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Ironbridge Gorge Museums

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Contact Details

  • Coalbrookdale
  • Telford
  • Shropshire
  • TF8 7DQ

Description

Whether you are interested in fine china, fun interactives or a 'Victorian' town, its all to be found in this World Heritage Site.

A fun and informative day out is ensured at the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Whether you are interested in fine china, decorative tiles, fun interactives or a Victorian recreated town, it's all to be found in this stunning World Heritage Site. Step back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Visit Coalport China Museum, which was once one of the country's finest porcelain manufacturers. Marvel at the world's first cast iron bridge and check out our most interactive attraction yet, Enginuity. Here you can pull a real locomotive and control the flow of a river to generate electricity. Experience all this with a 'Passport ticket'.

The museums stand as a testiment to the Ironbridge Gorge, six miles that 300 years ago, changed the world forever. It was here in Shropshire that the Industrial Revolution first started. For here, the great Quaker Ironmaster Abraham Darby the First, discovered the secret of smelting iron with cheap and plentiful coke instead of expensive and less efficient charcoal. Whilst Britain's first iron-making centre may be a peaceful place today, in the past it was filled with smoke, fire and blast furnaces from which the sounds and smells of early industry arose, bearing the first iron rails, wheels, boats, the first steam locomotive, as well as the first iron bridge. Other industries were also first developed in Ironbridge, ranging from decorative ceramic tile making, to hand-painted porcelain and clay pipes. Ironbridge was declared a World Heritage site in 1986, following the work of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, set up in 1967 to protect the heritage and remains of the Industrial Revolution for future generations.

The ten amazing museums are located in the spectacular and beautiful, Ironbridge Gorge, near Telford, that offers a great day out for people of all ages. Spanning the Ironbridge Gorge and set either side of the River Severn, the indoor and outdoor museums offer visitors a chance to step back in history and experience the sights and sounds of the Gorge's past. The museum's take visitors on a journey from the start of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1700's to the Victorian era 100 years later. The most recent museum is Enginuity, where the workings of everyday 21st Century objects are unravelled.

For group visits contact the group visits officer on 01952 435900.

Facilities

1 - On-Site caf/restaurant2 - Picnic Site3 - On-site car parking5 - Parking (charge)21 - Groups Acepted22 - Special Group rates23 - Min group size24 - Max group size27 - Toilets30 - Conference Facilities34 - Marketed towards families35 - Marketed towards children40 - Guided Tours Available for Groups41 - Demonstrations Given42 - Educational Visits Accepted43 - Ramp/Level Access44 - Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors45 - Toilets for Disabled Visitors46 - All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors49 - Guide Dogs Permitted6 - Visa accepted7 - MasterCard accepted8 - American Express accepted11 - Switch accepted12 - Delta accepted13 - Solo accepted14 - Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted

Directions

From junction 6 of the M54 take the A5223 south to Ironbridge. See each museums page for individual directions.

Prices

Type Price Details
Adult£25.00Annual Passport Ticket
Child£15.00Annual Passport Ticket
Family£50.00 - £68.00(Family 1 Adult and Family 2 Adult tickets available) Annual Passport Ticket
Concession£20.00(60+) Annual Passport Ticket

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Opening Times

SUMMER OPENING

20/03/2017 – 01/10/2017

Blists Hill Victorian Town - Mon – Sun, 10am – 4.30pm

Coalport China Museum - Mon – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Tar Tunnel - Mon – Sun, 11am – 3pm

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron - Opens 8 April 2017

Darby Houses - Mon – Sun, 11am – 3pm

Enginuity - Mon – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Iron Bridge Tollhouse - Weekends during local school holidays

Museum of The Gorge - Mon – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Jackfield Tile Museum - Mon – Sun, 10am – 4pm

SUMMER OPENING

20/05/2017 – 01/10/2017

Broseley Pipeworks - Mon – Sun, timed tours 1.30pm & 3pm

WINTER OPENING

02/10/2017 – 18/03/2018

Blists Hill Victorian Town- Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Coalport China Museum - Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Tar Tunnel - Closed

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron - Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Darby Houses - Closed

Enginuity - Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Iron Bridge Tollhouse- Weekends during local school holidays

Museum of The Gorge- Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Jackfield Tile Museum- Tue – Sun, 10am – 4pm

Broseley Pipeworks- Closed

Disclaimer

The details displayed on this page are correct at the time of publication however, Shropshire Tourism would like to advise all visitors to check prices & opening times with the venue prior to traveling in case of changes that might have occured since the publication of this page. Whilst Shropshire Tourism endeavours to ensure that the information on this site is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and Shropshire Tourism does not accept any liability for error or omission. The directions above are for planning purposes only and should be used alongside a general roadmap or satnav system. Variables such as road/construction works, traffic, weather conditions etc may cause alterations to the route.