Ironbridge Gorge Museums : Blists Hill Victorian Town
During the half term holidays, we decided to make the most of our invitation to visit the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s, Shropshire. Bank Holiday Monday saw us visiting the Tar Tunnel as well as spending the afternoon at Blists Hill Victorian Town.
This recreated Victorian Town is in a brilliant location to enjoy a memorable day, and find out about life living as a Victorian over 100 years ago.Located just outside of Ironbridge Gorge, this site has in ways been preserved from Victorian days as some aspects are original, for example the blast furnaces and brick & tile works where as some buildings have been relocated brick by brick to the site or in some cases newly built using heavily detailed research and carefully sources materials.
From the moment you walk out of the reception building you know you have arrived in Victorian times, before heading outside you are first greeted by a video room, cleverly mastered projected films onto each wall of the room.
Upon leaving this room you are greeted outside by the whole of the town, there ready for you to walk around and experience. To help give the feeling of life, Victorian characters go about their daily lives in their cottages, shops and places of work.
First of all we made a dash for the bank, Lewis wanted to change his spending pennies into Victorian pennies. Then with him having his spends burning a hole in his pocket he was really eager to have a go at candle dipping where he made a rainbow candle, buy a substantial amount of sweets from the confectioners and afterwards we stocked up on provisions for a picnic by calling at the butchers for pies and then onto the bakery for cakes.
- Drapers & Outfitters
- Iron merchants
- Photographers You can have group Victorian style photo’s taken here, recommended that you make prior bookings to partake in this activity.
- Saw Mill
And so so much more! All are fully working establishments, some can be seasonal so it is best to check the What’s On section of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums web-page.
Next we made our way downhill where Lewis immediately clocked the Victorian Funfair and made a ditch effort at spending more of his Victorian Pennies, each ride/game is priced at 2½d (£1). I have covered each attraction Lewis played at in our video review which you will find at the bottom of this post.
Afterwards we had the opportunity to visit the on site Victorian School, when we arrived at school there was a class in progress so we walked in the back of the school to watch the class. The teacher plays his role incredibly well, I found the parts of him disciplining pupils who had tattoo’s really funny, also before going into school all pupils have to line up in the yard and remove their hats. This is really a cracking part of the attraction which is a must for visiting. I wanted to record the teacher but actually felt slightly unsure asking so choose to sit in class silently stifling giggles instead, I really don’t want to ruin the fun.
Afterwards we headed further downhill to the resident houses of Blists Hill firstly calling at the Squatter Cottage and then the Shelton Tollhouse. Having a good look at the type houses people lived in.
Due to recent bad weather we were unable to venture any further into the lives of residents as the paths were very boggy so we were unable to visit the church and Incline Plane. We then headed back up into the high town area to make a trip to the on-site fish & chips then have a quick pint in the pub for a sing song before the end of the day.
All in all we absolutely LOVED Blists Hill and we shall be returning again soon!
Having had an earlier read about the Blists Hill site prior to visiting, the webpage recommends allowing 2 – 4 hours for a visit. I could understand this time allowance if the site is not running to full availability. But during the holidays the town is bursting with life and I really do recommend allowing a full day to fully appreciate the full experience, all in all we were on site for 4 hours of which we didn’t get to visit everywhere or complete all activities.
If you are thinking about visiting Blists Hill Victorian Town or any other of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, tickets for each attraction can be purchased at the door or you can purchase an annual pass. The annual passes give you unlimited daytime access to all of the Ironbridge Gorge museum sites over a 12 month period.
**This is not a sponsored post. We were provided with an Invitation to visit all Ironbridge Museums to review. All words and opinions are my own.