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Blists Hill Victorian Town

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52°37'45"-02°27'05" show decimal

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Blists Hill Victorian Town
Legges Way, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5DU

Blist's Hill opened in 1973. At that point it was simply called the Open Air Museum, and did not have the Victorian "community" that exists today. Over the years various Victorian machinery, items, and even buildings have been rescued and brought to the site, which now has over 40 different exhibits.

Admission: 9.00. A passport ticket allows access to all of Ironbridge museums, including Coalport China Museum; it costs 14.00.

How to get here:

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Road: M54 - Exit the M54 at junction 5, and follow the A5(T) to the next roundabout, with the A442. Head south and follow it as it bears left and then immediately exit to the roundabout with the A4169 (signposted for Ironbridge Gorge). Go round the roundabout and head under the A442, and then cross over the next roundabout along Kemberton Road. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Legges Way (signposted Victorian Town). Blists Hill will be on the left hand side. +

Parking Details

Blists Hill car park (free)

Areas within Blists Hill Victorian Town to visit:

Blists Hill: High Street

The High Street is the first place you arrive at when entering the village. Walk along it to the end, and you will see the Pleasure Garden on the right.
Blists Hill: Furnace Bank

Walk down the High Street; when you reach the candle factory, head right onto Furnace Bank, and the Harness Makers is on the left.
Blists Hill: Mine

Walk down the High Street; when you reach the candle factory, head left along Colliery Lane to the mine area.
Blists Hill: Forest

Walk down the High Street; when you reach the candle factory, head right onto Furnace Bank, and continue down the hill to The Green. Head past the green and then follow the path down past the farm into the forest. The glade is at the bottom.
Blists Hill: Incline Plane, Miner's Walk

Walk down the High Street; when you reach the candle factory, head right onto Furnace Bank, and continue down the hill to The Green. Continue along the road, passing the school and then the church, and this brings you to Incline Plane. The small shaft is on the right; continue along the path up the hill to find the mine entrance.

Other nearby locations:

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Coalport China Museum (The Mark of the Rani). Road (0.85 miles, 2m) : Turn right out of the car park and head down the hill along Legges Way. This then becomes Coalport Road, then follow it as it bears left into Coalport High Street. The museum will be on the right hand side a little further along. Parking Coalport Museum car park (free)

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Granville Park (The Mark of the Rani). Road (8.3 miles, 17m) : Turn right out of the car park and follow Legges Way to the roundabout. Cross over onto Kemberton Road and continue until you reach the roundabout with the A442. Head north and bear right along the A442 and then continue past Telford until you reach the B4373. From here turn right on the roundabout and follow the B4373 towards Donnington Wood. Pass the ASDA and then at the next roundabout cross over onto Granville Road. Continue along here until you reach the nature reserve car park. Parking Nature Reserve car park (free).

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Bewdley (Steam Railway) (Black Orchid): 18.61 miles.

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St. Paul's Church (Doctor Who Series Seven Part 2): 25.01 miles.

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BBC (Pebble Mill): 25.82 miles.

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Gladstone Pottery Museum (The Trial of a Time Lord ("The Ultimate Foe")): 28.09 miles.

Other show-related mentions for the location:

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DVD Release - The DVD release includes a "Now and Then" featurette contrasting the location between when it was filmed and the modern day.

Further links about the location:

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums - Blists Hill Victorian Town

Related Stories

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The Mark of the Rani [23-27,30-31 Oct, 1 Nov 1984]: The village of Killingworth.

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