Buy tickets

We only sell our best value Annual Passports online. Single attraction tickets are available on the gate.

Family (1 Adult + their children)

This ticket offers unlimited daytime admission to all 10 museums for a family of 1 adult + all of their children. Annual Passport Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Plus save 10% online compared to the walk-up price if you buy online in advance.

Walk up price £50.00

Online saver £45.00

Family (2 Adults + their children)

This ticket offers unlimited daytime admission to all 10 museums for a family of 2 adults + all of their children. Annual Passport Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Plus save 10% online compared to the walk-up price if you buy online in advance.

Walk up price £68.00

Online saver £61.20

Adult

Unlimited daytime admission to all 10 museums valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Plus you can save 10% by buying online, compared to the walk-up price.

Walk up price £25.00

Online saver £22.50

Child/Student

Unlimited daytime admission to all 10 museums valid for 12 months from the date of first use for children aged 16 or under, or people in full time education. Plus save 10% online compared to the walk-up price if you buy online in advance.

Walk up price £15.00

Online saver £13.50

Senior 60+

Unlimited daytime admission to all 10 museums valid for 12 months from the date of first use. Suitable for anyone aged 60 or over, plus save 10% online compared to the walk-up price.

Walk up price £20.00

Online saver £18.00

Add on a Blists Hill Guide Book

Don't miss out! Pre-purchase a souvenir guide, to be collected with your tickets on arrival at Blists Hill Victorian Town. The guide is already great value so we can't offer an online discount.

Walk up price £4.95

Online saver £4.95

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£0.00

School Visits

 

To experience is to understand is our philosophy and we are committed to creating an excellent learning experience that extends beyond classrooms and helps teachers  deliver many different aspects of the National Curriculum in a creative and inspiring way.

Students have the opportunity to expand their understanding of many different subjects whilst visiting our museums as we cover;

  • History
  • Art
  • STEAM
  • English 
  • Geography

There are learning opportunities for all key stages.

Your students can either follow self-guided learning journeys around the museums or take part in the many Sandford award winning workshops and activities. Click here for details about the activities and workshops.

There are ten different museums to select from. Click here for a brief overview of the different museums

We strongly recommend that you come for a free preliminary site visit to help you prepare.

 

 

 

 

ADVENTURES IN PRINT MAKING

An exciting introduction to several printmaking processes.

Students will produce finished pieces for Coursework/Arts Award portfolios, or for display.

Intaglio Printmaking: Students' designs are scratched into an acrylic surface which is inked and then used as a printing plate.

Downloadable resource available. Download here

Monoprinting: A printing technique experimenting with applying and removing inks, often resulting in dynamic and dramatic artwork.

Letterpress: A relief printing technique using a variety of type. Students will create their own combinations of either words or abstract forms, and make a direct impression of an inked surface.

Collagraph:  A form of relief printing made from a plate collaged with different textures, a good way of making full use of tonal effects and vibrant colours.

Combined techniques: Using two or more printing techniques together to create a finished piece of artwork.

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, Arts
  • KS: 3 4
  • Workshop price: £9.00 - Site admission included

 

Brick making session

An active hands-on workshop. Following a demonstration, students will create a small brick using traditional tools and methods, and will learn first-hand about the properties of clay.

They will find out more about child labour, piece work and working conditions in Victorian times.  Students can take their un-fired brick home, with instructions for firing or air drying & varnishing.

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, History
  • KS: 1 2 3
  • Download resource here
  • Workshop price: £1.60pp - Site admission not included
  • Available: March to October

Candle dipping session

Learning about the history of candle-making and then making their own is a popular and rewarding session for students.

Students will be able to dip an 8 inch white candle into coloured wax at a temperature of 65°.

They can then make a striped candle with more dips into red, blue and yellow, at the same time as learning about the properties of wax and the principles of colour mixing.

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, History, Arts
  • KS: 1 2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £1.30pp - Site admission not included

Cantilever Challenge

A simple challenge that offers groups of students the opportunity to be innovative and competitive by using teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Each team is provided with a ping-pong ball, string and kit- straws to build a self-supporting structure.

The success of their structure will be measured by vertical distance x horizontal distance.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, History,
  • KS:  2 3 4 5
  • Workshop price: £2.00pp - Site admission not included

Clay modelling - Faces

Students will learn the basic techniques of joining pieces of clay using scoring and slip.

Using a mould they will follow instructions to create a face shape, adding features to make it individual.

This workshop fits well with topics such as Romans and Greeks and  producing a self-portrait.

The clay faces will be dried, fired, glazed and then be fired again. They can be collected or posted out 4 - 6 weeks after the visit.

  • Location: Coalport China Museum
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, Arts
  • KS: 1 2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £7.50 - Site admission included

 

Clay modelling - Landscapes

Students will learn the basic techniques of joining pieces of clay using scoring and slip.

Following instructions they will create a flat plaque and add various landscape features to make it individual.

This workshop can be linked to a river, under the sea, a garden or to a local geography project.

The plaques will be dried, fired, glazed and then be fired again. They can be collected or posted out 4 - 6 weeks after the visit.

  • Location: Coalport China Museum
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, Arts
  • KS: 1 2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £7.50 - Site admission included

 

Downhill Buggy Racer Challenge

After exploring Enginuity students will attend a show where they will learn about the interactive forces of Gravity, Friction, Air Resistance and Thrust.

Working in groups they will learn how to construct a simple buggy by joining components together and making it travel down a purpose-built track, using both a fixed and free-axle. 

Each team then designs the body of their buggy, evaluating the success of different materials and joining techniques as they go along and testing it throughout the session - identifying ways to make improvements.

The workshop ends with a team buggy racing challenge!

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS: 1
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Electricity Interactive Show

This memorable hour long workshop allows students to discover more about electricity through exciting presenter-led demonstrations and experiments.

Students are encouraged to volunteer to assist in demonstrations.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS: 1 2
  • Max Number: 60
  • Workshop price: £1.00pp - Site admission not included 

Encaustic Tile Decorating

Students will learn the technique of making an Encaustic tile using liquid slip which they will use to infill their inlaid design. This process was used extensively in the manufacture of floor tiles where the final product had to be smooth and unglazed. The designs can be prepared beforehand in school, after a visit to the museum galleries for inspiration or at the start of the workshop.

Tiles will be fired and ready for collection or postage within 3 weeks.

  • Location: Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Subject Covered: Arts
  • KS: 2 3 4 5
  • Workshop price: £8.40 - Site admission included

Forces Interactive Show

Children have the opportunity to learn all about Gravity, Friction, Air Resistance and Thrust through exciting Presenter-led demonstrations and experiments. T

The children are encouraged to volunteer to assist in demonstrations.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS: 1 2
  • Workshop price: £1.00pp - Site admission not included

 

Intaglio Printing session

Students learn what Intaglio means and how it was used.

They will see a demonstration of the techniques along with several examples from our collections.

Students learn how to trace, scratch a design onto a clear acrylic printing plate.

Once etched the plate is inked and put through the press where the design is transferred onto card.

Students produce one design in black ink and one in colour if time permits.

There is a resource pack associated with this workshop to download.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: History, Art
  • KS: 2 3 4 5
  • Maximum group: 30 students
  • Workshop price: £85.00 per session, admission not included

Laundry session

The activity takes place in the wash-house behind the cottages on Canal Street. 

Students will see the following in use; a copper heated by a fire, a water pump, dolly tub, mangle and overhead drying rack. 

This is an interactive demonstration where the children are encouraged to help with sorting the clothes, pumping the water, using the posser, mangling the clothes and pegging them out on the line.

They can then go to the cottage kitchen and see how ironing was done before electricity.

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, History
  • KS: 1 2
  • Workshop price: £1.00pp - Site admission not included

Machines and Robots

Pupils work in teams to build a dancing jitterbug.

Children are taught about key concepts of machines and robots through demonstrations.

Presenters introduce the basic structure of the jitterbug, alongside consolidating understanding of electrical circuits.

Once the children have assembled the ‘base’ they can design and make the ‘body’ of their jitterbug using craft material.

We encourage the children to be as creative and innovative as possible. 

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS: 1 2
  • Workshop price: £7.45 - Site admission included

Mug Painting

Students draw their design onto plain white glazed mugs and then paint them with professional style ceramic paints.

The designs can be decided on before your visit to fit in with your topic or designed on the day after an inspiring visit to the museum and its collections.

The mugs will be fired and can be collected or posted between 2-3 weeks after your visit.

The mugs and paints undergo regular food safety tests and will be a usable souvenir of your visit.

  • Location: Coalport China Museum
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, Arts
  • KS:  2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £7.45 - Site admission included

Parachuting Parcels

Teams design and make a parachute and protective packaging to safely deliver a raw egg dropped from a height.

The workshop begins with a short Presenter-led demonstration on Gravity and Air Resistance with examples of shock absorbing packaging. 

The completed parachutes are dropped and designs are marked on accuracy, speed of drop, and safety of the cargo.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:  2
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Pewter Casting

Teams use CAD (computer aided design) to create and then cast a key ring or pendant.

Casting is explained through examples from everyday life. 

Tuition on the basic techniques and tools for using the CAD software is provided.

Each design is then laser cut from acrylic and imprinted into foam creating a mould to cast the pewter.

Once cool the students use tools to remove the foam and fettle their final product.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, Arts
  • KS: 3 4 5
  • Workshop price: £10.00 - Site admission included

Pneumatic Cranes

The use of air is introduced through an interactive show that illustrates it’s use in Inflatables, Pneumatic Systems and Compressed Air.

Teams construct the pneumatic cranes using laser cut nets. Once assembled and joined they begin to resemble a dinosaur or dragon.

Syringes are used to make the pneumatic system that controls the monster that is then decorated.

Each team is challenged to lift weights with their “Moving Monster”. 

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:  2
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Power Buggy Racer Challenge

Students are challenged to make buggy and consider the aesthetics of their design.  They will choose a theme, buggy name, and appropriate sponsor.

Children begin by consolidating their understanding of electrical circuits, and then link this to a pulley system.

Children are taught about the principles of gears and pulleys using ratios and the effect of forces on the buggy.

Students work in groups and use a range of joining techniques, tools and materials, including glue guns. 

Teams test, evaluate and improve their designs before the final race. 

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:  2
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Rockets

Children apply their understanding of forces to the construction of an air propelled rocket.

An interactive Forces Show explains gravity, friction, air resistance and thrust through exciting demonstrations and experiments.

In small groups the children decorate the outside of their rocket and form them around rolling mandrels, fit a rubber nose cone and cardboard fins to control flight.

The rockets are launched at a target using a compressed air pump.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:  1 2
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Roof tile making session

Each child hand-makes a roof tile using traditional tools and techniques from the 19th Century. 

The tile is finished with a sand facing, nail holes and nibs and is then stamped with both the company brand and child’s initials.

Boxes printed with the Madeley Wood Company's name and drying & firing instructions are used to transport the bricks back to school. 

The tiles are made from air-drying terracotta clay that need not (but can be) fired in a kiln.

  • Location: Blists Hill
  • Subject Covered: STEAM, History
  • KS:  2
  • Workshop price: £1.60pp - Site admission not included
  • Available: November to February Half-term

Table Tennis Triathlon

Teams of 10 are challenged to design and make 3 structures that will either hold or transport a table tennis ball using a selection of materials.  

Intended to encourage innovation, problem solving and teamwork.

Structures might include cantilevers,  fan cars or catapult.

Challenges are subject to change.  Examples of various structures will be displayed for the students to inspect and additional points are awarded for interesting, unusual and innovative designs.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:  2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £8.95 - Site admission included

Tube Lining Tile Decorating

Students learn the technique of tube lining a design onto a tile using liquid slip which they then infill using coloured glazes.

This process was popular in the Art Nouveau period.

They can either produce an individual tile or make a panel by working in groups.

The designs can be prepared beforehand in school, after a visit to the museum galleries for inspiration or at the start of the workshop.

The tiles will be fired and can be collected or posted up to 3 weeks after your visit

  • Location: Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Subject Covered: Arts
  • KS:  1 23 4 5
  • Workshop price: £8.40 - Site admission included

Victorian School  - Self Taught

Teachers who chose to deliver the session themselves will be supported by a Museum volunteer and resource pack with suggested lesson plans.

The group is met and walked in lines through the Town to change into costume.

Costume is provided for all children and 2 adults.

In the session the group experiences aspects of a school child’s life including a taster of a maths, literacy and object based lesson. They can take part in a drill lesson in the school yard and learn about the disciplined routine they would have been subject to.

Information about the lessons, costume requirements etc will be sent in advance once booked.

  • Location: Blists Hill
  • Subject Covered: History
  • KS:  1 2
  • Maximum group: 30 students
  • Workshop price: £85.00 per session. Admission not included

 

Victorian School  - Taught

session

The group is met and walked in lines to change into costume. Costume is provided for all children and 2 adults.

In the session the group experiences aspects of a school child’s life including a taster of a maths, literacy and object based lesson. They take part in a drill lesson in the school yard and learn about the disciplined routine they would have been subject to.

Information about the lesson choices, costume requirements etc will be sent in advance.

  • Location: Blists Hill
  • Subject Covered: History
  • KS:  1 2
  • Maximum group: 30 students

 Workshop price:

  • £8.60 per session (winter)  - Site admission included
  • £10.00 per session (summer)  - Site admission included

Wind Turbines

The workshop begins with an interactive show about how wind turbines can be used to generate electricity. It explains how energy can be transferred and looks at how the forces exerted on a wind turbine can affect its performance.

The children work in pairs to create a wind turbine that will generate electricity in both high and low wind.

We have a purpose built wind tunnel to test each wind turbine and record the results.

  • Location: Enginuity
  • Subject Covered: STEAM
  • KS:   2 3 4
  • Workshop price: £8.95 per session - Site admission included

Downloadable Resources

Students can also follow their own learning journey with the help of the downloadable Education Resources for teachers.

Brick Making

A description of the technology , science and history of hand made brick making from Victorian to present day.

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town

  • Subject Covered: History, STEM

  • KS: 2

Download here

 

Enginuity Challenge  

Questions about the exhibits for students to answer as they go around Enginuity

  • Location: Enginuity   

  • Subject covered: STEM

  • KS: 2  3  

Download here

Engineering Trail

Looking at the exhibits that explain and illustrate some of the engineering achievements of the past

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town and Museum of Iron

  • Subjects covered: STEM

  • KS: 3 4 5  

Download here

Jackfield Tile Museum Trail

A fun quiz for students as they explore Jackfield Tile Museum

  • Location: Jackfield Tile Museum

  • Subject Covered: History

  • KS: 2

Download here

The Jubilee Vase

The Jubilee Vase

An outline drawing for students to use  to redesign  this famous vase

  • Location: Coalport China Museum

  • Subject Covered: History and Art

  • KS: 2 3   

Download here

Then & Now

What are the modern day equivalents of these every day Victorian objects?

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town

  • Subject Covered: History and STEM   

  • KS: 1    

Download here

Boy and Swan Fountain

Coalbrookdale trail   

What to look for and history of some of the buildings around the Coalbrookdale site. 

  • Location: Enginuity and Museum of Iron

  • Subject Covered: History

  • KS: 2 3 4 5

Download here

Intaglio Printing        

A guide that explains what Intaglio printing is, an overview of its histoy and how is it done

  • Location: Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Subject Covered:  Art  History  
  • KS: 2 3 4 5    

Download here

 

 

Booking a Visit

Booking a visit is easy;

  • Plan your visit well in advance
  • Decide on a choice of preferred dates and times for your visit
  • Work out approximate numbers
  • Choose the sites that you would like to visit. Click here for details
  • Decide if you would like to add an activity or workshop. Click here for details
  • Check the prices, all of which are detailed below
  • If you would like to take part in any workshops call 01952 433970 or email education@ironbridge.org.uk to check the availability
  • Confirm numbers and all details to the Education Administrator
  • Download a generic risk assessment here
  • If you need to contact us all our details are on the Contact page

2017- 2018 prices

Summer Admission prices

     

2017 -18

Student

Adult

Multi site

£11.00

£14.50

Single site

Blists Hill Victorian Town 

£6.60

£9.75

Enginuity

£5.45

£6.80

Coalport China Museum 

£4.05

£5.80

Jackfield Tile Museum 

£4.05

£5.80

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

£4.05

£5.80

Museum of the Gorge 

£2.20

£3.70

Darby Houses

£2.90

£4.35

Museum of Iron and Darby Houses

£5.60

£6.75

Broseley Pipeworks 

£2.70

£4.25

Tar Tunnel 

£1.40

£2.30

Winter Admission Prices

 

     

2017 -18

Student

Adult

Multi site

£9.85

£11.40

Single site

Blists Hill Victorian Town 

£5.40

£7.70

Enginuity

£5.45

£6.80

Coalport China Museum 

£3.35

£4.65

Jackfield Tile Museum 

£3.35

£4.65

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

£3.35

£4.65

Museum of the Gorge 

£1.70

£4.65

Darby Houses

Closed from 2 October

Museum of Iron and Darby Houses

Closed from 2 October

Broseley Pipeworks 

Closed from 2 October

Tar Tunnel 

Closed from 2 October

 

 

Workshop Prices

 

  Admission included  

Excluding Admission

Adventures in print

£9.00

 

Box -design & 3D print  

£50 per session (18 max)

 Brickmaking  

£1.60 each

Bridging the Gap

£8.95  

Candle dipping

 

£1.30 each

Cantilever challenge

 

£2.00 each

Clay faces

£7.50

 

Clay landscapes

£7.50

£4.65

 

Downhill buggy racer

£8.95  

Electricity Show

 

£1.00 each 

Encaustic tile decoration

 £8.40

 

 Energy show 

 

£1.00 each 

Forces show

 

£1.00 each 

 Innovation challenge 

£8.95 

 

Intaglio printing

 

£85 per session (30 max) 

Laundry

 

£1.00 each 

Machines and robots

 £7.45

 

Medieval Encaustic tiles

 £8.40

 

Mug painting

£7.50

 

Name tag/Key fob design & print 

 

£50 per session (18 max) 

Parachuting Parcels 

£8.95

 

Pewter Casting 

£10.00

 

Pneumatic monsters 

£8.95

 

Power buggy racer

£8.95

 

Rockets

£8.95

 

Roof tile making

 

£1.60 each

Table Tennis Triathlon 

£8.95

 

Transfer Printing

£7.50

 

Tube Line Tile Decorating 

£8.40

 

 

 

Shropshire Education Discounts

SSMS – Shropshire Schools Membership Scheme

SSMS gives greatly reduced admission to all of the Museum sites. There is an annual subscription of 25p per child on the school roll. Once the subscription is paid site visits cost £1.35 per person, per museum visited. There is no reduction to workshop costs.

Membership is open to all organisations associated with education within Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, including state and independent nurseries, schools, colleges and language colleges. Other groups may also be eligible to join:

  • Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guide Groups
  • Children’s Homes
  • Care Homes (Catering for both children and adults)
  • Community groups (generally adults) both local authority and voluntary funded
  • After School Clubs and Playschemes
  • WEA
  • Residential Centres
  • Childminders
  • Home Educated groups

Groups with a more changeable membership - Scouts etc - pay a fixed subscription of £25 per year.

The SSMS Membership card must be shown at each visit. We ask that you book your visits in advance.

For more information, to make a booking or to join the Scheme contact us at education@ironbridge.org.uk or 01952 433 970.

FAQs

Do I need to book my visit in advance?

The Education discount is only available to pre booked groups.  Workshops, shows and other activities can be booked many weeks in advance so contact us as early as possible to reserve your dates and avoid disappointment.

Do I need to book a lunch space?

There are outdoor picnic spaces at or close to all sites. Indoor spaces for eating packed lunches are limited - we pre-book half hour slots in those spaces.

You can pre-book take-away fish & chips from the Fried Fish Dealers.  You can pre-book when you book your visit. We cook in beef fat so these fish & chips aren't suitable for vegetarian.

How do we pay for the visit?

We will invoice after the visit or you can pay by cash, school cheque or credit/debit card on the day.

Can I visit before the trip to prepare?

Yes and we recommend that you do. We'll give you a free preliminary visit for 2 adults.  Just let us know when you want to come and we'll send you the ticket.

Do you provide risk assessments?

There is a generic site visit Risk Assessment available to download here

Specific workshop Risk Assessments will be given to you when you book a session.

Is there parking available?

All sites have free parking for coaches onsite or adjacent to the entrance.

Can I cancel the booking?

Site visits can be cancelled any time before the visit date.

Visits with workshops or shows require 48 hours notice of any cancellation or significant change of numbers. When there is less than 48 hours notice we reserve the right to charge full costs.

Terms and Conditions for education bookings

Education groups must consist of at least 8 students. To qualify for discount you must purchase a single group ticket; this is valid on the day of issue and for six days following the day of issue.

Education groups get one free teacher’s ticket for every 8 students. Any additional accompanying adults pay the discounted adult price above.

Children aged under five are admitted free of charge.

Adults accompanying children requiring 1:1 support are admitted free.

Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.

Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for group education visits.

Have a question?

Booking an education visit is easy - just call or email us and we can help with any queries.

Once you have all the details you need download the Booking Form, fill it in and send it to

  • Email: education@ironbridge.org.uk
  • Education Department, The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ
  • Tel: 01952 433 970
  • Fax: 01952 432 204