Today we got up early to catch a bus then a train and another bus to the town of Dudley. That is where the 26 acre Black Country Living Museum is located. It was a sunny day but bitter cold.
The museum has many different types of buildings which have been carefully reconstructed on this site from around the neighboring countryside. There is a underground mine exhibit which we skipped due to the cold, dark areas that would have frightened Sierra. We visited the general store, pawnshop, the toll booth, a chemist, the chapel, various homes and cottages and a silent movie cinema each having a person in a period costume telling us about their shops and wares. There was an 1830s school we walked through complete with a real Headmistress with slates and coal pencils. In the summers, they operate a small fairground with rides for kids. There is a small canal that goes around the edge of the property, but all the boat rides were frozen in the water. For lunch, we had fish and chips wrapped in a paper cone. They were delicious! You can see from the pictures that Sierra enjoyed it too. We stopped at the bakery to enjoy some cakes after the fish.
They are adding on more shops to expand the place. It will be worth another trip back to see what else is added and ride the canal boats and the fairground rides, hopefully in warmer weather.