Coalport China Museum

Visitor Information

Coalport China Museum is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The National Collections of Coalport and Caughley china combined with demonstrations and hands-on activities make this a great day out for everyone.

Displays and demonstrations bring the history and techniques of china making to life at the once famous Coalport China Factory. 

Explore the exquisite National Collections of Coalport and Caughley China in these magnificent listed buildings.

  • Watch live demonstrations of traditional techniques including flower making, pot throwing and china painting
  • View the Northumberland Vase, the largest piece of Coalport china ever produced
  • Marvel at the Flower-encrusted ‘Coalbrookdale ware’ with its exuberant forms and fragile flowers
  • Explore the buildings that were home to the famous Coalport China Factory until 1926
  • Have fun in the Children’s Gallery with fun puzzles, activities and the chance to dress up
  • Discover the distinctive bottle-shaped chimneys of our two surviving bottle ovens.

You should allow 1 ½ hours for a visit to Coalport China Museum. A café is available at the adjacent Youth Hostel serving light meals and drinks.  A large gift shop in the Coalport China Museum sells a range of china goods and souvenirs.

Check the Events Calendar for further information on the drop-in creative workshops that run during all major school holidays where you can decorate a mug or plate with your own designs or sculpt with clay.

What’s On

Girl and Sara
Jul. 28 - Aug. 01, 2014

Summer Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join in our 'colourful creatures' drop-in ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum over the school summer holidays. On Monday you can personalise a ceramic mug with brightly coloured designs...

Girl and Sara
Aug. 4 - 08, 2014

Summer Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join in our 'colourful creatures' drop-in ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum over the school summer holidays. On Monday you can personalise a ceramic mug with brightly coloured designs...

Girl and Sara
Aug. 11 - 15, 2014

Summer Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join in our 'colourful creatures' drop-in ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum over the school summer holidays. On Monday you can personalise a ceramic mug with brightly coloured designs...

Girl and Sara
Aug. 18 - 22, 2014

Summer Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join in our 'colourful creatures' drop-in ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum over the school summer holidays. On Monday you can personalise a ceramic mug with brightly coloured designs...

corner exotics
Aug. 22, 2014

Meet the Creatures at Coalport

Special one day event - visit Coalport China Museum and come face to face with some exotic creatures. You can use this as inspiration to join in our...

Girl and Sara
Aug. 25 - 29, 2014

Summer Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join in our 'colourful creatures' drop-in ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum over the school summer holidays. On Monday you can personalise a ceramic mug with brightly coloured designs...

Girl and Sara
Oct. 27 - 31, 2014

October Half-term Ceramic Drop-in Workshops

Join us at Coalport China Museum for our spooky drop-in workshops this October half-term. On Monday you can use on-glaze paints to decorate your own mug with a Halloween-themed...

Girl and Sara
Nov. 15, 2014

Christmas Present Making Workshops

Join in creative ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum and make your own ceramic Christmassy masterpiece.

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