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The Tar Tunnel

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Tel : +44 01952 884391

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£2.25 - £2.25

£2.65 - £2.65

£3.15 - £3.15

The Tar tunnel is another remarkable and interesting feature of the Ironbridge Gorge. Located along the banks of the River Severn in the Village of Coalport, the tunnel starts near the foot of the Hay Inclined Plane and runs under the hill for at least 1000 yards. The Tar tunnel was dug from the hillside in 1787 - probably in connection with the nearby coal workings. The miners struck a gushing underground spring of thick, treacle-like natural bitumen that was one of the great curiosities of the eighteenth century and still oozes from the walls today. It was used to treat ropes and for caulking ships however small amounts of the bitumen was processed, bottled and packaged as 'Betton's British Oil'. It was sold as a remedy for 'rheumatic and scorbutic affections'.

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By Road

From junction 4 of the M54 follow brown and white signs to Blists Hill Museum (Ironbridge).
Pass Blists Hill and follow the road down.
Finish on the right at the Tar Tunnel.

By Public Transport

From Telford Central station it is 5 miles to the Tar Tunnel.

The Tar Tunnel - This image is copyrighted
The Tar Tunnel - This image is copyrighted

The Tar Tunnel facilities include:

  • Groups accepted
  • Parking (free)
  • Picnic site
  • Max group size
  • Min group size

The Tar Tunnel accessibility includes:

  • Service dogs permitted (eg guide dogs)

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