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.

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
  • Browse the unusual products for 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
  • See red-hot metal being poured in the Iron Foundry on most Wednesday mornings
  • Explore original industrial monuments such as the Hay Inclined Plane and Blast Furnaces
  • We are big dog fans and love to see them in the Victorian Town. Sadly we can't welcome them in to exhibits or cafes where food is prepared or served

Download our detailed Access Guide here. 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

May. 20 - 26, 2017

Queen Victoria’s Birthday

We’re celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday with some great family fun activities.

May. 27 - Jun. 04, 2017

Heroes of History Activities

At Blists Hill Victorian Town over the May half-term holiday join in a range of fun hands-on activities to discover more about Victorian engineering heroes and inspirational inventors, all...

Far From The Madding Crowd
Jun. 18, 2017

Far from the Madding Crowd

Hotbuckle Productions are returning to Blists Hill Victorian Town on Sunday 18 June with their own inspired adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far from the Madding Crowd. Suitable for...

Jul. 1 - 02, 2017

Steampunk Festival

Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town over the weekend of 1 & 2 July for our first ever Steampunk Festival.

Jul. 1 - 02, 2017

Steampunk Festival

Corsets & clogs are blended together at Ironbridge’s first ever Steampunk gathering at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Check back for details closer to the time of the event. Activities...

Jul. 28, 2017

1930s Supper and Song Evening

Step back in time, and along to some fantastic music, at our nostalgic 1930s-themed music hall evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Tevithick Loco 2010
Aug. 19 - 20, 2017

Blists Hill in Steam

Blists Hill Victorian Town will be ‘in steam’ on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, giving you a rare chance to get up close and personal with an...

Sep. 29, 2017

1940s Supper and Song Evening

Step back in time, and along to some fantastic music, at our nostalgic 1940s-themed music hall evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Oct. 28, 2017

Ghostly Gaslight

Join us for our annual Halloween fright night on Saturday 28 October, 6pm-9pm, at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Wander the streets, shops and houses which will be transformed...

Nov. 4, 2017

Fireworks Night

This evening really is one of the highlights of our events calendar.

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