Black Country Living Museum

Attraction Information

The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum located in Dudley, West Midlands, England. It is a unique visitor attraction that offers a glimpse into the life and culture of the Black Country region during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum is spread across 26 acres and features over 50 historic buildings that have been carefully reconstructed to create a living, breathing museum. Visitors can explore the historic buildings and streets, which include shops, houses, and industrial buildings, and interact with costumed characters who bring the history of the region to life.

Some of the highlights of the museum’s collection include a fully operational Victorian schoolroom, a coal mine where visitors can descend into the depths of the earth, and a historic tramway that offers rides around the museum grounds.

Accessibility Information

This attraction has its own parking.

This attraction has 15 dedicated disabled parking spaces in the main car park.

Disabled parking is roughly 100 metres from the entrance.

If the disabled parking is full in the main car park there is a secondary disabled parking section in the overflow car park which features 16 spaces .

There is level access between the disabled car park and the main entrance.

Wheelchair and mobility scooter access is available on the site with some areas on an incline and uneven surfaces

Some pathways around the site are cobbled due to the nature of the attraction being historically accurate

Due to the nature of this attraction some of the buildings have stepped access however if you speak to a member of staff a temporary ramp can be installed for access.

Induction loops are located in the Visitor Centre, the café and the shop.

The Museum has a vintage-style vehicle, ‘Doris’, named after the mother of one of the original donors of the vehicle. Doris is the Museum’s accessibility vehicle; she has a tail lift to enable visitors in wheelchairs and those with mobility issues easy access. Doris is able to carry manual wheelchairs and pushchairs, but not motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters. 

The Museum has a small number of manual wheelchairs (rated 18 stone/115 kilos weight). Advanced booking is required and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on access around the site please refer to the Accessibility Map PDF Below.



There are several Disabled toilets around the site in the following areas:

  • The Visitor Centre
  • The Workers’ Institute Café
  • Two in the Elephant & Castle Public House – one downstairs and one upstairs (accessible via a lift. Please speak to staff for lift access)
  • A changing places facility is available at Brook Entrance (opposite the Visitor Centre). 

The above locations feature the following:

  • Transfer space to the side of the toilet
  • Wash basin with lever style taps
  • Disposal Facilities
  • Handrails to the side of the toilet and the wash basin
  • Emergency alarm

Changing Place

  • Transfer space to the side of the toilet
  • Wash basin with lever style taps
  • Disposal Facilities
  • Handrails to the side of the toilet and the wash basin
  • Adjustable Bench
  • Ceiling track hoist
  • Shower

Assistance dogs are permitted within this attraction.

There are Dog amenities areas located at the rear of the Newcomen Engine and Sidebotham’s Steel Trap Works.

Water bowls are also available at Museum Shop and Crown Tube Works, Café Workers’ Institute & Café, Bottle & Glass Inn.

The specialist Access Tours take place once a month on a Saturday and begin with an introductory welcome to the Museum. A dedicated tour guide will be with you for the duration of your tour. Visit the What’s On page to view and book upcoming tours.

Go and explore the Audio Descriptive tours featuring one of their trained costume demonstrators, revealing Black Country history through touch and handling experiences.

Join the Deaf Friendly tours facilitated by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The BSL interpreter works alongside one of their friendly costumed demonstrators who will support the tour by spoken interpretation.

Entry for essential carers is free when visiting with a disabled guest, entry is provided on a 1:1 basis.

To be eligible for free carer entry you must provide evidence in one of the following forms:

  • PIP paperwork dated within 12 months
  • DLA paperwork dated within 12 months
  • Dr’s letter stating your disability dated within 12 months

Carers tickets can be added online alongside a general admission ticket.

Opening Hours

1 Apr – 5 Nov: 
6 Nov – 26 Nov:
10am-4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
27 Nov – 3 Dec:
Tue-Thurs and Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm
4 Dec – 24 Dec:
10am-4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
25 Dec & 26 Dec
27 Dec – 7 Jan: 

  • ADULT (16+ YEARS) (£22.95)
  • OVER 65 (£20.95)
  • UNWAGED (£19.50)
  • STUDENT (£19.50)
  • YOUNG PERSON (3-15 YEARS) (£11.45)
  • CHILD (0-2 YEARS) (£0.00)
  • PASSHOLDER (£0.00)
    Choose the total number of people visiting using the Pass (adults, young people & children)
    Choose the total number of people visiting using the Membership (adults, young people & children)

Black Country Living Museum,
West Midlands,
DY1 4SQ,

2 thoughts on “Black Country Living Museum

  1. Why is there no mention about wheelchair users admission fee? Its because of this that I can’t go but my carer can. Makes no sense

    1. Thank you for commenting Joanne, we are not currently aware that a Wheelchair User Ticket is available, I will contact the venue and update where necessary, as it stands A disabled guest will purchase a general entry ticket and then add an Essential Carers ticket alongside theirs. Upon arrival, the disabled guest must present paperwork to support their disability in one of the following forms: DLA/PIP paperwork or a Dr’s letter stating the disability. Once I have spoken to the BCLM I will update the listing thank you.


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