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Tar Tunnel

Address: High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Shropshire, England
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125 reviews 125 reviews
42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a really good visit! Worth going! Great underground tar tunnel - interesting. I went with my dad and sister on a day out and really enjoyed this bit the most out of all the points of interest and museums. Would recommend

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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

As others have said its all over very quickly so not worth it unless you have splashed out on a passport which was £68 for our family of 6. I actually enjoyed it as did the rest of our group but as the tunnel is now closed after about 100 feet it does not take long. If was interesting to... More 

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Stockton On Tees
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you have a passport ticket then it is interesting but only takes around 10 minutes. Not worth paying an entrance fee.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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278 reviews 278 reviews
66 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Went to visit the tar tunnel on Sunday morning and they were closed for essential maintenance! Really disappointed with this as it wasn't well signposted that it was closed so we walked along the canal to it. Resulted in 2 very disappointed children and the adults too. We live a long way so won't get to visit again but wasn't... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The tar tunnel was high on our list to see, and while it was quite interesting, it was rather short and not particularly great value for money. That being said, all the family enjoyed it.

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widnes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Although I'd say it only takes 10 minutes to have a wander around the tar tunnel it is worth seeing. It is cramped, I'm only 5"7 and I had to duck for most of the tunnel, (the hard hats are a must!) It's £3.25 per person to enter which to me is ok as I'd spend that on a cup... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
33 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very interesting place. At the start of the exhibition you are given an hard hat. You then walk down the tunnel where you can see the tar coming our of the walls. There is a small display at the start explaining history of the tunnels. This attraction is part of the Blists Hill group of museums that can be visited... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It's an interesting tale, and fine for a quick 10 minute visit if you've already bought the pass for the Ironbridge museums. I wouldn't pay just to see this though.

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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230 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If I had to pay the £3.25, (rather than using the annual passport), then I would describe it as terrible. Basically it's a 100 yards long dark tunnel in which you have to keep low (hence the hard hat). At the end a sign tells you that the remainder tunnel is some 1,000 yards long. You then retrace your steps... More 

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Sussex
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a really good bit of fun for 1/2 hour and very interesting. Kids love the tar (bring hand wipes!). It's dirt cheap (or is included on the Annual Passport multi-ticket). There are some nice walks and the china museum is a short walk down the canal. This is at the base of the Hay Inclined Plane which itself... More 

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