Darby Houses

Meet the Ironmasters – Explore their homes on the hill

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Dynasty of Ironfounders – the homes that the Darbys built

Take the short walk from Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron up the hill to the beautiful Darby Houses, former homes to the Darby family.

Rosehill House, built in 1738, and Dale House, built in 1717, sit on the hillside overlooking Coalbrookdale. 

The Darby Houses will be open daily until 11 September, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm).

The following facilities and rules apply at this attraction:

  • Guide dogs only

Wander around Rosehill House as if it’s 1850 and get a glimpse of an Industrialist’s life.

See family heirlooms in the very rooms that they were originally used.

Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
4th Apr – 9th Oct 2022 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm (25 July – 11 September only)
10th Oct – 31st Dec 2022 Closed (from 12 September onwards)

In 2022 the Darby Houses will be open from 25 July - 11 September, 10am-5pm, only. They are closed at all other times.

See our opening times page for other attraction times.


The postcode for Darby Houses is TF8 7EW

See our directions page for further details.

Don't Miss...

  • Dressing up in period costume at Rosehill House
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Coalbrookdale from every floor
  • Take a look at Abraham Darby III’s original desk in Dale House
  • See family memorabilia, including costume and letters

Is there a cashpoint?

You can withdraw money from our free-to-use cash machine at Blists Hill Victorian Town or from the Co-op in Ironbridge town.



Can I bring my dog?

Assistance dogs are welcome to visit with you, other dogs are welcome at Blists Hill Victorian Town only.

How long will my visit last?

We suggest a visit to the Darby Houses will take at about 1 hour.

These are our recommended visit times:

Blists Hill Victorian Town 3+ hours
Coalport China Museum 1.5 hours
Tar Tunnel 20 minutes
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron 1.5 hours
Darby Houses 1 hour
Enginuity 2 hours
Iron Bridge & Tollhouse 30 minutes
Museum of The Gorge 45 minutes
Jackfield Tile Museum 1.5 hours
Broseley Pipeworks 1 hour 


Is there anything for kids to do?

There’s a great family trail around the Coalbrookdale site to follow, pick it up from reception on arrival.

Children must be accompanied by an adult whilst visiting.

Are the houses suitable for visitors with disabilities?

  • Darby Houses have limited access to wheelchair users
  • They are approached via a steep hill. If approaching from the Museum of Iron, it is suggested that you park in the small car park to the side of the Houses. Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis
  • Ramps give access to the first floors of both houses
  • Dales house is all on one level
  • There is an accessible toilet on site
  • Rosehill House is on two floors. No lift is currently available to upper floor
  • Paths between houses are mixed surface, including gravel
  • Guides are available to talk to guests about the contents of the houses
  • Ask at reception for the best route if you are using a wheelchair
  • Download an Access Guide