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.
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.
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.
This is a fine museum. It's built in the buildings of the old tile factory complex and re-creates a comprehensive of an industry that once was prominent in the area. You can walk through the original trade show room and see the products that were sold all over Britain. Different rooms are set up as if they were a Tube station, offices, residences and other buildings that would have had tiles made from here. There are some wonderful tile scenes that were rescued form hospitals that were torn down in the 1980s.
Overall, there is a lot to see here, and you get to walk through some history that feels familiar at the same time.
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.
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 Victorian Town sounded quite good to me, so off we went to find it.
We had some trouble, which was a shame, as it meant we didn't have enough time to have a real good look around.
The Village is full of shops, cottages and workplaces, there are animals plus horse and cart ride's.
We found the people behind the counter's, were dressed in old style, and all the good's for sale, were from the old day's. It was quite an interesting Village, and you would need a minimum of 2hours and more to have a good look around.
At the Visitor Centre, there is a film telling the story of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge.
Hungry, light snacks and traditional meals are available, also fish and chips and a pie shop.
OPEN...Seven days a week, all year.
10am - 5pm Easter - OctobeR & 10am - 4pm November - Easter
The Passport Ticket allows repeat day time access to all 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, during normal opening hours, so you can return as often as you like for one year.
If after 12 months you have still not visited particular sites, you can return at any time in the future to make one free visit to the sites that you've missed.
A passport ticket costs..Adult £22.50 Child Student £14.75
Blists Hill Victorian Town only...Adult £14.95 Child Student £9.95
I think that Ironbridge have done a fantastic job with their museums and none more so that the former Coalport china factory now a museum.
The museum itself is dedicated to Coalport's china making history and includes some very immpressive pieces dating back to the late 18th century when the factory was built.
There are a couple of original huge bottle kilns in fine preservation and the old china warehouses have been converted to a youth hostel and a cafe.
The museum's location on the banks of the river Severn is a delight and only 100 metres from a footbridge that crosses the river to Jackfield and it's museums and excellent public house The Boat Inn, unspoilt by progress.
The cost of entry is £7.40 for adults (seniors and students get a discount) but you are better off paying £21 for an Ironbridge Passport that will give you access to most attractions.
As mentioned earlier there is cafe on site.
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.
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 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.
OK, if you are in Ironbridge you came to see this, and it is impossible to miss. Take time to walk across it to the little museum (free!), and walk beneath the bridge on the walkway to see the intricate ironwork design. It is pretty fascinating to see what this, an initial structure of the Industrial Revolution, is all about.
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.
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.
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.