Dog owners are being urged to give their pets a real treat - by spending a day out with them at Ironbridge Gorge's Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Blists Hill will reopen for the first time in three months on Saturday after extensive work to ensure the site meets all the government’s coronavirus regulations.

And staff at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust say the Victorian town and surrounding grounds are the perfect place to take your four-legged friends to give them 'an exciting day out in new surroundings'.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and The Iron Bridge Tollhouse will lead the reopening of the museums, whilst the Museum of The Gorge, which suffered damage during the floods of February, will also open as a free-entry visitor centre.

Richard Aldred, from the Trust, said all dogs would be made more than welcome at Blists Hill: “We love dogs! You will find water bowls around the town for doggie drinks, and we can guarantee them - and their owners - a great day out.

“We have to restrict our other museums to assistance-dogs only, so Blists Hill is the perfect place to give not only yourself but your pooch a much-needed change of scene and plenty of fresh air after three months of being locked down.”

Blists Hill's reopening will see the return of lots of favourites, as well as the addition of a new Victorian market.

“We're really excited to be able to launch the Victorian market area in the Goods Shed, to give visitors a true taste of what life was like for retailers in the period," said Richard. "It promises to be a real favourite.” 

Extensive work has been carried out to ensure the museums meet all the government’s regulations, whilst still being able to offer 'a fantastic and educational day out'.

Visitors are being asked to pre-book tickets and will be given hourly arrival times - though they will be allowed to stay on site as long as they wish.

New hand-washing facilities will be in place across the sites, and cleaning arrangements have been increased to offer extra peace of mind for visitors.

For more information on the reopening and ticket sales, visit ironbridge.org.uk