50th anniversary tours at Ironbridge Gorge Museums

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums group has created new packages and tours to mark the Shropshire attractions’ 50th anniversary.

At Coalport China Museum, groups can spend a full day at a posy bowl making workshop with skilled tuition to help make, decorate and glaze their own ceramic piece.

Groups can also book a half-day curator’s tour of Jackfield Tile Museum, to discover more about one of the UK’s most significant decorative tile collections.

Visitors can walk among some of the finest examples in-situ such as a recreated pub, London tube station, church, children’s hospital ward and more.

The new six-hour Very Victorian Tour suits groups that want to discover the cultural heritage of Ironbridge.

It begins with a visit to the refurbished Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Old Furnace (pictured), where Abraham Darby’s innovation kick-started the Industrial Revolution and changed the world forever.

The groups can then experience the sights, sounds and smells of a former era at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

After lunch, the final stop is a visit to Jackfield Tile Museum to discover the skills, craft and creativity behind the tiles that helped to decorate Victorian Britain.

The shorter, four-hour Ceramics Tour includes a visit to the Coalport China Museum; a short drive through the World Heritage Site and across the River Severn, pausing for lunch, and on to Jackfield Tile Museum.

For groups planning a visit later this year, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ gold ticket winter discount offers 50% off group admission prices from November 6 to March 31.