Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel

Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel information

museum adult/child £8.50/5.75, Tar Tunnel £3.25/2.50
Opening hours
10.30am-4pm Mar-early Nov
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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.