This tunnel was used by miners to extract bitumen. This is a thick, gooey substance, once used to treat ropes and caulk ships. It runs beneath the village of Coalport, near the Hay Inclined Plane. It was dug in 1787, during the heyday of coal mining in this area. Points of contact are for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums.
Here, next to Abraham Darby's original iron furnace, is an outstanding museum which tells the early history of iron smelting. On display are some fine examples of wrought iron, produced by the local Coalbrookdale Company.
This modest museum contains some intricate, detailed models and dioramas showing how the Gorge once looked. It's a fascinating view of the natural and human history of this area. Points of contact are for The Ironbridge Gorge Museums.
This is where the art of tile-making was perfected. Upper-class Victorian families used these in their homes, and they were often used in train and tube stations, churches, shops, and many other public places. The points of contact are for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, which include a number of other important places of interest.
There are 9 different museums in the Ironbridge area.
You can buy a passport which covers all the museums. It is worth buying if you intend to see two or more of the attractions, otherwise just buy a single ticket.
Passport Ticket Adult 60+ Student Family (2 adults and up to 5 children)
£10.50 £9.50 £6.50 £32.50
Including Enginuity £12.95 £11.25 £8.25 £40
Single site prices Adult 60+ Student
Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN £8.00 £7.50 £5.00
Coalport CHINA MUSEUM £4.20 £3.90 £2.40
TAR TUNNEL £1.10 £0.90 £0.55
Jackfield TILE MUSEUM £4.20 £3.90 £2.40
The MUSEUM of THE GORGE £2.00 £1.50 £1.00
Coalbrookdale MUSEUM of IRON only £4.20 £3.90 £2.40
DARBY HOUSES only £2.90 £2.15 £1.60
Coalbrookdale MUSEUM of IRON and DARBY HOUSES £5.00 £4.20 £3.15
Broseley PIPEWORKS £2.90 £2.15 £1.60
Look at the suggested itineraries from the website below.
I last visited this museum during a school trip in the mid 80s.
Not enough for a faull day out, prob a good hour and a half.
Great use of the Ironbridge Passport.
You are greeted by people dressed in period costumes and the look and feel is very much one of the industrial past.
Plenty to see, do and touch and is quite an experience!
During the 19th century, Coalport, on the River Severn, was among Britain's largest producers of china. Now, this museum houses the Caughley and Coalport porcelain collections.
It is amazing to see the how the bridge was constructed. For more information on how it was constructed, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/3d/ironbridge.shtml