With such a rich industrial history, the county of Shropshire is home to a number of fascinating historical sights. Among the most interesting is the China Museum at Coalport, situated in the small village of Coalport, on the banks of the River Severn and not far from the better-known village of Ironbridge. Though rural, the area is well served by fabulous hotels, making it a popular spot for tourists.
The village at Coalport is as picturesque as any in Shropshire. The village's bridge and canal are each worth a look themselves, but the Coalport China Museum is undoubtedly the village's main attraction.
What is the Coalport China Museum?
From as early as 1795, the small village at Coalport was known for making fine chinaware. The museum casts a light on this important and once-great industry. At the centre, visitors can watch live demonstrations of the traditional techniques, which include pot throwing and painting. In addition to being able to view some of the most unusual and historically significant items the pottery ever produced, visitors can also look around the original pottery buildings. There's also a children's gallery packed with fun things to do for the young ones, making it an ideal destination for the whole family.
Where to Stay for Coalport China
Situated on the bank of the River Severn, the village of Coalport may be small but it is also conveniently located. Those in search of somewhere lively to stay would do well to look for hotels in the nearby town of Shrewsbury – home to some of the most stunning medieval architecture in the country. Quieter spots for accommodation include Church Stretton, or even the small village of Much Wenlock.
The excellent choice of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in the area surrounding Coalport offer a wealth of facilities. From carefully maintained swimming pools in which to relax, to high-speed internet, ideal for researching the area, the range of hotels in Shropshire is sure to please.
Coalport itself is beautiful, but it is also small. If you're keen to stay close to a variety of shops and restaurants, it's probably worth heading looking slightly afield. Whichever direction you head in, you can guarantee you'll be near a number of other attractions well worth the visit.