Darby Houses

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  • Visitor Information Centre: 01952 433 424

The Darby family's historic homes - Rosehill House and Dale House - are collectively known as the Darby Houses. See family objects, papers, plans and pictures which dot the rooms and give you a very real sense of how the family lived, as well as worked. Don't miss out on dressing up in Quaker costume at Rosehill House. The Museum has restored and opened to the public the house constructed for Abraham Darby I in 1717 – Dale House. It was in this house that his grandson, Abraham Darby III, designed the Iron Bridge. Adjacent is Rosehill House, which was also occupied by members of the Darby family, and now houses the Museum’s collection of Darby furniture, prints, porcelain, silver and ephemera collected and donated by Lady Labouchere. The carefully reinstated early 19th century garden in front of both houses, and the family arboretum behind, place the buildings into an environmental context. The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Further information

Opening Hours:

14/03/2015 –01/11/2015 daily, 1000-1700. 02/11/2015 - 11/03/2016 - closed.


Adults £5.00, 60 Plus £4.05 & Children £3.55 Annual Passport Ticket for all ten of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums allowing repeat visits all year - Adult £27.95, 60 Plus £21.50, Children £16.95, Family (2ads) £68.00 and Fam (1ad) £50.00


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

Travel directions:

The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 or junction 6 off the M54. Follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge. For Darby Houses, follow Coalbrookdale Museums.

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Library with public access
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
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  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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