Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Once described as "the most extraordinary district in the world", the Ironbridge Gorge is still a remarkable, and beautiful, place to visit today. A huge amount of early industry survives as furnaces, factories, workshops, canals and the settlements of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport. There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the wild River Severn - still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge.
See the products that set industry on its path and the machines that made them. Watch and talk to the Museums' craftsmen and costumed demonstrators as they work iron, fashion china and glass, and bring alive the people who lived and worked here.
Bringing a Victorian Town to life means hard work behind the scenes to provide authentic costume for up to 100 staff and volunteers. The Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN wardrobe team carefully copy Victorian suits, dresses, hats and working clothes; they also help conserve the Museum's much older collection of Quaker costumes. Behind every exhibit is careful research into the lives and times of real people who lived and worked here.
The tradition is alive today as the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust opens the doors on its most dynamic and interactive attraction yet. Enginuity, the tenth in the series of Museums opens in July in the historic heartland of the Ironbridge World Heritage Site. Pull a real locomotive, control the flow of water to generate electricity, pitch yourself against the speed and accuracy of a robot, or work as a team to run the Crazy Boiler but beware of the consequences as it may run out of control!
The following sites remain open 7 days a week from 10. 00 AM - 5 . 00 PM:
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
Jackfield Tile Museum
Coalport China Museum
Museum of the Gorge .
AddressCoach Road, Ironbridge, Shropshire, TF8 7DQ
Opening times10am - 5pm
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