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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dudley using our trip planner.
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Black Country Living Museum Reviews
We spent several hours looking at all the most interesting shops etc. Its like a smaller version of " Beamish".So much to see and do. Would definitely recommend. more »
We were really looking forward to our visit today as part of our holiday. We have been to many similar museums including St. Fagan's in Cardiff and so we had experience to measure our experience by. W... more »
We decided as we were meeting up for the weekend we take the opportunity to revisit the BCLM. Once again it was a revelation. We all enjoyed the reminiscences that the tour around the museum gave us a... more »
Very educational and fun for old and young. Love the sweet shop and bakery. Best fish and chips I've had in ages. Lovely being able to use buses and other things without additional charges. The demo we had with the chain links and the brass maker were excellent.
A fantastic family day out. The coal mine experience and the Victorian school classroom were great, the kids loved them. Reasonably priced food at the various outlets. A sunny bank holiday is probably best avoided as the queue to get in was about half an hour. Opens at 10:00 and would recommend getting there early as there is so much to do.
Pretty inspiring place to take the kids and show them what life was like at the turn of the last century. Funfair is overpriced but i would say its pretty good value overall saying that you can go back as many times as you want in a twelve month period. We spent about 4 hours exploring everything.
Superb trek back in time. Vintage rules. Tram and bus rides. Old fashioned mini fair. Food and drink prices as you'd expect. Entrance fee is reasonable with unlimited returns for the year. Excellent value. Educational even though today's youth can't comprehend how easy life is today in comparison. Great day out.
Great day out for young and old, 12 year old and grandparents, througly enjoyed this museum, takes you back in time with the sights and sounds, fully immersive experience. the staff who dress up and interact are really good, a great day out, arrived at 11 and left at closing, didn't feel like we spent all day there. You also get a years pass included in the family ticket so great value for money. highly recommend this place.
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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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