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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 my trip to Dudley with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • A good day out but a shame to see so many attractions closed whilst the new projects are built. Understand why but just means that it shaves an hour or so off your visit. Went with wife and 4 year... 
    A good day out but a shame to see so many attractions closed whilst the new projects are built. Understand why but just means that it shaves an hour or so off your visit. Went with wife and 4 year...  more »
  • Probably the best living museum you will ever visit. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Plenty to see and do. Lots of interactive experiences. Hard to beat! Well done BCLM. Made me proud of my Black.....  more
    Probably the best living museum you will ever visit. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Plenty to see and do. Lots of interactive experiences. Hard to beat! Well done BCLM. Made me proud of my Black.....  more »
  • First time visit and very impressed. The staff were very friendly and informative. Plenty of room for a stroll around the site. Will definitely be back soon. 
    First time visit and very impressed. The staff were very friendly and informative. Plenty of room for a stroll around the site. Will definitely be back soon.  more »
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  • A family visit today was pleasant. We enjoyed the interaction between characters within the grounds. The school teacher was the most charming. Ma'am. Still to visit a few things but ticket enables return visit for a year. Fish and chips was tasty although be prepared to pay enhanced prices. On a hot day and with children it would have been made easier to have access to drinking water. Look forward to the additional attractions next year.
  • Our visit was a small disappointment. We stayed less time than we expected and came away underwhelmed. It has the potential and there is clearly a lot of energy and £ going into future developments, but what's there right now was not enough to keep us occupied for a full afternoon. The exhibits are clearly authentic, but often unexplained. The basics for kids partly there ( a trail for kids with a detective theme sounded great) but came back to smiley face sticker handouts at stations without adding story or life. Only one character we met engaged with our little one, to be fair maybe we missed out in the busy half term numbers. The workers institute cafe was so mixed. Nice food when we finally got it, but so much not available right before our eyes. And the wait was too much. Queues for the sweet shop, bakery, chippy, courtroom added time but not value. Sorry to be down about this place we hoped for much more and maybe others will get more from it. One final thought don't wear gleaming white trainers. This is a much muddier day out.
  • What an absolutely beautiful time capsule! It's like stepping right back in time, people from every era are busy going about their day but never fail to stay welcoming. We loved the interactive elements such as the school and the serving chip shops/pub as well, all very informative. Would definitely love to come back sometime!
  • My first visit here but definitely not my last. There is so much to experience here, it brings industrial history to life in an interactive way suitable for all ages. The re-creation of the houses, shops, school, workers institute, cinema, pubs, barges, buses, mines and workshops gives a fascinating insight into past lives. Allow plenty of time for a visit as there is so much to see. The admission cost is very reasonable especially as you can revisit for free for a year. Food and drink is also well-priced. Absolutely brilliant day out!
  • Visited today - Had a wonderful time. Staff all very pleasant and knowledgeable - Its a very interactive place, which makes you feel like you have been transported back in time. Fish and chips are delicious and well worth everything penny. Wonderful history, which I appreciate as I am a local. Nice to see how it was only a few years ago when you think of it!

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