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 is a lovingly restored Victorian village repopulated with townsfolk in period costume, busy with day-to-day chores. There's even a bank, where you can exchange your modern pounds for shillings to use at the village shops. In summer, a Victorian fair is an added attraction for young ones.

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1. Jackfield Tile Museum


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2. Tar Tunnel


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3. Coalport China Museum

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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…

4. Bedlam Furnaces


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.

5. Iron Bridge

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6. Broseley Pipeworks

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7. Museum of the Gorge

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8. Enginuity

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