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

Where iron changed lives forever

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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

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 beautiful walks in and around the woodlands at Coalbrookdale, many noted by markers.

Parking

PASS PLUS holders and Friends can park in our Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Enginuity car parks for free during their daytime visit by validating their PASS PLUS at the front desk when they arrive. Find out more. 

INTRODUCING IRONBRIDGE

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Discover the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

GET INVOLVED

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Hands-on fun and interactive experiences

BE INSPIRED

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Explore our awe-inspiring collections 

DISCOVER INNOVATION

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Step in to the historical heart of Ironbridge

Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
8th Apr – 21st Jul 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
22nd Jul – 1st Sep 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
2nd – 29th Sep 2024 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
30th Sep – 25th Oct 2024 Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

All museums are closed 24, 25 & 26 December.

See our opening times page for other attraction times.

Directions

The postcode for The Old Furnace is TF8 7DQ

See our directions page for further details.