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Museum of the Gorge Ironbridge

Ironbirdge, Shropshire

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"A part of the World Heritage Site Ironbridge Gorge"

This Museum is housed within the Old Severn Warehouses a short walk from the Iron Bridge. It houses artefacts, displays and models which outlines the areas history and why it was made a World Heritage Site.

Once inside you are in the shop area first, with all the normal tourist paraphernalia for the area. At the reception desk show your passport of if only visiting this attraction pay your monies. Through a door and the first thing you notice is the 12 metre long model of what they believe the Gorge was like in 1796, when it was a thriving industrial town. You will not believe what was here and how the landscape has changed with much of the signs of heavy industry now disappeared. It's detail is such that it as a Royal Carriage crossing the Iron Bridge, it would have had to have paid a toll to cross, there is cargo on the Severn Trow (a barge) which was used to transport coal and stone down the Severn Estuary, and a tiny figures in the coalmines, waterwheels, furnaces and so much more.

Other exhibits include examples of local iron products, displays looking at rescue work and lessons learnt from past disasters in the area, interactive computer quizzes, a brass rubbing table and a short film, which runs every 40 minutes that explains the history of the Gorge, it's importance and why it became a World Heritage site. Also in one room there are markings on the wall which shows in the past how high the River Severn rose and flooded the area, with newspaper cuttings and displays explaining how the floods affected the local community at the time. Outside there are still the tracks which would have taken wagons from the warehouse down to the River's edge.

Allow 30 minutes to an hour for your visit.

Model of Ironbridge Gorge in 1796


The Annual Passport. The Ironbridge Museums operate an Annual Ticket and Passport where for one price you can get access to all 10 of their sites with unlimited day time access during normal opening hours, so you can return as often as you like for a whole year. If after 12 months you have still not visited particular sites, you can return at any time in the future to make one free visit to the sites that you've missed. These tickets are sold at all the museums and the visitor information centre in Ironbridge itself or you can buy them in advance by phone. The 2009 prices for the Passport tickets are:

Adult 19.95;  60+ 15.95; Child 12.95 or a family ticket for 2A up to 3C 54.95.

Location: Museum of the Gorge, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Grid Reference: SJ666037 Ceremonial County: Shropshire

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Getting there: Exit J4 or 6 of M54. Follow signs for Ironbridge Gorge. Then follow signs for Ironbridge Museums. The Museum of the Gorge can be found along the Wharfage, adjacent to the river.

Access: Pay and Display car and coach park with public toilets next to it. Or from the town centre you can walk along the River Severn out towards Coalport and it's on the left hand side.
Website: Museum of the Gorge
Other Useful Websites:
Address: Museum of the Gorge, The Wharfage, Ironbridge
Postcode: TF8 7NH Telephone: 01952 884391
Opening Times: Daily 10am-5pm

Charges: Use the Annual Passport as detailed above or for entry to the Museum only prices are: Adult 3.25; 60+ 2.75; Child 2.15

Nearby Locations:

Iron Bridge and Toll House

Other Location Pages:

Bedlam Furnaces

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Broseley Pipeworks

Coalport China Museum

Darby Houses


Hay Inclined Plane    Hay Inclined Plane Gallery

Jackfield Tile Museum  

Museum of Iron

Tar Tunnel

Other Relevant Pages:

Living History Section

List of Living History Museums

Living history museums introduction

World Heritage Sites     

World Heritage Sites - Further Information

World Heritage Sites in the UK

Industrial Heritage

Anchor Points and The European Route of Industrial Heritage  

The Industrial Revolutions

Technological Developments in the Industrial Revolution

Transport in the Industrial Revolution 

Further Information on Industrial Heritage 

European Route of Industrial Heritage - UK Sites   

Notes: Cafes and Pubs within Ironbridge town centre.



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By: Tracey Park Section: Heritage Section Key:
Page Ref: Museum_Gorge_Ironbridge Topic: Industrial Last Updated: 10/2009


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