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Address: High Street, Ironbridge Gorge TF87HT, England
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Definitely worth a visit. You are allowed to walk into the tunnel which is quite exciting and see the tar dripping through the brickwork. A good little insight

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2016
Annie F
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

difficult to find from the china museum, directions were not clear. unfortunately we could not go in when we did find it, as there were dangerous gases so nobody was allowed in. as you have to park at the china museum to get there, it would have been nice if they had let people know it wasn't open to go... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We weren't able to go in the tunnel because poison gases for at a high level, but looked in and were given a detailed, history packed informative personal talk about the history. Only minutes from Youth Hostel Association -- a great place to stay. Even if you can't go in, worth a visit especially if you have the museum passport... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Please if you are not going to let people see this attraction you should close it , not tease them by letting them look into it

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Freckleton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

A short (signposted) walk along the canal from the Coalport Museum gets you to the Tar Tunnel and equipped with your hard hat and self guide information you proceed down the well lit tunnel to see the bitumen seeping from the walls. The tunnel is very similar to canal tunnels and it is well worth the visit.

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Thank Derek H
Denbighshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

i went to the tar tunnel on a college trip, although a short tunnel the guide very informative. a little eon the small side

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

The Tar Tunnel was originally planned to link with a mine shaft, enabling goods to be transported down to the river for shipping. When they dug the tunnel they discovered bitumen by chance. This sticky black petroleum product was extracted and used for coating ships, roads and roofs, it was also used as a raw material for chemicals. The tunnel... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

Definitely worth a visit. You are allowed to walk into the tunnel which is quite exciting and see the tar dripping through the brickwork. A good little insight

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Thank Annie F
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

You get to walk down a dark, tar tunnel underground....that's pretty much it! Interesting anyway and probably wouldn't get the chance to do it anywhere else so why not! Kids seemed to enjoy it

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Thank Craig S
england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

there is no close parking and if you follow the signs you have to walk along a very narrow road which has a fair bit of traffic, when you arrive you are given a hard hat and pointed tothe entrance, all it is is a fairly short brick tunnel with a low roof and bitumen leaking down the walls in... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Brilliant piece of history. This tunnel was originally built to transport goods but they discovered tar seeping from the sides which made for a very lucrative business. Make sure you keep your hard hat on as the tunnel narrows & height lowers. Interesting but bit expensive for what it is. Staff are lovely and very informative. Hats could have been... More 

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