Meet the Victorians in this recreated Victorian town, with cottages, shops and workplaces. Don't miss the horse and cart ride!
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
Accommodation at YHA Ironbridge Coalport
YHA Ironbridge Coalport has two floors of accommodation. The hostel is accessed through our charming cafe and includes stunning original tiled flooring, there are also classroom facilities available for meetings.
First floor: 25 beds over eight rooms, a selection of 1-5 bed rooms, one en-suite, one with shower.
Second floor: 57 beds over 13 rooms, a selection of 2–7 bed rooms, five with en-suite, two with shower rooms.
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
- Ambulant accessible
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Wheelchair accessible
- Drying room
- Board games
- Games room
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & 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's parking is shared with the China Museum next door and costs £3 for every 24 hours.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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!"
"I have a great team working with me at Coalport including Chris, Deputy Manager, who has lots of hospitality experience from running hotels and pubs but he spends his free time supporting the local Ice Hockey Team the Telford Tigers. My Activity Manager often puts on fun stuff for families in the school breaks including some quizzes that the kids always seem to do better at than the adults. When she’s not working she’s planning her next travel adventure, this year she went across America in an RV and has plans for India next year. Some of the other permanent staff you might meet have lived in Telford all their lives and will be able to recommend things to do. There’s Alan in the Café, Lee the Chef and Sandra our cleaner who has worked for YHA for nearly 30 years! We all look forward to meeting you and helping you get the most out of your stay.”
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 walking holidays or activity breaks, a walk into Ironbridge for a well earned drink on the banks of the River Severn finishes off a perfect day.