We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tar Tunnel

High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
Review Highlights
A dissapointing visit.

A visit to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Tar Tunnel is usually a must when visiting the area. It's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Oakham, United Kingdom
Nothing to see here - health and safety!!

Having made the journey to Ironbridge and bought my museum annual pass - very good value, I was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen M
Horsham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 89 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good41%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
Write a Review
Reviews (89)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Tar Tunnel is usually a must when visiting the area. It's an atmospheric and unique place which you can normally walk into, wearing a hard-hat, which is provided. However this hasn't been the case now for about two...More

Thank C3856CHpeter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having made the journey to Ironbridge and bought my museum annual pass - very good value, I was determined to visit each of the 10 museums. So off I headed to the tar tunnel - something of a freak of nature I thought. We parked...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 20 May 2017

It wasn't until we walked in that we found access to the tunnel itself has been stopped and you get about 10' (3m) of what was supposed to be an exploration through a tar tunnel. Not to take anything from the wonderful gentleman in attendance...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Very difficult to find but once you do you are greeted by the most amazing polite and friendly staff. Small museum on the tunnel and great little gift shop items from £1 upwards. The tunnel itself is lighted and gives a very authentic but eerie...More

Thank paulandpip
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Had no idea this tunnel existed but was fascinated to learn about the history. It isn't possible to go into the tunnel at present due to the gas level being too high, but it is still definitely worth a visit as you can learn about...More

Thank Tracey S
Reviewed 10 April 2017

it is such a shame that you cannot go into it, health and safety and no one willing to take ownership of fixing it. you can stand at the entrance but it has been over a year and apparently talking to staff no the owner,...More

Thank Tim L
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

As others have said there is no guarantee that the tunnels will be open but it's well worth a look if you have any interest in the history of the area, very different to anything I have seen before

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 21 March 2017

You cannot go into this due to hazardous gases but it is manned for information and purchase of small souvenirs. Opening hours have also changed so check before visiting.

Thank PJH61
Reviewed 28 October 2016

After being told about this attraction we travelled over to see it - it was closed. This was due to a health and safety issue with the tar and poor air quality. The member of staff on duty did light the first 100 yards or...More

1  Thank Vealygood
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The tunnel cannot be visited at the moment, something to do with the tar flow. However, when we got there a member of staff talked us through the story of the site, still very interesting.

Thank jcrossBdV
Nearby Restaurants
The Black Swan
257 reviews
1.21 km away
Half Moon
261 reviews
.48 km away
Maws Vintage Tearoom
41 reviews
.33 km away
The Woodbridge Inn
1,153 reviews
.93 km away
Nearby Attractions
Maws Craft Centre
50 reviews
.36 km away
Blists Hill Victorian Town
2,784 reviews
.98 km away
Jackfield Tile Museum
325 reviews
.90 km away
Coalport China Museum
430 reviews
.16 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Tar Tunnel staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines