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Black Country Living Museum

Newcomen Engine

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Tipton Road
West Midlands

Discover a fascinating world when you visit Britain's friendliest open-air museum. Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and rebuilt at the Museum to create a tribute to the traditional skills and enterprise of the people that once lived in the heart of industrial Britain.

Meet the characters in the original shops and houses, ride on a tramcar or fairground swingboat, take a lesson in the old-fashioned school or explore the amazingly realistic underground coalmine.

It all makes for a fascinating day out for the whole family.

With a changing programme of demonstrations there is something to suit all tastes,from sweet-making and glass-cutting to metal working. Visit the horses. Enjoy a pint of ale in the Bottle and

Main Entrance
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Glass Inn, chat by the coal-fired ranges or just soak up the atmosphere.

Exhibits and displays

  • Electric tram rides
  • Newcomen steam engine
  • Underground mine tours
  • Toll house and tilted cottage
  • Old time fairground (additional charges apply)
  • School
  • Castlefield Ironworks
  • Old-fashioned village - shops, houses, cottages, cinema, stables, foundry.
  • Canal tunnel trips (additional charges apply).


Food and Refreshments - Cafe Bar at entrance, Canalside Cafe in the centre of the Museum serving traditional and modern food, famous 1930's Fried Fish Shop, Bottle and Glass pub selling real ale, Sweet Shop with sweets made on site and traditional Bakers Shop. Additional kiosks when busy.
  • Gift Shops - Museum Shop, Fossil Shop and Glasscutters Shop.
  • Toilets and adapted toilets and baby changing facilities are available.
  • Special Needs - Most of the buildings are accessible to wheelchairs by ramp.

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3 miles from Junction 2 of the M5 motorway,via A4123, and 6 miles from Junction 10 of the M6.
Located on the Tipton Road (A4037) one mile north of Dudley Town Centre and 9 miles west of Birmingham City Centre.

Black Country Living Museum Postcode for SatNav: DY1 4SQ


+44 (0)121 557 9643 (Information)
+44 (0)121 520 8054(Group bookings)
+44 (0)121 557 4242

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