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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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  • Lovely day out for families, couples and groups alike. I definitely recommend it. We can't wait for the new exhibitions to open. 
    Lovely day out for families, couples and groups alike. I definitely recommend it. We can't wait for the new exhibitions to open.  more »
  • Our 2nd visit here, having been previously 3 years ago. You never get to see/do everything in one visit. Lots to see and do, exhibits are great and the volunteers are knowledgeable and informative... 
    Our 2nd visit here, having been previously 3 years ago. You never get to see/do everything in one visit. Lots to see and do, exhibits are great and the volunteers are knowledgeable and informative...  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.

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