The hostel is a fifteen minute off-road walk to the award winning Blists Hill Victorian town where history comes to life through the sights, smells and tastes of a real working town. Plus Victorian characters are there including the candle maker, baker, grocer and policeman to help give a true insight into life one hundred years ago. Three miles away at Coalbrookdale students can find out more about three generations of Quakers called Abraham Darby who perfected the art of mass production of iron and guilt the world famous bridge.
Nestled in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, YHA Ironbridge Coalport is housed in the grade II listed original factory building of the Coalport China works. The building blends original features including a decorative tiled entrance hall with all the modern facilities you’d expect from a 21st century Youth Hostel. With 83 beds spread across 21 rooms, a large classroom, a second smaller study room, a lounge and spacious dining room, this hostel really does lend itself to group use.
School groups staying at the hostel will find there are endless options to choose from with ten museums within the Ironbridge Gorge. These enable schools to link their visits to the National Curriculum through a local history study. There’s plenty of fresh air to be had and most of the museums are accessible by paths along old railway lines. Then there’s the world famous Iron Bridge the perfect spot for admiring or sketching the view or just an epic game of pooh sticks!
The hostel is adjacent to the Coalport China Museum and just a fifteen minute off-road walk to the award winning Blists Hill Victorian Town where history comes to life through the sights, tastes and smells of a real working town. The Victorian characters there such as the candle maker, baker, grocer or policeman give a real insight into life 100 years ago through their tales and exhibits. Just three miles away at Coalbrookdale, you can learn how the industrial revolution started due to innovators like three generations of Quakers called Abraham Darby who perfected the art of mass production of iron and built the world famous Iron Bridge.
Social groups will also have plenty to do during a stay at YHA Ironbridge Coalport 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 historic bridge, quirky independent shops and trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.
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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.
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How to get here
From Telford, take the A442 towards Kidderminster, then follow Ironbridge Museum signs past Blists Hill (5 miles).
Follow the road to Coalport, the hostel is on the site of the china museum.