YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale Overview

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7NR

Only available for Groups and Exclusive Hire Bookings

This hostel is only available to book for YHA Exclusive Hire and Groups.


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Covid-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale is located within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, home to 10 family friendly museums, littered with industrial archaeology and brimming with tea rooms, pubs and eateries.

The Youth Hostel is housed in a converted grade II listed building. Walk to the hands-on science attraction Enginuity and visit the Blast Furnace where Abraham Darby’s new method of smelting iron sparked the Industrial Revolution.

This groups-only hostel is ideal for school trips, sporting and social groups.

Why guests love YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

  • Located in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site
  • Only available for Groups and YHA Exclusive Hire
  • Just one mile’s walk to the Iron Bridge

Accommodation at YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

The hostel

Ground floor: two accessible en-suite interconnected single rooms. The impressive hostel is surrounded by well-tended grounds and includes original flooring, and plans for decorations and local pictures inside – a friendly place to stay for any group of people!

First floor: 38 beds in eight rooms, all en-suite, two with showers, room sizes 2-8 beds. 
Second Floor: 34 beds in nine rooms, seven en-suite, room sizes 2-8 beds.

Families and individuals visiting the area can stay at Ironbridge Coalport three miles away.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family or club mates join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future.

If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire.




  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Board games
  • TV

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • Meals available

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - drying room(s), laundry room(s), meeting room(s).

Check in: 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Check out: Before 10.00am

Open every day?: Yes

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: Yes

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

Map references

OS Map: 127

OS Grid Ref: SJ671043

Lat/Lng: 52.635508, -2.488607

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9325

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale and hire out the whole property for yourself. To do so, please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for group bookings all weekends of the year.

YHA School Trips

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale is a groups-only hostel set in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, making it perfect for a learning-based school trip. The hostel provides up to 74 beds, group catering and classroom facilities.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website


Housed in an iconic local building, the former Literary and Scientific Institute, built with funds from the Coalbrookdale Company in the 1850s, this building has seen it all. From its original users who were honing their creative skills for use in design and decoration for the Coalbrookdale Company, to evacuees in the second world war, and its use as a book stack for the local library, ownership by the local council for adult education courses, and finally to its conversion to a Youth Hostel in 1980.

By 1785 the Coalbrookdale district had become the foremost industrial area in the world. It was particularly celebrated for its innovations: the first iron bridge, the first iron boat, the first iron rails and the first steam locomotive. Tourists came from far and wide to see the sights, and artists came to paint it all – furnaces lighting up the night sky was a favourite subject.

Meet the team

Penny Ellis – "I've been with YHA since 2001, worked at several different hostels, working my way up from team member through the catering operation, to deputy manager and finally becoming manager in 2011. I enjoy exploring the local area, on foot or by bike. Although the walks I like are more the exploring with tea shop stops and pub lunches than the 15 mile hikes! I have two toddlers so am well clued up on where’s good for young children. I've lived in the area since 2004 and am still discovering new things!"

Manager recommends: This Gorge offers so much, but from Coalbrookdale you must take a walk and step back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town. A walk into Ironbridge for a well earned drink on the banks of the River Severn finishes off a perfect day.

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