Page last updated at 11:12 GMT, Sunday, 19 April 2009 12:12 UK

Revamped museum pulls in visitors

The high street at Blists Hill
Blists Hill is an open air musuem

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of ten museums at Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, had its best Easter weekend visitor numbers for 20 years.

Chief executive, Steve Miller, said 7,500 people visited, making it the busiest Easter since 1988.

The attraction has undergone a £12m development with a new parade of Victorian shops opening.

Mr Miller said it may be a sign that people are holidaying in the UK instead of travelling abroad.

Ironbridge Gorge is recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.



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