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5 Must Do things in Ironbridge

Top five ‘must do’ experiences for groups at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in 2020

There’s lots for groups to discover when visiting Shropshire’s magnificent Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site from beautiful landscapes to world changing stories. Make sure your group ticks off these five ‘must do’ experiences when exploring the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, which lie at the heart of the area.
 
Meet some (almost) real Victorians at Blists Hill Victorian Town
Soak up some culture and experience history brought to life as your group strolls along the cobbled streets at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Ditch your modern money in favour of pounds, shillings and pence at the Bank, check out the weird Victorian remedies at the Pharmacy and enjoy a portion of delicious fish and chips at the Fryers – yum!  There’s loads to explore at this remarkable recreated Victorian town. 

Take a walk through an Edwardian underground station at Jackfield Tile Museum
Jackfield was once at the very heart of British tile production and here you can see why. Walk amongst the very best examples in-situ at a recreated pub, London underground station, church and more. See stunning friezes, epic story-telling panels and a world-class gallery dedicated to British tiles.
 
Relax at the Furnace Kitchen – a stylish new destination restaurant in Coalbrookdale
Add a little something special to your group’s visit. Enjoy a relaxed new dining experience in the heart of the historic Coalbrookdale site with delicious food and drink brought to you by celebrity executive chef Marcus Bean and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Next door, groups can see exquisite art castings made from Iron that were exhibited at the legendary Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. 
 
Discover the extraordinary Northumberland Vase at Coalport China Museum
Be amazed by the spectacular treasures made in these quirky buildings. Ranging from elaborate statuesque vases to hand-painted miniatures, they were made for everyone from wealthy families to Queens and Tsars. Don’t miss the extraordinary Northumberland Vase – the biggest item ever made at Coalport.
 
Discover the extraordinary Northumberland Vase at Coalport China Museum
Walk across the world’s first Iron Bridge and imagine what life was like around 300 years ago when industrial development began. See the exhibition in the original Tollhouse and find out more about the amazing craftsmanship and secrets behind this incredible Bridge. Take a group selfie in front of the global icon – the perfect way to remember your group day out.
 
Unlock all these incredible experiences and more when you book an all sites group visit to Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Discounts are available for groups of 15 plus. There is free coach parking or a drop off facility at each museum; group leaders and coach drivers are entitled to complimentary admission when accompanying a group and coach drivers will be given a free refreshment voucher.
 

Call the group visits team to discuss the options on Tel: 01952 435 900 or email visits@ironbridge.org.uk; details can also be found on  www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6. 

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