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Blists Hill

Journey back to the Steam Age in this charming Victorian town, its industrial zone and its countryside, without modern contraptions of electricity and cars. 

An old pub, a train station and a church are among the nostalgia-evoking assemblies skirting the streets of Blists Hill, a museum designed to resemble a typical 19th-century district. This open-air museum reveals Victorian customs, with intriguing panels shedding light on Shropshire’s culture and manufacturing prowess. Try traditional food and drinks and purchase old-world items in this tribute to the past.

Travel by horse and cart through the museum. A range of friendly Victorian shop owners and tradespeople, played by actors, greet visitors to the workshops, factories and stores of this antiquated world. Note that the museum combines structures that were already part of the previous industrial site with structures built for the museum.

Deep supplies of coal and iron helped to shape the development and culture of the region. Learn about industries such as tile factories, brick works, mines and blast furnaces. Purchase Victorian tokens in the bank to use in the post office, fried fish stand and dressmaker’s shop for a glimpse of how people lived in the 1800s. Also lining the street are a schoolhouse, a squatters’ cottage and a pharmacy.

The Forest Glen Refreshment Pavilion serves cakes and pastries, while ales and afternoon teas are prepared in the Club Room. Enjoy an ice cream from the Coffee Shop on a warm summer afternoon.  

The museum first opened in 1973 and is often used as a filming location. In summer, the site opens daily from morning until late afternoon. It is closed on Mondays in winter. Purchase tickets and ask for discounts for kids and seniors. 

Blists Hill sits between Jackfield and Madeley in the southern outskirts of Telford. Drive south for 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Telford Central railway station to get here in about 10 minutes. Explore some of the neighboring attractions, such as the Museum of the Gorge, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and the Coalport China Museum.


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Telford Hotel & Golf Resort

Great Hay Drive, Sutton Heights, Telford, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Blists Hill, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Iron Bridge and Wonderland Telford. Telford Town Park and Telford Shopping Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel £47
    Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel

    Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel

    Castlefields Way, Madeley, Shropshire, Telford, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a lake, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Ironbridge Gorge and within 3 miles (5 km) of Iron Bridge and The International Centre. Blists Hill and Ironbridge Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      The Shakespeare Inn £65
      The Shakespeare Inn

      The Shakespeare Inn

      High Street, Coalport, Telford, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Telford, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ironbridge Gorge and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Iron Bridge. Coalport China Museum and Maws Craft Centre are also within 10 minutes.

        Half Moon Jackfield £60
        Half Moon Jackfield

        Half Moon Jackfield

        174 Salthouse Road, Jackfield, Telford, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Telford, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ironbridge Gorge and Iron Bridge. Maws Craft Centre and Coalport China Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Tub Boat Cottage
          Tub Boat Cottage

          Tub Boat Cottage

          12 Canal Side High Street Coalport, Telford, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Telford, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ironbridge Gorge and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Iron Bridge. Coalport China Museum and Maws Craft Centre are also within 10 minutes.

            Tub Boat Cottage, Coalport
            Tub Boat Cottage, Coalport

            Tub Boat Cottage, Coalport

            12 Canal Side, High Street, Telford, ENG
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the riverfront, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ironbridge Gorge and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Iron Bridge. Coalport China Museum and Maws Craft Centre are also within 10 minutes.

              Sleepy Hollow
              Sleepy Hollow

              Sleepy Hollow

              127 the Calcutts Church Road Jackfield, Telford, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Telford, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ironbridge Gorge and Iron Bridge. Maws Craft Centre and Coalport China Museum are also within 15 minutes.

                YHA Ironbridge Coalport - Hostel
                YHA Ironbridge Coalport - Hostel

                YHA Ironbridge Coalport - Hostel

                John Rose Building, High Street, Coalport, Telford, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Telford, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ironbridge Gorge and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Iron Bridge. Coalport China Museum and Maws Craft Centre are also within 10 minutes.