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  • Tipton Road
    Dudley DY1 4SQ
  • Phone number 0121 557 9643
  • Business website bclm.co.uk
  • “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” in 6 reviews

  • “For those who don't want to walk too far there's a tram that takes you into the village past the fun fair, but for those who want an extra adventure underground there's even a coal mine to discover.” in 5 reviews

  • “There is now a whole village, complete with pub, school, ciname, shops, houses, funfair,workshops and much more.” in 7 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/10/2012
    1 check-in

    This is, quite frankly, an excellent place to visit. I used to come here as a child, so when I got the opportunity as part of my job to revisit, I was hoping that my rose-tinted spectacles weren't going to be forcibly removed. I didn't need to worry, as over the last 20 years it has grown, got even better, and now offers memberships to keep this important work going.

    It's a vast site, and visitors can get fish and chips (fried in beef dripping, the proper way, or vegetarian elsewhere in the village), treat themselves to faggots and peas and all sorts of amazing sweets, cakes and drinks. There's a pub on site, as well as cafes and all sorts of old shops from throughout the ages.

    For those who don't want to walk too far there's a tram that takes you into the village past the fun fair, but for those who want an extra adventure underground there's even a coal mine to discover. Add into that all the other forms of shops, industry and service - even a cinema - all staffed with volunteers in full costume... Well, it's somewhere you'll want to come back again and again.

    It is slightly pricey, but it's most definitely worth it. Excellent for children and adults alike!

    • Qype User mitch…
    • Oldbury, West Midlands
    • 87 friends
    • 106 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    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!

    • Qype User prince…
    • Bilston, West Midlands
    • 6 friends
    • 209 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    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
    country.

    • Qype User Fandan…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 2 friends
    • 24 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/4/2010

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2013

    Great day out , lots of olde things to see . strange to see old Rolfe st baths where used to go swimming at school . Real insight into how we used to live . Try the pub and the beef dripping chips .

    • Qype User sarahj…
    • Cannock, Staffordshire
    • 5 friends
    • 196 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    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

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/8/2013

    A brilliant day out, very informative, all the people play the part of 1930's Britain and mining, the chip shop is truly incredible, never tasted anything like it, the sweet shop was incredible and I brought many bags of sweets

    • Qype User poppyt…
    • Dudley, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 17 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    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!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/7/2012

    Any museum with its own pub and a chippy is worth a visit, surely?
    I came here on a school trip when I was a kid expecting a boring hushed museum full of middle-aged people in sensible slacks and M&S cardigans. I certainly didn't expect to be eating fish and chips next to the waltzers.
    Usually the highlight of school trips was choosing a snazzy new rubber in the gift shop at the end of the day. Here, the best bit is the museum itself.
    I still love it even now, about 20 years after I first visited.
    It covers 26 acres of what used to be industrial land.
    There are 50 shops, reconstructed to look like they did back when these parts were the county's industrial heartland, and staffed by costumed characters.
    My favourites are the sweet shop (obviously) and the chemist.
    There's also a tram, a mine and a schoolroom, a fairground and craft workshops.
    Have a look at the website for their events - there's a 1940s evening coming up which looks amazing!

    • Qype User supert…
    • Nuneaton, Warwickshire
    • 69 friends
    • 101 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    11/10/2008

    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!

    • Qype User pumpki…
    • Bedworth, Warwickshire
    • 13 friends
    • 123 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/12/2009

    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).

    • Qype User kevin2…
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands
    • 25 friends
    • 778 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/11/2009

    Fantastic day out. You just have to visit. So much to see and do. The fish & chips are great, the beer from the old pub is superb (so are their cheese cobs!).

    • Qype User bravob…
    • Dudley, West Midlands
    • 130 friends
    • 34 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/9/2008

    I love this place. I used to go all the time with my family when i was little and even now continue to take my own children there. It has a wonderful atmosphere and teaches children about history without them even realising they are learning. If you go on a day when the weather is nice, you can take a packed lunch and make a full day of it. Not the cheapest but worth every penny

    • Qype User lani01…
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands
    • 7 friends
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    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.

    • Qype User jamie6…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 3 friends
    • 44 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/12/2011

    Good night had here for xmas . Fish n chips 5.60 not cheap .2.00 for hot chocalate steak bap 3.00 . Fizzog drama were good with there version of snow white and the 2 dwarfs very funny. Was cold but loads to see in.doors all with real.fires to keep you warm. Pib was packed and a sing alpng in the back room . Will go agaon.in.the summer

    • Qype User brummy…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 63 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    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.

    • Qype User ad488…
    • Dudley, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 43 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/1/2009

    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!

    • Qype User stin…
    • Ashtead, Surrey
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/1/2009

    This is a living museum as in there are houses, streets, shops, cinema, canals, coal mine in working order as of the time period 1920s/30s. They even sell fish and chips of the era! (don't think the potatoe and fish are that old, but think you know what I mean)

    It's a very educational time, people dressed in costume and are willing to tell you what they are doing.

    We went to the cinema, sat in the horse hair seats and watched a silent black and white film of Laurel and Hardy, it was just brilliant.

    Didn't get to eat the fish and chips as the queue was WAY too long, but that just shows how good they must have been. There are other places to eat at reasonable prices too.

    It is a good fun day out for the whole family.

    • Qype User zeljko…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/11/2011

    We visited black country living museum with our kids and I have to say that all four of us really had a great time. it was really nice to learn more about black country and dudley and how people used to live round here at that time, shame we didnt go to old mine as kids were to young for that. Would recommend to anyone and we will definitely come back.

    • Qype User winnie…
    • West Bromwich, West Midlands
    • 9 friends
    • 299 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/9/2008

    great place to take the kids and a picnic for the day cheap entrence fee and lots of history to show your kids.

    • Qype User brooke…
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 72 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    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.

    • Qype User kitten…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 3 friends
    • 88 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    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

    • Qype User starme…
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/1/2009

    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!

    • Qype User flix9…
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 12 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/11/2012

    Great day out  took us some hours to get round everything which was good because it made it well worth the quite pricey entrance fees. Lots if activities for youngsters and adults alike. The houses, etc, are very well presented and laid out, really feels like taking a step back into the past  even the staff who are dressed up talk as though they really are from the past, too  for example, one chap said he hoped the coalman would be popping by later that day because he was running low and needed more, etc, etc.

    • Qype User twinkl…
    • West Bromwich, West Midlands
    • 5 friends
    • 206 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    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

    • Qype User rrccb…
    • Dudley, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 1 review
    3.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    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

    • Qype User k123…
    • Dudley, West Midlands
    • 3 friends
    • 18 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/4/2009

    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.

    • Qype User blueyg…
    • West Bromwich, West Midlands
    • 4 friends
    • 162 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/12/2008

    great place to go very interesting i love it but my son found it boring didnt like it at all. is a great place and you would have a good time.

    • Qype User twinkl…
    • West Bromwich, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 111 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/1/2009

    i enjoyed my day trip here with the family it was very educational knowing what happened in the past and looking at all the old stuff and learning about them there is also a place to eat and drink and a boat ride and a coal mine it was all very interesting and a fair is there for the little kiddies overall nice day out

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