YHA Ironbridge Coalport Exterior

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Coalport, Shropshire, TF8 7HT
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Ironbridge Coalport

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Ironbridge Coalport. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  4. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  5. Meeting room(s) remain closed.

  6. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.

  7. Bar(s) will be serving drinks for guests to take away.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

Exclusive hire

  1. From 2nd November, YHA Ironbridge Coalport will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

Good to Go England

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 Coalport is positioned within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, home to 10 family-friendly museums, littered with industrial archaeology and brimming with places to grab a bite to eat or a drink. The Youth Hostel is situated on the banks of the river Severn, with canal paths and old railway line walking routes to the iconic Iron Bridge.

This hostel is ideal for family holidays, and for those keen to learn more about industry. Refurbished in 2009, YHA Ironbridge Coalport boasts conference facilities and our fantastic on-site café.

Why guests love YHA Ironbridge Coalport

  • Situated in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site
  • One of the original factory buildings of the Coalport China Works
  • Just a short way from the Iron Bridge

Accommodation at YHA Ironbridge Coalport

The hostel

YHA Ironbridge Coalport has two floors of accommodation including a selection of private rooms and dorm rooms, some of which are en-suite. The hostel has a spacious lounge and dining area, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the surrounding area.

The hostel is accessed through our charming cafe and includes stunning original tiled flooring, there are also classroom facilities available for meetings. Our other hostel in the Ironbridge Gorge, YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale, is available for group bookings on Exclusive Hire.

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, club mates, etc., 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 on our dedicated website.


Food and drink at YHA Ironbridge Coalport


Breakfast at YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Eat with us

Our Riverside Restaurant & Bar provides a contemporary, relaxed and cosy atmosphere in the heart of the industrial museums and away from the bustle of this vibrant historic town. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily throughout the summer to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


All day menu at YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, grilled paninis and loaded stone-baked pizzas. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Check in: 15.00 - 23.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

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

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

Parking: YHA Ironbridge Coalport has plenty of on site parking for visitors. Charges apply.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 9am.

YHA Ironbridge Coalport - Access Statement

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YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Map references

OS Map: 127

OS Grid Ref: SJ696024

Lat/Lng: 52.618843, -2.450477

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9325

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Occupying the oldest surviving china works building, YHA Ironbridge Coalport is perfect for big get-togethers. You can hire the whole hostel over on our Exclusive Hire website.

Meeting rooms

At YHA Ironbridge Coalport we have two meeting rooms available for hire.

Capacity: Up to 60 delegates in one room and up to 15 delegates in the other, depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment:
Room 1: Data projector, white board, extension lead, flipchart and pens
Room 2: Data projector, extension lead, flipchart and pens
Parking: There is ample parking at YHA Ironbridge Coalport which is free from 5pm - 10am but there is a nominal daily charge as the car park is shared with the museum.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available in Room 1
Accessibility: Room 1 is located on the ground floor. The closest accessible WC is located in the dining room also on the ground floor. Room 2 is not accessible as it is located on the 1st floor and has steep stairs. For more information please see our access statement.
Air conditioning: No air conditioning, there is central heating.

Meeting rooms available from: £49


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


At the end of 18th century, Coalport was a small settlement on the banks of the river Severn, an area noted for producing ceramics since Roman times. It was called Coalport after the coal that was transferred from canal to river vessels at this junction. The most important industry to be attracted to the new town was the china manufacturing enterprise of John Rose who moved into a new factory at Coalport in 1779. This factory was converted to the current Youth Hostel in 1997 and some of the original features, including the decorative flooring on the first floor, remain.

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 young boys 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!"

"I have a great team working with me at Coalport, some join us for the main season and are often young people on gap years or adventurers who work in U.K. in the summer and then travel through the winter, others are locals who work with us all year round. The whole team is dedicated to making sure you get the most of your stay so please ask us for advice on what to do, where to go, what to see and we all look forward to meeting you.” 

Manager recommends: This Gorge offers so much to do for a sightseeing holiday or school trip, but if you're just on a weekend break you must take a walk from Coalbrookdale and step back in time at Blist Hill Victorian Town. On longer breaks, there’s still plenty to do within a twenty minute drive such as visiting the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, learning about the creation of the modern Olympic Games at Much Wenlock or exploring the interesting town of Bridgnorth with its funicular railway linking the high and low towns. On a visit of any length, a walk into Ironbridge for a well earned drink on the banks of the River Severn finishes off a perfect day.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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