A man and women stand inside the protective cover building of the Old Furnace, gazing up at the historic brick built furnace which kickstarted the industrial revolution.

The Old Furnace

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Walk around the original furnace where Abraham Darby I perfected the world-changing iron smelting technique.

  • Discover the furnace at the heart of Ironbridge
  • The catalyst that changed industry
  • Walk through an historic valley landscape

The following facilities and rules apply at this attraction:

  • Tea & Coffee available
  • Disabled toilets
  • Keep dogs on a lead
  • Restaurants available
  • Shopping available

While you're at The Old Furnace

Pop in to the Furnace Kitchen to refuel for the rest of your day. Enjoy cakes and coffees, brunch, lunch and savoury snacks.

Whilst you are here you can also visit Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and the Darby Houses (seasonal opening). Kids will love stretching their imagination at the nearby Enginuity.

There are lovely walks in and around the woodlands at Coalbrookdale, many noted by markers.

Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
4th Apr – 9th Oct 2022 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
10th Oct – 31st Dec 2022 Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

See our opening times page for other attraction times.


The postcode for The Old Furnace is TF8 7DQ

See our directions page for further details.