Transforming the way millions of people all across the world lived and worked, the Industrial Revolution was one of the most influential events in human history. Discover where it all began, right here in the Black Country, by spending some time at the Black Country Living Museum in historic Dudley.
An Outstanding Open-Air Exhibition
The Black Country Living Museum comprises numerous rebuilt historic landmarks that have been moved from other areas of the Black Country and showcase this region's proud status as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Here, you can learn about what life would have been like for coal-mining families between the mid-19th and mid-20th century, observe a replica of the famous Newcomen atmospheric engine, and see numerous preserved vehicles that would have transported thousands of people to and from their workplace on a daily basis.
Plenty of Great Accommodation near the Black Country Living Museum
If you're looking for an affordable places to stay nearby, you could try the hospitable three star Holiday Inn Express Oldbury, which is convenient for people who need easy access to the M5. For more deluxe accommodation, consider the prestigious four star Village Hotel Birmingham Dudley, which has a fantastic spa and chic rooms with free WiFi.
A Great Base for Exploring the Rest of the West Midlands
Dudley is renowned for its large zoo, which marked its 80th anniversary in 2015 and protects hundreds of animals, from polar bears to African elephants. It's near to Dudley Castle, a striking ruined fort that is now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I-Listed building, dating back to the Norman Conquest. A short drive away is the picturesque Baggeridge Country Park, a great spot for a summer picnic, while the historic town of Stourbridge is noted for its Falconry Centre and Kinver Edge sandstone ridge.
Business Hotels near the Black Country Living Museum
You can also find a number of business-oriented hotels that feature well-equipped conference venues and business centres with high-speed WiFi. Many will also provide fast access to the motorway network, which means they're a good choice for travellers on busy schedules