Jackfield Tile Museum
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...
Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel
As ironmaking fell into decline, Ironbridge diversified into manufacturing china pots, using the fine clay mined around Blists Hill....
Gourmet Italian food is served in a classy, narrow and wood-panelled dining room with oodles of charm.
Lonely Planet review
Once the largest tile factory in the world, Jackfield was famous for its encaustic tiles, with ornate designs produced using layers of different coloured clay (the tiles are still produced here today for period restorations). Gas-lit galleries re-create ornately tiled rooms from past centuries, from Victorian public conveniences to fairy-tale friezes from children's hospital wards. The museum is on the south bank of the Severn, near the footbridge to the Coalport China Museum. To reach it, cross the footbridge at the bottom of the Hay Inclined Plane. Tours of the factory are held every Tuesday at 11.30am.