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by Connor Whelan (subscribe)
I'm a student journalist at Brunel University. Visit my blog at My twitter is: @whelanconnor
Published July 12th 2012
History is normally one of those subjects that people will either go "What's the point in learning about that, they're all dead now anyway", or "Oh yeah, I've always found that really interesting." However, there is a small town up in Telford in Shropshire that provides one of the most unique historical experiences you could ever wish to see.

The Lloyds Bank
The bank on the high street of the town

Blists Hall is the home to a whole Victorian town! From the olde sweet shop to the bank which will change your pounds and pence to shilling's and sixpence's as they are the only currency accepted whilst in the town. Technically the area is an open air museum, but you would be wrong if you paired it up with the stuffy old places that may rush to your mind when you think of the word "museum." This is a place that recreates the sounds, smells and sights of an old Victorian town and therefore creates a very immersive experience. You get the chance to meet the Victorians in the places they would have worked 100 years ago, and as well as having fun you can learn at the same time.

Ironbridge Penny
You will be spending these if you take a visit

The town recently underwent a £12 million redevelopment project and as a result there are a selection of new shops including a fried fish dealers and a photographers. The attractions also include an Incline Life providing spectacular views from an aerial viewpoint, and one you have reached the other end you can take a trip on the Clay Mine Railway. For the children they can try their luck at the traditional Victorian fair or take a ride on the Chair-O-Planes.

Put quite simply, there is something for everyone in Blists Hall. Whether you want to take in an environment you normally wouldn't have the opportunity to (unless you became friends with Doc. Brown from Back to the Future), or you want to learn a bit more about the way your ancestors would have lived in Victorian times, then a visit to Blists Hall is for you.

Prices are £10.25 for children up to the age of 18 that are in full time education and for adults the cost is £15.45.
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Why? You can see the Victorian lifestyle
When: All year round
Phone: 01952 433424
Where: Telford, Shropshire
Cost: £10-£16
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