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Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

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An intricately designed open-air complex of red-brick constructions, cobbled streets, and renovated storefronts spread over 10.5 hectares (26 acres), Black Country Living Museum serves to preserve a number of important buildings from the Black Country region. Many of the buildings in the museum were transferred from their original locations to faithfully recreate a working village portraying life in the period between the 1850s to the 1950s. Wander in and out of the houses, shops, and workshops, each of which contains notable artifacts. In all, the complex contains 80,000 items, including a steam-powered Turner-Miesse car, two mine shafts, and a few limekilns. Check out the pharmacy and the original supplies it holds, wave to costumed staff as you ride past them aboard a vintage public bus, and watch smiths forge chains and nails. And when hunger calls, stop into the fish n' chips shop for a taste of the British staple--the fries here are as thick as your thumb and twice as long. Plan your Black Country Living Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dudley using our Dudley itinerary planner.
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  • Fantastic day out, no matter what your age. This is mainly an outdoor museum, there is lots to do and see, and some fantastic history shared. Wonderful fish and chips, plus the sweet and cake shop too...  more »
  • Visited here with my husband and had a lovely day and found out some interesting facts. We was shocked to find how small the place is especially to the other living museum (beamish). I would still rec...  more »
  • See how the miners and other working class families lived and worked in the early 1900's. Lots of living up close features with locals who are full of helpful information. Pub, chip shop and cafe on s...  more »
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  • Great day out and a great place to learn about the black country of old. The Victorian buildings are beautifully authentic as well as the actors in them being wonderful. There's also an olde style fairground with rides not to expensive. The fish and chips are a must although the line at meal time often stretches down the road. You can also get on Dudley Canal boat trips via the museum.
  • Had a brilliant day here so much to do and see. The staff are so friendly and love to talk and tell stories. The boat ride on the canal was expensive given that if already paid for the entrance fee but was really interesting and very beautiful.
  • Great place - love it! So 'vintage', but in a good way. The fair, the chips and the canal boats. (along with everything else!) And a great idea for the 'come back anytime within a year'! Will be back soon!
  • In our 10 day trip to England this was my favorite place we visited. The history here is astounding. The volunteers are knowledgeable and eager to interact with people and kids. The pub, school, antique vehicles, and carnival were all authentic and so fun. I heard the fish and chips were better than all the rest, but the line was too long. I couldn't recommend visiting more.
  • Brilliant museum. Spread across quite a large area. Easy to spend a day there. Very good traditional fish and chips. Excellent traditional pub. They do a lot of filming there for TV and movies. They have lots of special weekend themed events. Loved the 1940's weekends. Everyone was dressed up.