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6. Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel

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Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel


See the National Collections of Caughley and Coalport china in the magnificent old Coalport China works. Coalport china was at its heyday from 1820 to 1890, with rich colours, bright glazes and exquisite decoration. Watch demonstrations of traditional ceramic techniques which reveal the secrets of production.

During most school holidays you can drop-in to the creative workshops and have a go at a range of ceramic techniques. Decorate a mug or plate with your own designs or sculpt with clay. Children will love their own special gallery, where they’ll find plenty to discover; dressing up, puzzles and a small soft play area.

A short walk from Coalport China Museum, alongside the Shropshire Canal, takes you to the Tar Tunnel, where over 200 years ago natural bitumen trickled like treacle into pools. It was turned into pitch, lamp black and rheumatics remedies. Now you can walk along this brick-lined tunnel where the bitumen still oozes through the walls. Don't forget to pick up your hard hat on the way in.

Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel Address:
Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel
High Street
Coalport
Ironbridge
Telford, TF8 7NH
England, UK

Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel Opening Times:
 
China Museum
Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
26th to 31st Decmeber, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed 24th, 25th December and 1st January
 
The Tar Tunnel:
Closed during the winter period
 
Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel Admission:
Adults £7.40
Child/Student £4.95
60 plus £6.90
 
Passport for all of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, valid for one year.
Adult £21.95
Child/Student £14.25
60 plus £17.60
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £59.95

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