Admission adults online booking for December £17.95 child £10.90, Parking £3.00
Blists Hill Victorian Village is set up like a small industrial town in the year 1900. Queen Victoria has been on the throne for 63 years and the average wage is £42 a year.
There never was a village on this site but it was an area of blasting furnaces, mines, factories, mines and canals. After falling into disuse it was brought in the 1950s by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust who re-created the small industrial village. The canal and blast furnaces are original to the site, other original buildings have been brought brick by brick from other places and rebuilt on site.
There’s a lot to see at this museum however it’s not really for small children, unless they like history. As our trip here was in December the place was dressed for Christmas, there was a Santa at an extra cost and reindeer’s in the Saw mill, a nice touch was the snow that greeted us as we entered the village, a sort of foamy fluff that fell from the top of a building and stuck like snow.
In the Iron works they were holding Mr Morton’s Christmas Party which consisted of a Punch and Judy show which we missed, The Ragamuffins Choir who sang Christmas Carlos, (put me right in the mood), an alternative Cinderella story called Cinderfella and what I found extremely funny The 12 Days of Christmas in which Mr Morton invited people up from the audience to play the parts of the song, I would just like to point out that it was the adults that seemed to be having the most fun while the kiddies all looked rather bemused.
First stop was the bank to change our money into pounds, shillings and pence to spend in the shops, not essential as everything has two price labels, one in todays money and one in old money . The village has shops set out as they would have been, some so small we were unable to get in to see anything, one of the favorite shops seemed to be the fish shop which sold fish and chips fried in beef fat, we tried them and they were fabulous, yes totally unhealthy but oh so tasty. There’s a couple of small cottages to look around and a doctors house, also a school room which was that packed we couldn’t get in to see it. Demonstrations can be seen on different days, we saw pattern making for iron work, and candle making, we missed the lace making. We did manage to get on the last trip of the day on the horse bus, (a £1 a trip). For another £2 you can take a trip on the train into the mine which isn’t a mine but a pipe, once inside in the dark a film is projected onto the wall of a silhouetted father and son mining and trying to get away from the black dust, (carbon monoxide) which killed a lot of miners. Ok for kiddies, not really an adult experience but there’s nothing to suggest this before you get into the tunnel. There is a woodland walk up to the Hay inclined Plane which we started then turned back as the pathway was very muddy and quite slippery and we weren’t really dressed for that. I would like to go back in better weather mid week when it would not be so busy.
Food is available from the fish shop, the butchers who sells pasties and pies and the bakery who sells freshly baked bread. However I would stay clear of The Forest Glen Refreshment Pavilion, we queued for 20 minutes for a coffee and hot chocolate, both were cold and the chocolate was just like water, we handed them back and had a refund.