Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel
Jackfield Tile Museum
Once the largest tile factory in the world, Jackfield was famous for its encaustic tiles, with ornate designs produced using layers of...
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Set at the top of the Hay Inclined Plane (a cable lift that once transported coal barges uphill from the Shropshire Canal), Blists Hill...
By the River Severn, you can see the remains of the 1750s-built coke-fired blast furnaces, which remained in use into the 19th century.
Gourmet Italian food is served in a classy, narrow and wood-panelled dining room with oodles of charm.
Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel information
As ironmaking fell into decline, Ironbridge diversified into manufacturing china pots, using the fine clay mined around Blists Hill. Dominated by a pair of towering bottle kilns, the atmospheric old china works now contains an absorbing museum tracing the history of the industry, with demonstrations of traditional pottery techniques.
A short stroll along the canal brings you to the 200-year-old Tar Tunnel , an artificial watercourse that was abandoned when natural bitumen started trickling from its walls.