YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

1 Paradise, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7NR


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.

Why Groups love YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Near the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

"Excellent" - 93%

Customer Satisfaction based on 11 scores

per person, per night* (ex VAT)

Number of beds: 74

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.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

Multi-Activity package

Archery Target Practice

Suitable for ages 8+

Challenges for the brain and body

Full of challenges for the brain and body our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical PE based activity. This package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality.


  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing wall, Zip Wire
  • Jacobs Ladder
  • Local attraction trips
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Nightline
  • Quad biking
  • Rocket launch
  • Segway
  • Sniper shooting
  • Team challenges
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Zip wire

Prices from


Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

Discovery package

Roasting Marshmallows over a Fire

Suitable for ages 7-13

Fun, challenging and memorable experiences

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team working and communication skills.


  • Archaeological dig
  • Archery
  • Firelighting
  • Guided walk
  • Let’s get cooking
  • Local attraction trips
  • Orienteering
  • River dipping
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

Prices from


Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

Adventure bolt-on

Abseiling down a bridge

Activities for outdoor adventurers

Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.


  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing wall, Zip Wire
  • Jacobs Ladder
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Nightline
  • Quad biking
  • Segway
  • Sniper shooting
  • Team challenges
  • Treasure Hunt

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale does not currently offer bolt-ons

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



General: Test

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

  • Meals available

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

1 Paradise, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7NR

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.

OS Map: 127
OS Grid Ref: SJ671043
Latitude: 52.635508
Longitude: -2.488607
YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale