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Last Sunday, we ventured further out on a road trip to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. As well as that, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is situated in the village of Coalbrookdale in Shropshire. Moreover, we were looking forward to visiting the Blists Hill Victorian Town as part of our day out.
Firstly, tickets for the museum can be purchased individually for each attraction, or as we did, bought an online adult passport for £25.15 each. Additionally, our ticket price included a 5% online discount. Also, visitors with disabilities have free entry to the museum.
As a museum, there are some areas of limited mobility and also accessible areas, lifts and toilets. (Please refer to their website for accessibility information).
The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
When my son first visits a new place, he anxiously asks a lot of questions. Although, he overcame his nerves, and became settled quickly.
First and foremost, we walked across the historical iron-bridge, which overlooked the River Severn.
Firstly, the views of the River Severn, Ironbridge were picturesque. Not only picturesque, but It was breathtaking standing on top of the bridge.
At this time, we entered the Tollhouse to view its exhibition, and to understand the history behind The Iron Bridge.
Ironbridge Sweet Shop
After a visit to the Tollhouse, we then visited the Ironbridge Sweet Shop, where we bought some rosy apples, chocolate skeletons, sherbet lemons, rhubarb and custard, cola pips and cola fizz balls.
Undoubtedly, we enjoyed our lunch while sitting on a bench, admiring the tranquil village.
All of us tried on some replica Quaker costumes at the Darby houses, which was fun. It is good to note that some of the costumes were quite heavy to wear.
My son was extremely interested in viewing the clocks. In addition, we admired the display kitchen and antique clocks in particular.
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron
Before heading over to the Coalbrookdale museum, we visited the old furnace.
Subsequently, we then looked at the iron castings and exhibits from 1851 at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. I was handed an Iron Spy Trail at reception, which I gave to my son.
Moreover, the Iron Spy trail, along with the museum having tactile objects placed around kept him intrigued and entertained. Furthermore, the museum impressively showed many objects made from iron.
The Enginuity museum is multi-sensory and encourages interactive play. They do, however, advise online that it is a noisy environment, so I recommend taking ear defenders just in case.
My son enjoyed the water activities with the dams and working out the puzzles.
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Lastly, we visited The Blists Hill, which is a small industrial Victorian town set in 1900. This attraction has a disabled access guide too.
Myself, my boyfriend, and son entered the bank to change my money up into Victorian coins. (farthing/halfpenny/shillings) I was so excited about this.
As well as that, we visited the grocers, winding engine, and candle factory. My son and I bought some delicious shortbread from the bakers. I shared my shortbread with my boyfriend because I’m so kind.
We stopped off at the mine railway, where we learned about how the Victorians used their children to go down to the mines because they were smaller and could reach more places.
The best experience by far was visiting the Victorian fairground. My son was apprehensive at first about going on the swing boats; however, I manage to encourage him to go on one with me. Once he was seated, he had so much fun. He couldn’t stop laughing with joy.
It may be a little experience for some, but to me, it meant so much seeing my son being so free and being in the moment. I felt a bit emotional seeing my son have that freedom and bonding with me without worrying about anything. I will not forget this moment.
The Broseley PipeWorks and Tar Tunnel
The Broseley PipeWorks and Tar Tunnel are other Ironbridge gorge points of interest, although, they were not open on Sunday. We also missed out seeing the Museum of the Gorge, Coalport China Museum and Jackfield Museum. There was just so much to see and do. We, therefore, intend to make good use of our adult passport tickets.
The Ironbridge Museum was a great day out, and we are looking forward to returning at some point in the near future.
*This blog is based on our experience of visiting the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. I received no payment or any other commission for this post.