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    Blists Hill Victorian Town

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Here, alongside long-abandoned factories, is a restored Victorian-era town which serves as an open-air, living history museum. It has both tourist sights and authentic remnants of the Industrial Revolution. Of particular interest is a replica of the world's first steam locomotive, which was built here in Coalbrookdale for Richard Trevithick in 1803. Another unusual piece of work is the local parish church, constructed of corrugated iron.

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    Tar Tunnel

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    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.

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    Museum of Iron

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    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.

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    The Museum of the Gorge

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    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.

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    Jackfield Tile Museum

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    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.

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    Ironbridge Museums

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 31, 2002

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    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

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    Coalport China Museum

    by munchie_cat Written Aug 14, 2011

    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.

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    Blists Hill Victorian Town

    by tango_jd Written Jan 26, 2009

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    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!

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    The Coalport China Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2006

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    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.

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    The bridge.

    by A2002 Written Jul 9, 2003

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    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

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