Enter a world from the past, the Town is located on a 52 acre site and is a recreation of Victorian life, even down to obtaining replica pounds, shillings and pennies from the era. Attractions include numerous shops, cottages, a fairground, rides on horse and carts, as well as industrial monuments.
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
12 month ticket for all attractions
Child / Student: £15.25
Blists Hill Victorian Town sounded quite good to me, so off we went to find it.
We had some trouble, which was a shame, as it meant we didn't have enough time to have a real good look around.
The Village is full of shops, cottages and workplaces, there are animals plus horse and cart ride's.
We found the people behind the counter's, were dressed in old style, and all the good's for sale, were from the old day's. It was quite an interesting Village, and you would need a minimum of 2hours and more to have a good look around.
At the Visitor Centre, there is a film telling the story of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge.
Hungry, light snacks and traditional meals are available, also fish and chips and a pie shop.
OPEN...Seven days a week, all year.
10am - 5pm Easter - OctobeR & 10am - 4pm November - Easter
The Passport Ticket allows repeat day time access to all 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, during normal opening hours, so you can return as often as you like for one year.
If after 12 months you have still not visited particular sites, you can return at any time in the future to make one free visit to the sites that you've missed.
A passport ticket costs..Adult £22.50 Child Student £14.75
Blists Hill Victorian Town only...Adult £14.95 Child Student £9.95
A great way to spend a few hours.
The tile museum had tiles in abundance! Unfortunately the manufacturing part of the museum was closed as we visited on a Sunday. There are several examples of the uses of tiles and reconstructed examples.
Also within a very short walking distance is Maws craft centre which houses a number of craft shops and a cafe. Again, as we visited on a Sunday, only a few of the shops were open and it was very quiet.
A great day out, although we spent 4 hrs here including a lovely lunch. (there are 3 places to get food here)
You can get in to the spirit of things and exchange some of your money for 'old' money to spend in the vistorian shops although they do take 'new' money too.
Lots of characters in Victorian costume around Blists Hill including a colourful drunk sailer in the pub leading sing-songs. There was also a regimental display on the green which was fun. The only part of Blists Hill I didn't look into was a china clay rail/tram ride which goes through tunnels that you can take from the bottom end of the Town. That costs an extra £2.
Check out the pharmacy which was used for filming the BBC series Victorian Pharmacy.
Also consider getting the Passport which gives you unlimited visiuts to all 10 of the Ironbridge Museums for 12 months.
I think that Ironbridge have done a fantastic job with their museums and none more so that the former Coalport china factory now a museum.
The museum itself is dedicated to Coalport's china making history and includes some very immpressive pieces dating back to the late 18th century when the factory was built.
There are a couple of original huge bottle kilns in fine preservation and the old china warehouses have been converted to a youth hostel and a cafe.
The museum's location on the banks of the river Severn is a delight and only 100 metres from a footbridge that crosses the river to Jackfield and it's museums and excellent public house The Boat Inn, unspoilt by progress.
The cost of entry is £7.40 for adults (seniors and students get a discount) but you are better off paying £21 for an Ironbridge Passport that will give you access to most attractions.
As mentioned earlier there is cafe on site.
OK, if you are in Ironbridge you came to see this, and it is impossible to miss. Take time to walk across it to the little museum (free!), and walk beneath the bridge on the walkway to see the intricate ironwork design. It is pretty fascinating to see what this, an initial structure of the Industrial Revolution, is all about.
This is a fine museum. It's built in the buildings of the old tile factory complex and re-creates a comprehensive of an industry that once was prominent in the area. You can walk through the original trade show room and see the products that were sold all over Britain. Different rooms are set up as if they were a Tube station, offices, residences and other buildings that would have had tiles made from here. There are some wonderful tile scenes that were rescued form hospitals that were torn down in the 1980s.
Overall, there is a lot to see here, and you get to walk through some history that feels familiar at the same time.
Broseley was once home to one of the most prolific clay tobacco pipe making factories in Britain. The building was left abandoned and untouched in the 1950s when the works were abandoned and left untouched until reopened as a museum in 1996.
The secrets of how and why the bridge was built are revealed in an exhibition housed in the original Tollhouse on the south side of the Bridge. The tourist infromation centre is located inside this building.
Jackfield was once the world centre of the tile industry. In this museum are various tiles produced on site. Staff from the Craven Dunnill Company still produce tiles here on certain days, while you can produce your own.
Blists Hill is a recreation of an entire Victorian town. It is full of people dressed and acting in ful character going about their daily lives. You can visit the pub, the school, the chemist or the candle-maker. In the summer there are additional events such as fairgrounds or weddings.
This village seemed to have a good supply of shops and businesses. Our stop was early on a Sunday morning so we never did get to go shopping.
The river was a drawcard not to mention the bridge itself. To the left of the bridge there is a set of steps that takes you down to the river bank. The walkway along here was a pleasure trail!
Quaint cottages on one side and the still waters of the river on the other.
Blists Hill stands on a high hill over the River Severn. During the 19th century, in order to haul boats from the river up to the town, this system was developed. Steam power pulled each boat up a pair of wooden rails, altogether 350 feet--equal to 27 conventional locks. This ingenious system remained in use until 1894.
The points of contact are for the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre.
Here, alongside long-abandoned factories, is a restored Victorian-era town which serves as an open-air, living history museum. It has both tourist sights and authentic remnants of the Industrial Revolution. Of particular interest is a replica of the world's first steam locomotive, which was built here in Coalbrookdale for Richard Trevithick in 1803. Another unusual piece of work is the local parish church, constructed of corrugated iron.
This tunnel was used by miners to extract bitumen. This is a thick, gooey substance, once used to treat ropes and caulk ships. It runs beneath the village of Coalport, near the Hay Inclined Plane. It was dug in 1787, during the heyday of coal mining in this area. Points of contact are for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums.