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    Tollhouse

    by graeme83 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    The secrets of how and why the bridge was built are revealed in an exhibition housed in the original Tollhouse on the south side of the Bridge. The tourist infromation centre is located inside this building.

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    Jackfield Tile Museum

    by graeme83 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Jackfield was once the world centre of the tile industry. In this museum are various tiles produced on site. Staff from the Craven Dunnill Company still produce tiles here on certain days, while you can produce your own.

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    Blists Hill

    by graeme83 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Blists Hill is a recreation of an entire Victorian town. It is full of people dressed and acting in ful character going about their daily lives. You can visit the pub, the school, the chemist or the candle-maker. In the summer there are additional events such as fairgrounds or weddings.

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    Enjoy the town and the river.

    by lou31 Written Jan 21, 2006

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    This village seemed to have a good supply of shops and businesses. Our stop was early on a Sunday morning so we never did get to go shopping.

    The river was a drawcard not to mention the bridge itself. To the left of the bridge there is a set of steps that takes you down to the river bank. The walkway along here was a pleasure trail!

    Quaint cottages on one side and the still waters of the river on the other.

    The river walk. View of the town from the other side of the bridge
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    Hay Incline System

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Blists Hill stands on a high hill over the River Severn. During the 19th century, in order to haul boats from the river up to the town, this system was developed. Steam power pulled each boat up a pair of wooden rails, altogether 350 feet--equal to 27 conventional locks. This ingenious system remained in use until 1894.

    The points of contact are for the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre.

    The Hay Incline starts here on the Severn Looking down the rails, toward the river
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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.

    Blists Hill amusement park Brick works The old G.R. Morton Ironworks Replica of the first steam locomotive The local parish church
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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.

    The Tar Tunnel
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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.

    The Museum of Iron Iron-smelting equipment More on Darby's iron-smelting process Some of the Coalbrookdale Company's work
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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.

    The Museum of the Gorge One of many exhibits on the Gorge Scale model of the Gorge, as it was in 1796
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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.

    The Jackfield Tile Museum Inside the Tile Museum Some of the decorative tiles
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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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    The Gorge Museum

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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.

    China flowers drying out An antique pot pourri urn
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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!

    The entrance to the museum - or is it real? Steam and Iron! Street scene - Blists Hill
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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.

    The Coalport China Museum One of the many displays of fine china
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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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