Interactive exhibits to welcome families back to the Ironbridge Gorge museums

Some of the Ironbridge Gorge's best-loved attractions are gearing up to reopen to the public after being closed for more than 12 months – with tickets available to book now.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is reopening Enginuity, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalport China Museum, and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron from May 19, in line with the easing of Government restrictions.

The four museums will welcome back visitors from Wednesday to Sunday. And Blists Hill Victorian Town, which has been open on weekends since April 17, will also open its doors from Wednesday to Sunday.

The ever-popular Furnace Kitchen is extending its opening hours too, serving customers indoors and outdoors from 9am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday (9pm on Fridays).

Tickets for all museum visits must be pre-booked in advance, with bookable time slots in place at Blists Hill Victorian Town and Enginuity to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.

The 'feed the furnace' display, demonstrated by James Brearley

A story-telling area has also been created at Enginuity to allow visitors to learn more about the history of the area and to be mesmerised by story-tellers weaving their magic, while a new interactive screen will reveal the history and personal stories of some of the people who worked in the Gorge in bygone eras.

A design & build area will allow children to unleash their imaginations and channel their inner Abraham Darby, allowing them to create their very own replica of the area’s famous Iron Bridge.

Younger visitors will be well-served with an early-years activity area featuring a huge map of the Gorge on the floor that will allow them to build bridges and structures.

And people will be relieved to hear that the museum’s ever-popular water feature that has enthralled generations of children for hours will remain onsite.

Tickets are now on sale for timed entry slots via the Trust’s website at ironbridge.org.uk.

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