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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Volunteering at Ironbridge

We are lucky to have lots of wonderful volunteers supporting our Museum, and we’d love you to join the teams and help us tell our world-changing story.

It’s easy to get involved and you can give minutes, hours or days as a Volunteer and still make an enormous difference…

  • Meet new people, make new friends
  • Improve your skills or learn brand new ones
  • Give your time and share your passion

Take a look where you can volunteer, or apply now with our application form.

If you want to find out more you can always call 01952 601044 or email volunteering@ironbridge.org.uk.

 

Costumed Townsfolk

Confident, cheerful and love dressing up? Join Blists Hill’s Victorian population! If you like to stand out, we can fit you in.

Our costumed Townsfolk add real character to the Town, looking after the shops and houses, demonstrating traditional crafts and pastimes and mingling with our visitors.

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Costumed Townsfolk are based at Blists Hill Victorian Town and help bring the site alive by adding to the authentic Victorian atmosphere.

There are lots of different roles such as:

  • Work alongside staff to illustrate day-to-day home life in the cottages or hardships of life in one of the workshops
  • Talk about weird and wonderful Victorian cures in the Pharmacy
  • Make a tea packet from a single sheet of paper in the Grocers
  • Teach visitors traditional crafts like rag-rugging
  • Provide tours of the Ironworks, Spry and River Transport exhibits
  • Become part of this bustling Victorian town as Roaming Townsfolk

These are just a few of the many ways that you can become part of the Blists Hill community.

 

 

Museum Guides

Could you welcome visitors to the Ironbridge Gorge and share exciting stories from the past?

Do you enjoy sharing information in an accurate and interesting way?

We need keen, confident speakers with an interest in local history to meet and greet or lead tours at several of our Museum sites.

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Do you enjoy sharing information in an accurate and interesting way?

We need keen Volunteers who are willing to learn more about the fascinating history of the Gorge and share their passion with our visitors.

Guides are needed at:

  • The Darby Houses (both Rosehill House and Dale House) in Coalbrookdale
  • The Iron Bridge and  Tollhouse (in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Coalport China Museum
  • Jackfield Tile Museum
  • Broseley Pipeworks

Full training will give you the knowledge and confidence needed.

The help and information our volunteer guides offer provides the most valuable experience for our visitors.

Museum Support

Are you a handy-person? Could you help us look after our buildings and objects?

For the green-fingered, there are lots of outside places to keep tidy and looking good, or if you prefer the indoors, we have Archaeological and Curatorial Collections to help look after.

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There are many opportunities for you to help behind the scenes, using your existing skills or learning new ones:

  • Helping in the Collections and Archaeology stores. Duties here involve cleaning and cataloguing objects, anything from cogs or bottles to carriages and ironwork
  • Maintenance and site presentation at the Victorian Town
  • Painting and maintaining the historic exhibits
  • Conservation and renovation of historic objects such as carts and other props
  • Maintenance and conservation of historic machinery and engines
  • Gardening and landscape management
  • Woodland management
  • Litter picking and cleaning

All the above roles help maintain our wonderful collections and ensure our visitors have a great day out.

Not seen anything that takes your fancy? Drop us a line to talk through your perfect role, call 01952 601 044 or email volunteering@ironbridge.org.uk

What age do I have to be?

We work with volunteers aged from 16 upwards.

How much time do I have to give?

It’s up to you.  It might be once a week or more, once or twice a month, whatever suits you and in agreement with your place of volunteering.  Much depends on the site, the season and opening times, which vary.  Some volunteers help out occasionally during the year.

How often do tours take place?

This varies according to the site and time of year.   For example, at Broseley Pipeworks there are timed tours daily at 1.30 and 3.00 in the season (May to October).

How will I know what to say?

You won’t be on your own when you get started.  We will provide all the information you need to do your role.

Do I have to bring my own costume?

No, our Wardrobe Department will provide a costume for you.

I’m really interested in local history but afraid I don’t know all the facts.

You won’t be on your own when you start, and all the training and information you’ll need will be provided.

I don’t have my own transport – is any available?

Public Transport is limited in the Ironbridge Gorge, so having your own vehicle is a distinct advantage unless you live in the immediate vicinity.

Do you pay volunteer expenses?

We are unable to pay travel expenses but can offer meal vouchers at the main sites with catering outlets if you are volunteering all day.

My son/daughter has some learning support needs – can they volunteer?

Almost always yes! We’d suggest you all come in together so we can talk through the possibilities, but we have a good track record of working well with Volunteers with support needs.

If I volunteer for the Museum, can it lead to a job there?

You’ll certainly be in the right place to hear about upcoming vacancies, and you could pick up some of the skills needed – but we can’t promise you’ll always be successful. 

Please download our Volunteer Application Form (Word document).

You'll need to complete all sections so that we can process your application to become a volunteer at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

All information will be held by the Trust and will remain confidential.

Please return to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Coalbrookdale
Telford
Shropshire
TF8 7DQ

Feel free to get in touch to find out more

Call 01952 601044 

Email volunteering@ironbridge.org.uk.

 

Corporate Volunteering is a great way to build teams, deliver on your CSR targets and for your colleagues to learn new skills and have lots of fun.

Employer Supported Volunteering allows for groups of employees to support the charitable work of the Trust by helping deliver larger projects and supporting activities.

Each project is different and can be matched to your needs and objectives. Activities  can either be physical or desk based, indoor or  outdoors but are always fun and rewarding.

We welcome groups of any size and for any duration, from half a day to a regular commitment over the year. Full operational and administrative support will be given throughout the project, including risk assessments and all health and safety training.

In the past Corporate Volunteers have helped us:

  • Catalogue our costume collection
  • Create a new sensory garden at Coalport
  • Steward events
  • Test a new App
  • Build a new greenhouse

For more information about Corporate Volunteers, please get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator on 01952 601 044.

Corporate Membership Scheme

You can also help out by joining our Business Club, where your business will not only enjoy the status and prestige of being associated with one of the largest independent museums in the world but you will receive a range of exclusive benefits and fantastic offers. Click here for more details.

If you are another museum 

Volunteers are a vital resource for many museums. Employer Supported Volunteers in Museums have been so useful to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums that we have  produced a useful toolkit aimed to encourage Museums and Heritage Sites to work with their local business community through volunteering. To help you on this journey download the toolkit here.

Hayley is one of our costumed demonstrators who volunteers in the cottages.

She was very hesitant when she first came to us two years ago, but loves learning about and sharing the history of the area, and enjoys dressing up.

She tells about her journey:

“When I first started I was shy with the visitors, and I was very quiet. But since I started coming out of my shell I have more confidence. I like making the visitors laugh. I enjoy meeting different people and learning to do rag rugs. On Wednesdays we toast some crumpets on the fire. We call them Pikelets.”

Sheila volunteers once a fortnight with the Curatorial Team and also weekly with the Archaeology team.

Here she is in the warehouse (where some of the artefacts in the Museum collection are stored) sorting old coins according to the monarchs on them.

She describes what it has been like since she began volunteering five years ago:

“It’s all sorts of cleaning up and sorting out, photographing and recording. It’s surprising what interesting things you can find, actually.

It’s quite horrendous when you find things here that you recognise from your childhood,” She laughs, “That’s a bit of a shock to the system!”

 

Watch this quick video and meet Paul who volunteers at Blists Hill Victorian Town as a gardener.

He looks after the pleasure gardens and all the other ornamental planting around the site.

 

 

in this quick video you will meet Thelma who is a Volunteer Guide at Rosehill House.

Thelma helps bring to life the story of how members of the Darby family lived there hundreds of years ago.