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Tar Tunnel

20% off Ironbridge Gorge Passports.

Use your annual passport here to gain access to the Tar Tunnel as one of 10 museusms at IGMT. This gives access to all 10 museums in one 12 month period. This offer applies to Telford residents only and a valid Telford Loyalty Card/App needs to be shown upon request. Discounts and promotions can not be applied retrospectively.
Put on your hard hat and venture underground into the eerie brick-lined tar tunnel. Treacle-like black bitumen is still oozing through the walls and welling up in puddles. Step inside the Tar Tunnel and discover where miners digging in 1787 struck a spring of natural bitumen which has seeped out of the walls for over 200 years. •Crouch down to peer inside miniature caverns and see the thick tranquil pools of liquid tar •Children will love putting on a hard hat and going underground •See how the early industrialists of the Gorge overcame the natural obstacles •Take a look at the extraordinary Hay Inclined Plane, a nifty invention designed in the early 1790s to move tub boats between the Shropshire canal at the top of the hill and the Coalport canal at the bottom The Tar Tunnel is only a short walk from Coalport China Museum, alongside the Shropshire Canal. You should allow around 20 minutes for a visit to the Tar Tunnel. The nearest café is a 5 minute drive away at the Blists Hill Victorian Town’s Entrance café.

Tar Tunnel
Blists Hill Victorian Town Coach Road Ironbridge Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ

01952 433424