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Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

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Address: | Coalbrookdale, Telford, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge Gorge, England
Phone Number: +44 1952 433424
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An interesting and enjoyable museum

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Whisky-Sandy
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Lewdown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Very interesting and very educational,lots to see and very easy to see the other museums nearby,well worth the visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Another aspect of the Industrial Revolution, here the remains of the water powered blast furnace where the smelting of iron with coke instead of charcoal was perfected by Abraham Darby. Displays of artifacts resulting from the industrial revolution are a vivid illustration of what it was all about. Part of the Ironbridge museums package it is a must see,

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This museum consists of a cafe (nice if expensive ham roll), a collection of objects made of iron and a display about the history of ironmaking in Coalbrookdale. This helps to fill out information you can get by visiting the nearby furnace (it is worth going in if you have the passport) and there are a couple of short audio-visuals.... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This was the first museum we visited as part of our passport to the ten and was by far our favourite. The site itself was an incredible experience, to see the old furnace and remains of the old buildings, which were very informative and important to our history. Inside the museum the staff were so friendly and the exhibits outstanding... More 

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