Blists Hill Victorian Town

Travel back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian life

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EXPERIENCE LIFE IN 1900

Step back in time to the dawn of the modern age. Experience what everyday life was life in 1900. See how technological advances and industry were changing people's lives. 

Visit Victorian shops and cottages, meet craftspeople demonstrating their trades and taste authentic food in our recreated working town.

The following facilities and rules apply at this attraction:

  • Tea & Coffee available
  • Disabled toilets
  • Keep dogs on a lead
  • Ladies & Gents toilets
  • Restaurants available
  • Special Events throughout the year
  • Shopping available

HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE 

  • Exchange your modern money for Pounds, Shillings and Pence in the Bank
  • Inspect the unusual Victorian remedies at the Pharmacy
  • Learn how candles were made in the 19th century in the Candlemakers
  • See our traditional printing presses in action
  • Climb aboard our little train to go into the Blists Hill Mine

TRADITIONAL GAMES & AMUSEMENTS

  • Ride the old-fashioned fairground rides, 11am-4pm
  • Try your luck on the Coconut Shy
  • Give the kids the chance to let off some steam at the Madeley Wood Co. Outdoor Adventure playground
  • Dress up for a portrait in our Victorian Photographic Studio 
  • Take a Horse Bus ride around the streets of the Upper Town, 1:30-2:45pm

(Some activities are seasonal, please check for details)

GO ON... TREAT YOURSELF!

You won't go hungry at Blists Hill Victorian Town...

  • Enjoy a bag of Fish and Chips cooked the traditional way in beef dripping (vegan option available)
  • Bag a sweet (or two) from our 19th century selection 
  • Grab a snack from one of our eating venues
  • Bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere on the Green or at the Outdoor Adventure playground - there are benches at both locations

VISITOR INFORMATION

Activities vary from day to day and some carry additional charges. 

If you have a physical or hidden disability and would like to find out ways we are trying to improve your experience at Blists Hill Victorian Town, visit our Access page here

We're currently undertaking work at Blists Hill Victorian Town as part of the Conserving the Historic Estate project, a 3-year conservation programme funded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. For a few months from 14 May 2024 we are working to repair and conserve the Hay Inclined Plane. While the woodland path is open to explore it will not be possible to follow the circular footpath and walkers must return by the path they use for entry. Click here to find out more

For more details contact us on 01952 433 424.

parking

PASS PLUS holders and Friends can park in our Blists Hill Victorian Town car parks for free during their daytime visit by validating their PASS PLUS at the front desk when they arrive. Find out more.

Experience ironbridge your way

To help you get the most out of your visit to Ironbridge Valley of Invention, we’ve created three tailored itineraries to guide you around our different sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ironbridge Gorge.

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Walk to Blists Hill Victorian Town from the Museum of the Gorge 

We have created three walking routes that guide you through the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge between the Museum of the Gorge and three of our other museums, including Blists Hill Victorian Town. To find out how to visit Blists Hill Victorian Town on foot, find out more here

INTRODUCING IRONBRIDGE

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Discover the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

GET INVOLVED

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Hands-on fun and interactive experiences

BE INSPIRED

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Explore our awe-inspiring collections 

DISCOVER INNOVATION

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Step in to the historical heart of Ironbridge

Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
8th Apr – 21st Jul 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
22nd Jul – 1st Sep 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
2nd – 29th Sep 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
30th Sep – 25th Oct 2024 Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

All museums are closed 24, 25 & 26 December.

See our opening times page for other attraction times.

Directions

The postcode for Blists Hill Victorian Town is TF7 5UD

See our directions page for further details.

Blists Hill Victorian Town is our largest attraction, and we recommend you allow at least 3 hours to see everything.  You can pick up a free attraction map on the day, or download it to help you plan your trip before you arrive.

You can find further information on the FAQs tab.  

Have you visited yet?

We've created an amazing family attraction in the woodlands at Blists Hill Victorian Town. The Madeley Wood Company Outdoor Adventure, named after the company that historically ran mine operations on the site, is Shropshire's hottest open-air adventure space.

The Outdoor Adventure features elevated walks above the woodland floor, a log-style basket swing, seesaw and lookout tower with a coal chute slide. Built among trees and inspired by the area’s rich mining past, the Outdoor Adventure also features wheelchair-accessible multi-level themed buildings, immersive play areas and a toddler zone with a faux mine-cart track, play buildings, a slide and miniature zip-line.

Families can get refreshments from our food and drink kiosk with a covered seating area.

Admission to the Madeley Wood Company Outdoor Adventure is included in our popular PASS and PASS PLUS meaning families can come back again and again for 12 months! 

partytime!

You can now book exclusive use of the Madeley Wood Co. Outdoor Adventure for a child's birthday party or other celebration.

Exclusive use is available daily from 9am-10.30am or 5.30pm-7pm for groups of up to 25 children. Minimum booking of 15 children, who must be accompanied by two adults for the duration of the party (included in booking). Additional children are charged at £15 each.

Hire costs from £200 and includes cold party food and unlimited squash & water. The Shepherd's Hut will be open during parties for adults to purchase hot & cold drinks and snacks. 

For more information, or to book a party, email venuehire@ironbridge.org.uk

Click here to read our FAQs.

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The New Inn Pub

A fully licensed period pub serving a range of beers, spirits and soft drinks. Open daily from 12pm until 5pm.

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Forest Glen Refreshment Pavilion

Enjoy refreshments including 'chefs meal of the day', cakes and hot & cold drinks. Open 10.30am until 3.30pm.

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Coffee Shop – Entrance Building

Café serving a range of hot & cold snacks and beverages. Open 10am until 5pm.

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Wm Bates Fish & Chip Shop

Authentically prepared take-away Fish & Chips with vegan and gluten-free options. Open 11.30am until 3.30pm.

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The Shepherd's Hut

Inside the Madeley Wood Co. Outdoor Adventure and open 11am-4pm.

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Blists Hill Gift Shop

Showcasing the unique products that we make ourselves; from the cast iron that is made at our on site Foundry to items made in our Plasterers. We offer a range of products that you will find within the shops in the Victorian town as well as a range of souvenirs and gifts from local suppliers within Shropshire. The shop is open daily from 10am until 5pm and is accessible without paying admission to the museum.

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The Bakery

Our Victorian Bakery sells delicious freshly-made bread, fruit buns, biscuits and shortbread. Fresh bread usually is ready for sale at around 12noon.

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Annie Pritchard's Sweet Shop

Step inside our wonderland of treats - see jar upon jar of old favourites and listen to the sound of the boiled-sweets being weighed in the scales.

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Grocers

Learn more about the importance of tea and why the Grocery Shop was one of the best places to work in the High Street.

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Bates & Hunt Chemist Shop

There's so much to learn about the perils of everyday Victorian life here - from dangerous remedies to harmful beauty treatments.

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John Edmunds Printers & Stationers

Our fully-operational Printing Shop is a wonder for the senses... the sounds, smells and sights of Victorian industry.

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