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Address: High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
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tar tunnel

A unusual place to visit, the tar tunnel was discovered under a local shop & opened to the public, tunnel is only a couple of hundred yards long, but the bitumen still seeps... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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ipswich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A unusual place to visit, the tar tunnel was discovered under a local shop & opened to the public, tunnel is only a couple of hundred yards long, but the bitumen still seeps through the walls. Worth a visit takes about 20 mins.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It doesn't take very long to visit this tar tunnel, but it is well worth going. It was amazing to see the tar oozing out of the sides of the tunnel. Definately visit this attraction.

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Burntwood, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was not what I was expected...I was hoping for a tour and a talk down the tunnel and for it to be a little longer. There is not much information within the tunnel and it is difficult to find as the signs are badly placed. Although I do think it is something to see I would only do it... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The tar tunnel is only around 100m long, straight in and out again, but it is something different to do. I am pleased that I saw it but I wouldn't bother going again. They really could make more of it especially with more information within the actual tunnel and I imagine that in tourist season it would be very crowded... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was unusual, given a hardhat as you enter. Hubby went to the end and took photos. I faced my fears and did a little bit! No pressure and free to go into the tar tunnel as far as you feel comfortable. Needed more info though. Would return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

A bit short but what can you expect, its a tunnel with natural bitumen oozing through the brickwork. Tall folk will need to duck but you are given a hard hat. You CANT buy a bottle of the tar though which was a little disappointing. All in all very interesting and unique place to visit whilst in the area.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

You don't need a long time to visit the Tar Tunnel, 15 minutes will be enough. You walk along the tunnel and you can see the tar oozing through the wall, further along you can see some tar pits through the walls. I'm glad I didn't have to pay entry as I was using the annual pass.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It is interesting to walk through this, but a pity that it does not go any further. It is a relatively short walk to the end and back. It is however worth making the short journey from the China Museum to go and visit this attraction. You can still see tar oozing through the walls in places.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It's not every day you can put on a hard hat (supplied at the desk) and make your own way down an old tar tunnel. Individually, it would be expensive if this was the only attraction you were visiting. However, if you have bought the museum annual pass (good value) that allows you to enter ALL the museums managed by... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A fascinating piece of our industrial heritage. A ten minute walk along a lovely canal bank from the Coalport China Museum. Hard hats are donned (the roof of the tunnel dips to about 5 feet in places) and you walk a couple of hundred yards along an old brick lined tunnel with bitumen oozing from the between the bricks -... More 

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Address: Address: High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Shropshire  >  Ironbridge Gorge

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