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Ironbridge Gorge Museums

This is the valley that changed our world, this is where the Industrial Revolution began.

Smoke once filled the fiery sky, sulphurous fumes rose from furnaces, tumult issued from forges and foundry - this was once the workshop of the world.

Today, it's a deeply wooded, tranquil and beautiful valley, full of museums and monuments of supreme historic importance.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site - just waiting to be discovered by you.

10 Museums - 1 Ticket!

You can pay for entry to all 10 of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust's attractions, and come back as many times as you like for a year!

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Visit a fantastic complete working Victorian Town.

Enter a different world filled with Victorian characters in costume going about their daily life.

Fascinating for visitors of all ages, the 52 acre site is a bustling recreation of a Victorian town and uses token pounds, shillings and pence for its transactions.

Discover what life was like for a Victorian housewife in the cottages and in the main season have fun at the fairground and enjoy a journey on a horse and cart.

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Darby Furnace and Darby Houses

All within a landscape largely unchanged since the eighteenth century.

See where the Darby Ironmasters and their families lived and worked, in the painstakingly restored eighteenth century Darby houses.

Here the Industrial Revolution was born. See the Old Furnace were Abraham Darby first smelted iron with coke instead of charcoal in 1709.

The first iron railway tracks, iron railway wheels and iron bridge and the first steam railway locomotive were all made here.

Museum of the Gorge, the Ironbridge and the Tollhouse

Marvel at the worlds first great Iron Bridge cast in 1779 by Abraham Darby III. The Bridge spans the River Severn, you can visit its original Tollhouse.

The Museum of the Gorge has a scale model of the whole Gorge as it was when the Industrial Revolution started.

Coalport China Museum

Some of the world's most beautiful porcelain was once made on the banks of the River Severn.

The Museum is situated on the remains of the old works.

Also on site are demonstration workshops, shop, restaurant and a Youth Hostel.

Tar Tunnel

Don a hard hat and walk underground in the tunnel and see an amazing source of natural bitumen discovered (by accident) 200 years ago.

Broseley Pipeworks

Situated a short distance from Ironbridge in Broseley this preserved time capsule of  local industry shows how clay tobacco pipes were made, right up until 1957.


This hands-on interactive centre allows you to become an apprentice engineer and experiment with the gadgets and know-how used in the Industrial Revolution. This is definitely one for the kids - they can challenge robots, pull a 10-tonne locomotive and look through a giant x-ray machine.

Jackfield Tile Museum

The Victorians loved tiles, and Jackfield was at the heart of tile production in Britain at that time. The Jackfield Tile Museum has thousands of beautiful tiles for you to admire. There's also a recreation of a tiled Underground Station, and a completely tiled old-style pub. You can also peep into the creamic factory, where they still make wonderful tiles today.

Further Information:

Please telephone for disabled access information.

As the Museums are spread out over the valley, travel between them using your own transport, and allow at least a day to enjoy your visit. (We went for two days, and still didn't see everything!).

You can park in all of the Museum car parks for just a single small charge. The parking ticket does not include Museum of The Gorge and Ironbridge pay & display car parks, where local authority charges apply.

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Take J4 or J6  from the M54 and follow the brown signs for the Ironbridge Gorge.

The 10 museums are in an area of about 6sq miles and you will need transport to travel between them.

There are three routes into the Ironbridge Gorge. Take one of the following routes (follow the relevant brown signs):

1. For Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel follow 'Blists Hill Museums';

2. For The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse, Museum of The Gorge, Jackfield Tile Museum and Broseley Pipeworks follow 'Ironbridge Museums';

3. For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Darby Houses and Enginuity follow 'Coalbrookdale Museums'.

Ironbridge Gorge Museums Postcode for SatNav: TF8 7DQ


+44 (0)1952 433 424
Administration +44 (0)1952 435 900

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