Black Country Living Museum

Visiting the Black Country Living Museum is like taking a step back in time, and there is so much to do you can easily spend a whole day here and not have time for everything.

The buildings have all been moved from their original locations around the West Midlands and rebuilt here to preserve them. Many of them have volunteer guides to tell you what life would have been like “in the olden days” living in these houses, or working in these shops.

You can catch the tram trolleybus from the entrance to the village, where you can buy sweets from a proper old-fashioned sweet shop, take a barge ride along the canals and through the tunnels, watch the blacksmiths making chains, and the glass-workers making beautifully coloured bottles, visit the old schoolrooms and go down the mines. After all that you can visit the village pub for a well-deserved drink and a sit down before visiting the fairground.

There are various additional activities running throughout the year including the popular Santa Hunt in December.

The museum is always growing as new buildings are acquired, so even if you have been before, it’s worth another visit.

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