Blists Hill Victorian Town

Visitor Information

Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Enjoy a truly memorable day out at this recreated Victorian Town. An enjoyable way for all ages to discover more about Victorian life.

Please note that Canal Street is being resurfaced from Wednesday 15 - Friday 17 April - all shops will be open as normal.

Experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town.

Victorian characters will give you a fascinating insight into Victorian life as they go about their daily lives in their cottages, shops and places of work.  

  • Exchange your money at the Bank into pounds, shillings and pence 
  • Try some of our traditionally cooked fish and chips or delicious bread from the bakery 
  • Find out about curious remedies in the Victorian Pharmacy
  • Admire the products on sale in the Grocers and the General Drapers and Outfitter
  • Choose from a range of ‘old favourites’ in the sweetshop
  • Have fun at the Victorian Fairground during the Summer season
  • Take a look inside Victorian cottages and discover what life was like for a Victorian housewife
  • Dress up in Victorian costume to have an unforgettable portrait taken at the photographers 
  • Meet the animals and enjoy a journey around the town on a horse and cart
  • Witness traditional skills in action at the printers, candle makers and decorative plasterers
  • Explore original industrial monuments such as the Hay Inclined Plane and Blast Furnaces

You should allow 2 - 4 hours for a visit to Blists Hill Victorian Town. The site covers an area of 52 acres and is mostly outdoors. You will need to be adequately dressed for the weather as well as for walking on unmade roads.

Top Tip - as there is no cash point machine at Blists Hill Victorian Town, if you want to buy goods in the historic exhibits, please bring along some cash.

Check the Events Calendar for further information on the range of hands-on activities and events which run during most school holidays.

What’s On

St George 2
Apr. 25 - 26, 2015

St George’s Day

To celebrate St George’s Day join our patriotic parade around the upper town, followed by a re-enactment of the tale of George and the Dragon.

May. 2 - 04, 2015

Blists Hill in Steam

See Blists Hill Victorian Town’s eclectic collection of steam machines in their full working splendour at our popular Bank Holiday event. During your visit you’ll also be able to...

May. 9 - 10, 2015

Spring Wedding

Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town as they celebrate a traditional Victorian Spring Wedding.

BHVT Horse and Pub
May. 22, 2015

Dementia Friendly Day

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is proud to be a Dementia Friendly Museum and invites people living with dementia to visit Blists Hill Victorian Town on Friday 22 May...

May. 23 - 31, 2015

Queen Victoria’s Birthday

Visit Blists Hill this half term to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday! See the town dressed for the occasion and experience our parties, parades and fun...

Candle Dipping 13
May. 23 - 31, 2015

May Candle Dipping Workshops

Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the May school half-term holidays and take part in our fun drop-in workshop where you can make your own fabulously...

Blitz Hill
Jun. 20, 2015

Blitz Hill - A 1940's Evening on the Home Front

Enjoy an evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town is transformed to the 1940s. Come dressed in 1940s outfits and experience the food and entertainment...

cyclo cross
Jun. 27, 2015


The UK’s top cyclo-cross riders will ride modern bikes through Blists Hill Victorian Town as part of a challenging cycling event. The exciting Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross will attract in...

Candle Dipping 13
Jul. 18 - Sep. 06, 2015

Summer Holiday Candle Dipping Workshops

Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the school summer holidays and take part in our fun drop-in workshop where you can make your own fabulously colourful...

country fairjpg
Jul. 27 - Aug. 02, 2015

The Country Fair


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