Coalport China Museum
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Shropshire TF8 7HT
On the northern bank of the River Severn in the village of Coalport, a cluster of heritage buildings with bottle-shaped kilns immediately attracts the visitor’s eye. These curious structures are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Coalport China Museum at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Shropshire, England.
Only two of the brick bottle ovens have survived and they make rather eerie but fascinating viewing.
The Coalport Factory was famous for its exquisitely shaped and hand painted fine bone china. Visitors can explore the factory workshops and see where this lovely china was made. The buildings hold the official National Collections of Caughley and Coalport china. One extraordinary piece is the Northumberland Vase, the largest piece of Coalport china ever produced.
Coalbrookdale ware was renowned for its exuberant forms encrusted with fragile china flowers. Coalport China Factory was the main exponent of this craft and visitors can see how it was done.
The museum presents the history between 1795 and 1926 when Coalport China was manufactured in these historic industrial buildings. Live demonstrations of traditional ceramic techniques including flower making, painting and decorating are held throughout the day.
7 days a week: 10:00 – 17:00 hours.
All Museums close 24 & 25 December and 01 January.
For detailed information go to Web: Coalport China Museum
There are two options – tickets for a single visit to a museum or the fantastic value Annual Passport Ticket which allows unlimited visits to all the sites. For more information and up to date prices, go to Web: Coalport China Museum
- Watch live demonstrations of traditional techniques including flower making, pot throwing and china painting;
- Have fun in the Children’s Gallery with puzzles, activities and the chance to dress up;
- School holiday hands-on workshops where painting and ceramic activities are provided.
Yes. There is an accessible lift, ramps, a hearing loop and tactile displays. For more detailed information (in .pdf format) go to Web: Coalport China/ Access
Allow at least 1½ hours for a visit.
Decorate a mug or plate with your own designs or sculpt with clay. Check the Events Calendar for further information on the fun drop-in workshops that run during all major school holidays. Web: Events & Exhibition Calendar
A large gift shop in the Museum sells a range of china goods and souvenirs.
A café is available at the adjacent Youth Hostel serving light meals and drinks.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1952 433 424
The Ironbridge Gorge is in Shropshire, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford Town Centre and is well signposted from the M54 motorway, Junction 4. When you leave the M54 follow the brown and white tourism signs for Ironbridge Gorge.
As you get closer to the Museums follow the specific signs: For Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum and The Tar Tunnel follow ‘Blists Hill Museums’.
There is car parking at Coalport China Museum. Sat Nav for the car park is TF8 7HT.
A single ticket, costing around £2.00, is required to park at the Trust museum car parks except for the car parks adjacent to The Ironbridge & Tollhouse, and the Museum of The Gorge which are Local Authority Pay & Display.
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