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“Very interesting and unique experience”
Review of Tar Tunnel

Tar Tunnel
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very interesting and unique experience”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

A fascinating little attraction in the Ironbridge museums collection. A bit uncomfortable if you are tall, as the roof is very low, but very atmospheric and slightly chilling. Be careful not to brush your clothes against the oozing bitumen on the walls!

Visited May 2013
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
752 reviews
414 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Tar Tunnel is sufficiently odd that you’ll be glad that you went: a project to dig a canal tunnel that instead found tar, a precious source of raw materials. While a little narrow and low, it’s well lit and an easy walk along the 100 metres that are open to the public. The adjacent canal boat lift, the Hay Incline (a visible part of the Blists Hill Victorian Town) shows how the problem of moving canal boats from the River Severn was finally resolved.

Visited April 2013
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Oxfordshire, UK
Level 6 Contributor
719 reviews
456 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
“A hidden gem! Very interesting and worth a visit”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

This site is part of the Ironbridge museums passport and is definitely worth a visit. There are some sign posts but it's not very easy to find and not really situated where you would expect it to be! Once you find it though, it's very interesting.

You will enter through the small gift shop and be given a hard hat to wear whilst you are in the tunnel. It won't take you long to visit here as you just walk up and down the tunnel but mind your head as it does get quite low in places! Watch our for tar running down the walls and underfoot. Wear sturdy shoes.

Knowledgeable staff made it a very interesting visit.

Visited April 2013
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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience as part of the ironbridge passport”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I am rating this attraction as excellent because it does exactly what it says on the tin. Hidden in a small cottage close to the Coalport china museum is the tar tunnel - a very short section of an overall very long tunnel which was used to extract and transport tar to the canal outside.

The experience lasts around 20mins and involves putting on a hard hat and then taking a walk up the very atmospheric tunnel... No guides or gimmicks, just a few information boards in the shop and then a brief walk. Parts of the tunnel are very low so the hard hats were a good addition!.

I enjoyed the experience but I must add that you really should do this as part of the passport offer for all the museums. I don't think the individual entrance price would be worth your while but as an experience when included with blist's hill, enginuity, etc it becomes an excellent addition to your visit.

There is some very steep steps to reach the property and inside the building.

Visited April 2013
Thank Matthew M
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rowley regis
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This place is my fav of all the ironbridge museums as i love the surroundings as it is quiet secluded and near a lovely pond. I also love this one as i love the experience of getting on your helmets and travelling into the unknown. The kids also love bending down and looking into the ponds and tar holes in it. They love measuring themself to the ceilings however be warned if over 5ft 7in you will have an achey back after with all the bending. The shop is lovely however the tunnels are very small and this attraction would take no more than 30min to do including a quick look around the shop. The attraction cannot hold many and in holiday times it does fill up fast and has early closing times so do this activity before any of the other ironbridge museums just to get your moneys worth.

Visited August 2012
Thank meandbunny
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