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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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  • A really good day out for all ages. I was amazed at how big the place was, we managed to spend 7 hours, the shops were the best. Definitely need to go back to the bakery for more gingerbread men. We gift aided our tickets and I am so happy we did. Can't wait to go back with friends and family.
  • Brilliant, went there expecting to be only a couple of hours to look around, but ended up there all day, so much to see, you need to go down every alley you don't know what you will find. The fish and chip shop is very popular with big queues, but there is an authentic working man's cafe that serves cheap food on old fashioned tin plates, very good. At the back of the place is canal boat trips, not part of the Black Country Museum & an extra charge, but worth it. Tickets are valid for a year. Will definitely go again.
  • Have attended a couple of learning courses here and also visited in general many times. The museum is fun and interactive so there's always stuff to see and do, including the amazing Dudley canal boat trips. The staff are helpful and friendly, and the learning courses are excellent value as you get a free lunch and four free drinks plus museum entry included in the price (which is about as much as you would normally pay for the training course on its own)
  • A perfect example of an open-air Living Museum. Plenty of shops, houses, and attractions all steeped in 100 year history. This place effortlessly transports you back to 100 years ago with genuine buildings, mines, schools, shops, cottages, even local coaches and buses driving down the streets. And to costumed knowledgeable volunteers and staff bring the place to life. An experience not to be missed.
  • One more well maintained museum and providing insights into life during 1850 and beyond. The growth, progress and the livelihood opportunities during those periods is amazing to know. Modes of transportation of those periods are still in working condition which is awesome. On the whole this musuem has all things alive in working condition which is amazing to see and experience.

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Where to stay in Dudley

Hotels and less expensive lodging in the center of the city offer a convenient location. Boutique hotels in renovated historical buildings and modern hotel chains both offer nightly rates. Activity is concentrated around the town's high street, or main street, and open market. Consider accommodations near the high street for nightlife and energetic market days.
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