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Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Tel : 01952 433 424
£15.00 - £15.00
£20.00 - £20.00
£25.00 - £25.00
£68.00 - £68.00
A fun family day out is ensured at the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Meet the Victorians at Blists Hill Victorian Town and visit their shops, homes and workplaces, enjoy traditional Fish and Chips and a ride on the Fairground. Join in hands-on activities at many of the museums.
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 testament 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. Opened in 2002, Enginuity is where the workings of everyday 21st Century objects are unravelled.
For group visits contact the group visits officer on 01952 435900.
The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 from the M54, then follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge.
By Public Transport
Telford Central rail station is 5 miles (8km) north of Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN. For Rail information call 08457 484950 or check out their website.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums facilities include:
- Conference facilities
- In town/city centre
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Outdoor event/attraction
- Demonstrations given
- Guided tours available for groups
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Suitable for families
- Suitable for young children
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- Group discounts available (min group size)
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- Visa accepted
- Picnic site
- On site parking
- Parking (charge)
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Groups accepted
- Max group size
- Min group size
- Special group rates
Ironbridge Gorge Museums accessibility includes:
- Ramp/level access
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- All areas accessible to disabled visitors
- Facilities for hearing impaired visitors
- Facilities for visually impaired visitors
- Service dogs permitted (eg guide dogs)
- Designated parking within about 50 metres of main entrance
- Information available in large print