YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale is a groups’ only hostel situated within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site and a short walk from Ironbridge, a small town famous for being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and where Abraham Darby perfected the art of mass production of iron.
This Grade II listed building was established in 1853 by the Coalbrookdale Company as a literary and scientific institute and later a school of art. Offering 74 beds across 19 rooms, the majority of which are en-suite, great groups catering, a large dining room, a spacious lounge and an outdoor study area, this hostel is perfectly set up for groups.
We offer the flexibility for Primary school groups to choose to lead their own activities, sign up for our YHA delivered education packages or mix and match by adding some YHA activities as a bolt on to a self-led stay.
There are 10 intriguing museums and attractions within the gorge area itself. Experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town. Get all scientific at the fascinating ‘Enginuity’ and learn about the power of technology. Or learn about the history and past industry of Ironbridge at museums such as Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum or the Museum of the Gorge. Or for an outdoor exploration walk along the many pathways that lead along the canal path and old railway lines to the iconic Iron Bridge.
Social groups will also have plenty to do during a stay at YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale with a number of options to hike and bike around this delightful part of Shropshire. There’s plenty to do on the water as well with cruises, canoe, kayaking and even white water rafting available for trips and tours on the River Severn, just watch out for the Jackfield rapids! Finally the town of Ironbridge itself is a tourist attraction with its eponymous bridge, quirky independent shops and trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.
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Learning Outside the Classroom
YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels
across England and Wales.
For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards,
please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.
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How to get here
By car and coach:
From Telford centre or M54 follow the signs to Ironbridge. Pass through Ironbridge centre (passing the bridge on your left) and turn right at the roundabout into Coalbrookdale (Dale Road). Continue half a mile up this road, then turn onto Paradise which will be on your right. This is a sharpish turning. The hostel is immediately on your left, just before the war memorial.