Tar Tunnel

Dig deep – Gaze into the depths of the hillside

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...special summertime guided tour for your unique chance to see an industrial 'New Town' and what lies underneath the surface at Ironbridge.

  • Look into the 1,000 yard tunnel deep into the hillside
  • Hear the story of an accidental discovery
  • Discover how a sticky situation made money

29 July-11 September 2022, Friday & Sunday only. Pre-booked tours only at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm or 3.30pm. Tar Tunnel is closed at all other times.

Please meet at Coalport China Museum to begin your tour.

The following facilities and rules apply at this attraction:

  • Shopping available
  • Guide dogs only

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Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
4th Apr – 9th Oct 2022 Friday & Sunday, 10am-5pm (29 July - 11 September only)*
10th Oct – 31st Dec 2022 Closed (from 12 September onwards)

In 2022 the Tar Tunnel can be visited, on a pre-booked guided tour, on Fridays & Sundays at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm or 3.30pm, from 29 July until 11 September only. It is closed at all other times.

See our opening times page for other attraction times.


The postcode for Tar Tunnel is TF8 7HT

See our directions page for further details.

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 Tar Tunnel will take at about 20 minutes.

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?

Kids love looking underground here.

Children must be accompanied by an adult whilst visiting.

Is the Tar Tunnel suitable for visitors with disabilities?

  • There is limited access to the Tar Tunnel for wheelchair users
  • Please ask at Coalport China Museum for details of the best route from the car park
  • There are 4 steps down from the shop to the entrance to the tunnel.  A side door can be opened on request for direct level access