The Ironbridge Gorge Museums have introduced new packages and tours for groups planning to visit the Shropshire attractions during 2018.

Groups will have the chance to learn more about Industrial Revolution, while exploring Victorian towns.

About the new packages

Groups interested in industrial history will have the opportunity to visit the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (WHS) with an expert guide.

The WHS tour starts at the Old Furnace in Coalbrookdale, where ironmaking pioneer Abraham Darby kick-started the Industrial Revolution with his revolutionary iron smelting technique.

Groups on the tour will also have the chance to visit the newly refurbished Museum of Iron and discover how craftsmen made it one of the most famous iron works in the world.

The tour then continues with a drive through The Gorge to explore more of the industrial moments in the area and a stroll across the Iron Bridge, which remains an iconic symbol of the Industrial Revolution.

Final stop is a visit to the Coalport China Museum to view collections on display.

In addition, visitors can book the six-hour Very Victorian Tour, during which they will be transported back 100 years to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a former era at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

This tour also includes a visit to the Museum of Iron and Jackfield Tile Museum. Lunch can be enjoyed at one of the cafés where groups can indulge in food like traditional Fish ‘n Chips.

From 2st March until 31st October 2018, groups can spend the morning on a cruise on the River Severn on board the Sabrina, Shrewsbury’s acclaimed passenger boat, with live commentary and tea/coffee with biscuits.

In the afternoon, they can explore Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Additional info

These pre-booked packages are available to groups of 15 and more, while there is free coach parking or a drop-off facility at each museum.

Group leaders and coach drivers will enjoy complimentary admissions and drivers will be given a free refreshment voucher.

To book your visit, you can call the group visits officer, Ben Walker, on 01952-435900 or email

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