The Darby Houses
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Shropshire TF8 7EW
Five generations of the famous Darby industrialists lived in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England. Two of their houses make up one of the ten award-winning museums in the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Darby Houses provide a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of these 18th century Quaker entrepreneurs. The Darby Houses comprise the adjacent properties of Dale House and Rosehill, both of which were built for the Darby ironmasters in Coalbrookdale.
Dale House was originally built in 1717 for Abraham Darby I and looks out over the Upper Furnace Pool whose outflow powered the blast furnace. It was enlarged by subsequent generations: in 1776 Abraham Darby II converted the attic into a third floor.
During the 20th century it was converted into flats, which undermined the true character of the house, but it has since been restored as much as possible to its 18th century appearance. It is a Grade II listed building.
Rosehill was built in about 1738 for Richard Ford, who married Mary Darby, the eldest daughter of Abraham Darby I. Richard was Clerk to the Coalbrookdale Company under Abraham I and later Manager of the Coalbrookdale Ironworks.
In the mid 19th century the house was occupied by Abraham Darby III's youngest son Richard and his wife Maria and after his death by his daughter Rebecca until 1908. The house has been restored and refurnished to recreate its 1850 appearance and is a Grade II listed building.
Both houses have delightful ‘English Country gardens.
7 days a week: 10:00 – 17:00 hours.
All Museums close 24 & 25 December and 01 January.
For details go to Web: Ironbridge opening times
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: Ironbridge/ Tickets
- Discover rooms packed with original family furniture, china, mementoes, costumes and family papers;
- View the desk Abraham Darby III may have used when planning the Iron Bridge;
- Dress up in period costumes and experience everyday life;
- Children can take part in a fun trail;
- Take a look at the nearby Quaker burial ground.
You should allow at least 1 hour to visit the houses.
A café is available in the nearby Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron serving light meals and drinks. A large gift shop in the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron sells a range of cast-iron goods and souvenirs.
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 M54 follow the brown and white tourism signs for Ironbridge Gorge.
As you get closer to the Museums follow the specific signs: For Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses follow ‘Coalbrookdale Museums’.
There is car parking at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Sat Nav for the car park is TF8 7DQ. One ticket, costing about £2.00, is required to park at most of the Museum car parks. From the car park it is a short steep walk to the houses. There is a disabled parking space at the houses for wheelchair bound visitors.
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