dudley
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. Take a trip on the tram to explore the canal-side village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited 23rd July 2013 after overnight thunderstorms. This well planned Museum has taken an old industrial site and rescued brick by brick numerous buildings to recreate enviroments that will bring back memories for some and educate others !

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The staff are all in character and re very enthusiatic, eagerly telling you all about their roles and answering any quetion you have. The more curious you are - the more you learn !
The museum area was not as huge as I feared (I have mobility issues) but I was cifirtable walking around and there were plenty of of places to sit and rest whilst taking in all you could see.

Dislikes;
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Canal trip run by different company so extra fees payable - also it was time away from the museum.
Chip shop very popular for lunch, more eating nearby needed !!

Overall a very enjoyable visit acheived before any rainshowers returned ! Children and adults were all really enjoying themselves !

Thank AuntyHeather
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Liked the mine tour but lacked a little love!

I went here with my parents for an adult’s family day out. It is quite an expensive entrance fee and then once inside you still have to pay for further things (e.g canal tour boat trip which I think a further £6 each). The site is on 26 acres so I was expecting it to take all day but found at lot of the space was just empty.

The main village part was good although was have been nice to have made the bread there etc like other living museums do. Apart from the staff/ actors instead the buildings there was no information on where the building came from originally.

Another thing that annoyed us was we had specifically come to see the museum from the South-west and found the place was very slow starting. We arrived at 10am when it opened and there were still getting the vehicles out of the garages, none of the demonstrations started until later instead of running throughout the day, the fair ground was not open yet and the shops/ houses shut for lunch! We found this very odd considering it is a day out and they shut shop at lunch time!

The tour mine was good but again no organisation you just had to queue up and hope to be the next 25 people in.

We all thought it needed at little tlc. For example as on the main street there were large metal box containers that obviously were not inkeeping with the time the museum is meant to be. Shame really.

Thank Spamsw
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Happened upon this place by chance and the array of buildings is unbelievable. The staff were very knowledgable and willing to talk but considering we went on the first day of the summer holidays they didn't seem fully staffed. Certainly somewhere I would love to visit again but it lacks the special magic of Beamish!

Thank mjk27
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

What a fabulous place to visit - so well thought out and so much history from the place where I was born and bred! They even have my old infants school there too! There was a 40's event on this weekend which me and my friend visited but even without that, the place is so interesting! Try the wonderful fish and chips from Hobbs which was originally in New Street, Dudley - it has been restored to its full glory with the lovely ceramic tiles, also the Bottle and Glass for a pint of real ale! There is still things for the little ones too, the old fairground with hook a duck and lots of old fashioned rides. And don't forget a ride on the trolley bus! Also, if you gift aid when you pay, you can re-visit as many times as you want during the year FREE! Please visit and support this wonderful attraction, its a piece of living history and makes you proud to be from the Black Country!

Thank StephR3
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Had an amazing time, wish we had given ourselves longer there as there was definitely more to see and do. The Victorian Playground is great fun and the staff around the site are informative. Everything is displayed well in all the shops and houses and really gives you a good idea of what it would have been like to live there. The only small criticism is that it is not clear what times the demonstrations or shows are for example chain making and the silent cinema so they are easy to miss. Overall a fantastic day out.

Thank CharBean53
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