Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire
£: Adults 15.95, the 60+ 12.50 and children 10.50. Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. An annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, with unlimited return visits, costs 24 for adults, 19 for the 60+, 15.25 for students and children and 65 for a family; under 5s free.
What is it?
Discover how the Victorians harnessed steam to power their engines and other machines at the Steam in Miniature event over the spring bank holiday at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge. On Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May a fascinating variety of miniature steam traction engines will be joining the museum’s own steam powered collection.
Among the town’s engines will be a working replica of what is believed to be the world’s first steam locomotive, built in Shropshire by the Coalbrookdale Company in 1802-03 to a design by Richard Trevithick.
Out on the streets of Blists Hill, you will also be able to encounter ‘Little Billy’ the town’s own 1903 Wallis & Stevens steam roller. At four tons it’s tiny by the standards of its contemporaries but for this weekend it will be a giant compared to the miniature engines on show, each a wonderful example of the model engineers’ art.
More info: www.ironbridge.org.uk