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Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

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Address: | Coalbrookdale, Telford, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge Gorge, England
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+44 1952 433424

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Great museum

This has been refurbished and only re-opened very recently. We really enjoyed spending time in this museum learning about the history of the Coalbrookedale Ironworks and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has been refurbished and only re-opened very recently. We really enjoyed spending time in this museum learning about the history of the Coalbrookedale Ironworks and the importance of the area to industrial heritage. The video was interesting and explained why Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO heritage site. It was well laid out and the information boards were clear and... More 

Thank Hooligan-59
Taunton, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Brand new and excellently set up. Illustrating the importance of the innovation and execution of steel making and its related progress of industrialization. The displays were authentic yet modern and very informative.

Thank Netgezien
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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1,705 reviews
535 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 881 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the main museum building itself was closed for renovation at the time of our visit, there was more than enough to absorb our interest on the rest of the site, including the amazing old blast furnace and the spectacular 'Pillar of Friendship'. Highly recommended.

Thank GrumpsDC
Telford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I am trying to get black people to really enjoy cultural things as you only live once. This is worth a journey or two as it really takes you back in time when things were made by sore hands and against low light. More black families should show their faces in these parts as this would reduce the stares shocks... More 

Thank diamonds183
Hobart, Australia
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384 reviews
200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We enjoyed the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron - it's more friendly and interesting than some of the other Ironbridge museums. A cheerful man in the visitor centre sold us tickets to the museum and the Darby houses. We had a nice lunch in their café then looked round the museum. It told the story of the Darby families – apparently... More 

Thank Mike S
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

A good 1-2hr museum with plenty of iron objects to look at, and working models to show how iron is made. Good for kids and adults alike. Also has a café to have a rest. This is well located with 2 other museums within walking distance. This museum is on the "passport", buy this at any museum in the area... More 

Thank beckabock
Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

While I have rated this attraction as excellent, and it is, I was slightly disappointed that there were no items outlining the methods used in the casting of some of the more intricate pieces. There is, I think scope to display the complications involved in the chemistry of the iron and in the moulding process like the sands etc.

Thank Whisky-Sandy
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We arrived here shortly before closing time and had a quick visit after spending most of the day at Blists Hill and Enginuity next door which are both probably rather more enjoyable. That said it does give a valuable insight into what was achieved in the early days if the Industrial Revolution.

Thank graham992016
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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381 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the beginning of the industrial revolution then this is the place for you. Lots of well presented information to warm an engineers heart. If the topic gets too dry for you then there are lovely gardens to explore and a beautiful walk along the valley nearby. Possibly limited interest for younger children unless they have... More 

Thank Lynne S
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

One of the 10 museums covered by the Ironbridge passport. Covers the history of iron smelting and includes a visit to Darby's original furnace. Nice model of the area and a good display of iron products. We took a short guided tour which was very interesting. The coffee in the cafe was actually hot unlike most of the other places... More 

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