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Ironbridge

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Ironbridge is an important historic location in Shropshire, England. Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the "birthplaces of industry" and central to the story of the industrial revolution in Great Britain.

The world's first iron bridge
Buildwas Abbey

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8 km) south of Telford in Shropshire. Take junction 4 from the M54, and follow the brown and white traffic signs.

By train[edit]

1 Telford Central station (+44 8457 484950) in Telford is 5 miles (8 km) north of Blists Hill Victorian Town.

By bus[edit]

  • Telford Travelink (+44 1952 200005)

By bike[edit]

The National Cycle Route follows the route of a former canal and railway, now called "The Silkin Way" from North Telford, through the town centre to Ironbridge, via Blists Hill Museum.

Get around[edit]

A regular shuttle bus service (+44 1952 200005) operates throughout the Gorge every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. This bus also has limited links to the Rail Station.

If you are visiting the museums and want to see the surrounding area, a car is essential as public transport links vary from limited to non-existent. Note, however, that there is no free parking in Ironbridge itself, though parking charges are normally reasonable.

See[edit]

  • 1 Iron Bridge. The world's first Iron Bridge, built in 1779 - there is a small visitor's centre on one side. The Iron Bridge on Wikipedia The Iron Bridge (Q99200) on Wikidata
  • 2 Buildwas Abbey, Nr Ironbridge, TF8 7BW, +44 1952 433274. An ancient abbey ruin owned by English Heritage just outside Ironbridge. It is advisable to use a car to get to as, while it is within walking distance, it is a walk of around a mile along a road with no pavement. adults £3.60, children £2.20, concessions £3.20. Buildwas Abbey on Wikipedia Buildwas Abbey (Q1003041) on Wikidata
  • 3 The Green Wood Centre (formerly The Greenwood Trust), Station Rd, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR, +44 1952 432769. A forest management and conversation centre. Green Wood Centre on Wikipedia Green Wood Centre (Q5603414) on Wikidata
  • 4 Tar Tunnel. 11:00am-3:00pm (From March - October 2018). A long, dark tunnel used to extract bitumen (or tar). It was previously open to the public, but is now unsafe to enter. The entrance however can still be seen by visitors. Tar Tunnel on Wikipedia Tar Tunnel (Q7685001) on Wikidata

Museums[edit]

  • 5 Museum of the Gorge, TF8 7NH, +44 1952 433424. 10:00am-5:00pm. A small museum, but containing a large diorama model of the gorge at the height of its industry. A visit here first helps to put all of the museums into context. Museum of the Gorge, Ironbridge on Wikipedia Museum of the Gorge, Ironbridge (Q18708772) on Wikidata
  • 7 Museum of Iron, TF8 7DQ, +44 1952 433424. 10:00am-5:00pm. Abraham Darby's original blast furnace and a large Victorian warehouse, now housing a museum of the Coalbrookdale company. Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron on Wikipedia
  • 8 Enginuity, TF8 7DQ, +44 1952 433424. 10:00am-5:00pm. An interactive science & engineering museum aimed at children. Enginuity on Wikipedia
  • 11 Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, +44 1952 433424. A year-long passport is available which allows entry to all the museums, and has traditionally been very good value for money if you intend to visit a number of them. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Various expensive pubs and nondescript curry houses / Italian restaurants. Also a good Thai place next to the bridge.

1 Eighty-Six'd, 1a Waterloo St, TF8 7AA, +44 1952 432620, e-mail: . Mon-Tue: Closed, Wed-Sun: 10:00-18:00. Cafe and art gallery with a creative menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as typical cafe drinks, snacks and desserts. Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free-friendly.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are a large number of small inns and Bed & Breakfasts in or near Ironbridge. When searching for accommodation outside of Ironbridge, it is worth looking across Telford and Madeley

Budget[edit]

There is a Youth Hostel at Coalport and Coalbrookdale, both campuses being part of the same hostel. The latter campus is very modern and popular, though is not ideal for self-catering visitors. No camp sites are available in Ironbridge itself, though there are more in South Shropshire and Shrewsbury directions.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 3 The Valley Hotel, Buildwas Road, TF8 7DW, +44 1952 432247. A period Best Western property to the west of Ironbridge, with pleasant views overlooking the park and a particularly well regarded restaurant.

Go next[edit]

You can head out by car:

It's worth exploring Wellington which, like Ironbridge, is part of the new-town of Telford, which has a nice town park which is worth a visit if you have children.

Telford Steam Railway is also a pleasant trip on a Sundays or Bank Holidays, as is a walk up the nearby Wrekin Hill.


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