Ironbridge is an important historic location in Shropshire, England.
Ironbridge Gorge is a . It is one of the "birthplaces of industry" and central to the story of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.
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 trainTelford Central station (+44 8457 484950) in Telford is 5 miles (8 km) north of Blists Hill Victorian Town.
- Telford Travelink (+44 1952 200005)
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.
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.
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Iron Bridge and tollhouseThe world's first Iron Bridge, built in 1779 - there is a small visitor's centre on one side.
phone: +44 1952 433424address: TF8 7NHA 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.
phone: +44 1952 433424address: TF7 5UDA living history museum and reconstructed Victorian town.
phone: +44 1952 433424address: Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DQAbraham Darby's original blast furnace and a large Victorian warehouse, now housing a museum of the Coalbrookdale company.
phone: +44 1952 433424address: TF8 7DQAn interactive science & engineering museum aimed at children.
phone: +44 1952 884124address: Salthouse Rd, Jackfield, TF8 7LJA privately-owned museum documenting the history of ceramic tiles.
phone: +44 1952 580650address: High St, Telford, TF8 7HTThe original home of Coalport china, now a museum.
phone: +44 1952 433424One of the Ironbridge Museums. A Victorian clay tobacco pipe works.
address: 30 Darby Rd, Coalbrookdale,TF8 7EWFormer houses belonging to Abraham Darby I, a Quaker and industrialist who developed a method of producing pig iron with a blast furnace using coke instead of charcoal which was vital to the Industrial Revolution. His work can be seen at the Museum of Iron.
Tar TunnelA 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.
phone: +44 1952 433274address: Nr Ironbridge, TF8 7BWAn 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.
phone: +44 1952 432769address: Station Rd, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DRA forest management and conversation centre.
phone: +44 1952 882159address: Benthall, nr Broseley, TF12 5RXManor house run by the National Trust.
phone: +44 1952 433253address: 34 High St, Ironbridge, TF8 7AG
There is also a bookshop nearby.
phone: +44 1952 432273address: 5 The Square, Ironbridge, TF8 7AQAn independent bookshop known particularly for its inventory of near-antique Penguin Books.
phone: +44 1952 432620address: 1a Waterloo St, TF8 7AACafe 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.
phone: +44 1952 884667address: 67 High Street, Broseley, TF12 5EX
phone: +44 1952 432233address: 33 High St, Ironbridge, TF8 7AG
phone: +44 1952 433712address: Wharfage, TF8 7NH
phone: +44 1952 433108address: 21 Wharfage, TF8 7NH
phone: +44 1952 432901address: 10 Wharfage, TF8 7AW
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
BudgetThere 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.
phone: +44 1952 641821address: The Wrekin, Telford, TF6 5AL
phone: +44 1952 882631address: Calcutts Road, Jackfield, TF8 7LHWell-run 18th century home with kind hosts. It is located a little outside the main town (20 minute walk), very close to the tile museum. Six rooms.
phone: +44 1952 680068address: Castlefields Way, MadeleyThe Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel is a 16th Century Manor House steeped in history offering both the facilities of a modern hotel and the ambience of a beautiful Manor House in countryside surroundings.
phone: +44 1952 432247address: Buildwas Road, TF8 7DWA period Best Western property to the west of Ironbridge, with pleasant views overlooking the park and a particularly well regarded restaurant.
You can head out by car:
- North to Telford
- South toward Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth and Church Stretton part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- West toward Shrewsbury and North Wales
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.