Ten fascinating museums full of activities and interest for all ages in Shropshire. Blists Hill Victorian Town and Enginuity are highlights for families.
Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5UD
Tel: 01952 433424
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
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The Ironbridge Gorge near Telford was awarded World Heritage status in 1986 in recognition of the area’s contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution. It is one of the great family days out in Shropshire with ten award-winning museums located on different sites in the picturesque landscape where Abraham Darby constructed the first cast-iron bridge in 1779.
Educational and fun, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are packed with family things to do, see and learn. Start your visit at the Museum of The Gorge with its huge model of the valley as it looked in 1796 and displays explaining the river’s role in the area’s development.
Step back to the past at the recreated Victorian town of Blists Hill and meet Victorian characters to bring history alive. Visit Broseley Pipeworks to find out how clay tobacco pipes were made or learn about the early iron industry at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron.
See beautiful china and explore the children’s gallery with puzzles at Coalport China Factory. Visit the Darby Houses to glimpse what life was like for the ironmasters.
Enginuity, the interactive design and technology centre, is packed with exciting activities for future scientists and engineers. Where else can you control a river to generate electricity or x-ray everyday objects?
Admire fabulous decorative tiles at Jackfield Tile Museum and join a school holiday workshop to try designing your own. Kids will be thrilled to put on a hard hat and venture down the Tar Tunnel with bitumen oozing through the walls.
Make sure you allow time to take a walk across the Iron Bridge itself and pop into the Tollhouse afterwards.
Admission charges vary for individual attractions. Ticket options include a passport ticket which allows entry to all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums and is valid for 12 months.
Lockdown is easing further and it is great news that both indoor and outdoor attractions are open to visit once again. We hope you and your children enjoy a wonderful day out after so long. Please check COVID-secure measures set out by the venue before you travel and note any changes to opening times.
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