22 reviews of Black Country Living Museum in English
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The Imagine Group from Great Barr Birmingham visited today Wed 26th May 2010 had an unexpected suprise of perhaps a GHOST in the Chemist's Shop at about 1.45pm caught on Camera also temp in shop really dropped. Black floating shape, looked to see if caused by shadows but no about 8 people in shop at the time, then we all tried with our camerea's. Fish and Chips were great so were the exhibits.
I have been visiting this facility since I was a small child, and all I can say is that it keeps getting better!
This time we visited on a Bank Holiday, meaning there was even more entertainment provided by a local theatre company.
The entrance fee has increased due to new attractions this year, but is still great value for money and you will not be disappointed I assure you.
I can highly recommend either of the two Chip shops, for Fish and Chips, but get in the queue early as they get quite busy, and for around £5 you will have the best Fish and Chips around, and where better to accompany your meal than in the beer garden at the Pub there, with a pint of Bitter or Mild!
A great day out for all ages guaranteed, giving an excellent portrayal of "Black Country" life at the turn of the 20th century and 1930's
With a "Gift Aid" entrance fee for no extra cost you can return within a year for free (except Bank Holiday), which I think is a great scheme.
The Black Country Living Museum is absolutely fantastic. I don't know of anything else like it. As you enter, there is the indoor museum with interactive displays and intranet showing the different aspects of Black Country living. Most of the attraction is outside though in the form of a recreation of a Victorian village with characters who tell you about what their life would have been like. All the people are so friendly and chatty. Within the village there are a few shop fronts showing what sort of things would be sold. You can look in and around them.
It's great for all ages. There is a Victorian fairground (although sadly not at Victorian prices! Rides are all £1 each). There is the underground mine. We've been down there twice now. The roof is a bit low in places, it's reall dark and at one point, there is a loud bang. It all adds to the experience. Children are allowed down at their parent's discretion. I took my 4 year old down there and he absolutely loved it.
Within the village, there is a sweet shop where you can buy bags of sweets, there is a pub where you can get a drink and Hobbs Fish 'n' Chips where you can get what my OH would tell you are the best fish and chips he's ever had! Cooked in beef dripping. However, if that's not your thing, you can get sandwiches and things from the modern Canalside Cafe just outside the Victorian village. Canalside also makes really nice cups of tea and hot chocolate and fairly reasonable prices.
You can ride for free on a tram or trolleybus around the site between the indoor museum, the mine, the fairground and the village.
The entry price (£12.95 per adult and £6.95 for children) can make it quite expensive although under 5's are free, children are 5-18 and there are good value family tickets. Also, with each paid ticket, there is free entry on your next visit and if you donate your admission, you get 12 months membership for the price of one admission. So it really is worth it. We'd go just for the chips! But, if you want chips, get there before the shop opens. Last time we went, it was fairly quiet (that was a Saturday in winter) but the time before was a Saturday late summer and there was already a long queue more than half an hour before they opened!
I nearly forgot, there are boat trips along the canal but that's the only disappointing thing really that they cos extra. If it had just been a couple of quid each, it wouldn't be so bad but I think it would have cost us (2 adults and a 4 year old) over £20 which I thought was a bit of a rip-off. I think that's something which could have been included in the admission price (or at least partly included).
Black country museum is such a fantastic place for a day visit. Especially on a nice day where you can sit down and maybe have some lunch. Ive been here a few times and havnt been bored yet so i wil lcontinue to go.
Have been here many times, on my own, with the family, and with classes of schoolchildren. No-one has ever been bored there, which says a lot for it. There are a wide variety of activities, from mining to a Victorian funfair using old pennies. Makes a great evening out at Christmas, when there is a lovely atmosphere - brass band, handbell ringers, several carol singing groups, roast chestnuts - they make a great effort. Go on, give it a try!
Great for a day out, took my girlfriend last year and they even gave us a voucher to come back for free sometime. The best part is the mine, make sure you go in. We also saw an old film in the victorian cinema which was cool. If the queue isnt too long get yourself some fish and chips!
Great day out with plenty to do there. The mining experience of visiting a working underground mine, was the highlight of the day. You go down in groups with helmets and flashlights provided,and it gives a real insight into the working conditions and how life was for the miners in Dudley.It was a very educational day out, but the only thing that let it down was the cost of food and drinks.After paying around £22.00 for two adults for entrance tickets, and around £15.00 for food and drink it was a costly day out.So my advice is to be prepared and take your own food with you
a great authentic museum that is based around a canal and has canal trips which are extra to the museum price, but is fully commentated and you can experience legging. you can go in oldewordle hardware shops, chip shop(fantastic best food ever), sweetshop, school( were you can experience the discipline in victorian times). there is a mine that you can go down with hard hat that takes some bending and not for the clausthophobia. there is a tram and a fair that allows rides on, tram is free but fair is extra. there is a pub where you can have ales e.tc
Historic buildings from around the Black Country have been rebuilt here to create an authentic feel. Take a trip down a coal mine (with realistic sound effects) or have a lesson in the old school (practice your times table before you go!). Staff are dressed authentically and really throw themselves into the part! Educational but fun.
I have visited the black country museum on two occasions this year as the first time i visited our family purchased a family pass which allowed us to use the pass for a whole year for the price of one pass which i thought was excellent value!
The museum is a little gem and we as a family loved it. we particualy like the coal mine where you don a hard hat and hold a lantern and travel down the mine to view animated models describing exactly what it was like to work down there.
Most buildings you go into have a guide dressed in the costume of the day telling you the history of the house, school or whatever building you are in.
There is a lovely old fashioned fair which my children loved playing on and the fish and chip shop provided a lovely meal for when you have all worked up an appetite
A great day out!!
this is a lovely day out for all the family.
Its reasonable price and there is plenty to do and see.
there are lovely areas where yo can go for a picnic or there are many shops and places to get food including an old fashioned chip shop!!
its an educational place as well as a fun day for all
no this is a place to go with the kids lots of things in there so this is great IM IN TO HISTORY THATS WHY I LIKE THE PLACE ITS NICE TO LOOK ROUND SO YES ILL BE BACK IN THERE THE STAFF WERE VERY FRIENDLEY TO
Great place to visit, usually packed with school children however.
Everyone loves the home made sweets and bread that are very overpriced
however! great place if you’re interested in the history of the black
An ok place to visit, i’d recommend it more for people who havent grown up in the black country. You sort of know a lot of what the museum is about already as its usually taught to the local kids anyway. A bit pricey to get in, better to buy a family ticket - if you agree to gift aid then you get a one years pass free for all the family. It’s difficult to spend the whole day there and once inside after spending so much on the admission you are expected to pay for everything else such as the old fair which i think should be included in the price. The chip shop there is quite good, chips are very nice but the queues are ridiculous, every person they serve gets a run down about the history of the shop so the wait can be over an hour. They have boat trips which are again an additional cost where you can go into the tunnel.
Fantastic, we loved this place its like stepping back in time and the atmosphere was wonderful. So many things to see and do that it easily fills a day. The kids loved the old fair and even though you have to pay it was worth it as they were fascinated by the whole thing. The food was a bit pricey but no more than any other place when your somewhere like that. The shop and little houses were of special interest and the staff that worked there really held the kids attention with the tails of what it was like back in the day. Cant fault it, well worth the money and definately a place to go back to.
Ok - You may think a museum - rubbish!
However this place is amazing its like stepping back in time. All the people who work there love there jobs and know every single bit of detail about the local area and that period of time. They are all dressed to the occassion to make it realistic.
There are many things to do eg: old cinema, pub, chip shop (Warning queues are long) and fair ground.
Tickets are around £12 per adult but is worth it.
A great day out!
In Dudley, set on a huge site, this recreation of historical/ residential and commercial buildings which have been painstakingly dismantled and rebuild has grown enormously since my first visit in 1990. There is now a whole village, complete with pub, school, ciname, shops, houses, funfair,workshops and much more. We go for a visit as a family every two years and the children -teenagers now- still love it. Visit the mines and take a trip on the canal boat, buy yourselves some old fashion sweets have fish and chips cooked on site in an original shop, you will have a great day. The best part for us is that we redeem your Tesco day out vouchers, therefore go for free!
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