Ironbridge Travel Guide

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Ironbridge Things to Do

  • Ironbridge

    Steam engines, cast iron work, printers, plasterers. and all kinds of workshops making "genuine" Victorian articles. It is a great place for adults and children to experience traditional industries at work.

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  • Blist Hill at work

    Steam engines, cast iron work, printers, plasterers. and all kinds of workshops making "genuine" Victorian articles. It is a great place for adults and children to experience traditional industries at work.

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  • Blist Hill Inside

    Many of the buildings are still used for their original purpose, a bank that changes money to "Victorian money", a pie shop, a pub that serves beer and has the occasional singsong, many more. Here are some of the interiors.

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  • Blist Hill Outside

    The collection of Victorian buildings at Blist Hill is impressive. Take your camera to capture your favourite examples of Victorian architecture.

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  • BLIST'S HILL VICTORIAN TOWN

    Blists Hill Victorian Town sounded quite good to me, so off we went to find it.We had some trouble, which was a shame, as it meant we didn't have enough time to have a real good look around.The Village is full of shops, cottages and workplaces, there are animals plus horse and cart rides. We found the people behind the counters were dressed in old...

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  • THE TOLL HOUSE

    From where our car was parked, we entered the Bridge via the Toll House.A substansial looking building, it's thought the Tollhouse was erected before the bridge was opened to traffic, but none appears on early illustrations of the Bridge. A toll-keeper was employed to collect money from people crossing the bridge from 6am to 9pm each day. Those...

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  • THE IRON BRIDGE

    The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge in Shropshire, England. I thought it was a lovely looking Arched Bridge, complemented by the old Town of Ironbridge. A Bridge was needed, as the locals only way of crossing the river was by Ferry. A local ironmaster, John Wilkinson of Broseley, suggested...

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  • Blists Hill – Victorian Town

    Enter a world from the past, the Town is located on a 52 acre site and is a recreation of Victorian life, even down to obtaining replica pounds, shillings and pennies from the era. Attractions include numerous shops, cottages, a fairground, rides on horse and carts, as well as industrial monuments.SummerSunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00...

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  • The Ironbridge Gorge Museums

    Within the Gorge there are ten amazing museums to visit including the chance to meet the Victorians at Blists Hill Victorian Town. All ten Ironbridge Gorge Museum sites are within an area of 6sq miles and transport is needed to easily travel between them, The Gorge Connect is a shuttle service that connects the majority of the Museums, whilst at...

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  • Visitor Information Centre

    The Visitor Information centre is situated in the Museum of the Gorge and is a good source of items maps and tourist information. Also available for sale within the office are the usual postcards, guides and books, gift ideas, regional specialities and local arts and crafts.Car park and toilet facilities are available next to the Information...

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  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial The Ironbridge memorial is in the form of a figure of a soldier in full marching order, the bronze figure stands atop a square stone plinth, which bears the names of the fallen, and the inscription; there is a two-stepped base. The memorial was first unveiled 8 March 1924 although two of the three bronze plaques on the plinth hold the...

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  • River Severn

    Without the River Severn there would be no Ironbridge, the River Severn at 220 miles long is actually the longest river in the United Kingdom and was used as a key trading route, but it was also a barrier to travel around the Ironbridge Gorge, the nearest bridge being at Buildwas some 2 miles away. The source of the Severn is at Plynlimon,...

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  • Blists Hill – Museum of Local Post...

    In 2009 the reconstructed Victorian Post Office was opened in partnership with The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) and tells the important part that the role of postal communications played. The ground floor is the Post Office whilst upstairs is the museum. Exhibiting a collection of vehicles, uniform, post boxes, oral history, photographs,...

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  • The Ironbridge

    The Ironbridge crosses the River Severn and connects Coalbrookdale with Broseley; it was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron, a material which previously had been too expensive for large structures.Constructed to the plans of Thomas Pritchard, work on the bridge began in 1775 and ended in 1779, opening January 1781. The...

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  • Jackfield Tile Museum

    The museum is located in the former factory of Craven Dunnill and company and is filled with rooms of tile displays and scenes including a pub, a butchers shop and a tube station. The village is one of the oldest known ceramic production centres in Shropshire, a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Visitors can walk through the museum and...

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  • Coalport China Museum

    The museum was home to the famous Coalport China Factory until 1926, now the listed buildings are now filled with the finest examples of the old factory’s work. Alongside the national Collections of Coalport and Caughley China, there are displays of traditional techniques including flower making, pot throwing and china painting. There are also...

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  • Jackfield Tile Museum/Maws Craft Centre

    A great way to spend a few hours.The tile museum had tiles in abundance! Unfortunately the manufacturing part of the museum was closed as we visited on a Sunday. There are several examples of the uses of tiles and reconstructed examples.Also within a very short walking distance is Maws craft centre which houses a number of craft shops and a cafe....

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  • Coalport China Museum

    I last visited this museum during a school trip in the mid 80s.Not enough for a faull day out, prob a good hour and a half.Great use of the Ironbridge Passport.

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Ironbridge Restaurants

  • Delicious Indian Food

    Service is second to none, and the food was amazing. The food was very well presented and not steeped in oil which is a very welcome sight for someone watching their weight!I wish I'd taken photos of the food but i couldn't wait to get stuck in :)My only complaint is that the diet coke I ordered must have come out of a large bottle as it was a bit...

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  • Best one of the area!

    I have originally chosen to stay at the Best Western hotel because of this restaurant. This was supposed to be the best one of the area. Indeed it yearly receives two rosettes for quite some time. I completely ignored that system but apparently that is something set up in UK to counterbalance the Michelin rating. At a maximum, a restaurant can...

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  • Ice Cream!

    If you can overlook the cheesy name, this is a good ice cream place near the base of the bridge. Although we went with a boring vanilla and strawberry for our choices, the rest looked pretty good, too. Decent prices and it's fun to walk around with ice cream when the weather is nice.

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  • Poor attitude

    Will give this one a miss in future, despite the favourable reviews. Called in on Tuesday and booked a table in the restaurant for two for Thursday. We saw the reservation written into the reservations book. Arrived in good time for our meal to be greeted by confused receptionist--we do not have any reservation. A rather bumptious young man then...

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  • Tea Room for Dinner

    We got to Iron Bridge about five pm, and walked around a little taking pictures and then decided to eat there at the Iron Bridge Tea Rooms. The downstairs room seemed full so we went upstairs - this was another place where the waitresses really had to run up and down the stairs. We were one of the last ones there, leaving at 18:43 I had a cottage...

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  • Ironbridge - Good music as well as food

    Good pub just 100 metres from the centre of Ironbridge. There are three parts to this pub:Outside - good atmosphere looking towards the River Severn.Public bar area: Informal area and good for a lunchtime or evening drink. They also serve bar snacks. The bands play in this area - often some kind of modern jazz, the last time I went I remember them...

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Ironbridge Transportation

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    by grayfo Updated Nov 28, 2014

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    Blists Hill Parking

    Park in most of the museum car parks for the cost of one ticket (does not include Pay and Display car parks at Museum of the Gorge and Ironbridge). The ticket does, however allow parking at, or near to each of the following: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum & Tar Tunnel, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron & Darby Houses, Enginuity and the Broseley Pipeworks.

    Pay and Display

    Long Stay

    Sunday to Saturday: All Day

    Day Rate: £1.50

    Blists Hill, TF7 5UD

    March 2013

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Ironbridge Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 24, 2009

    We got to the area too late to shop but I did take a picture of this shop where the architecture seems to mimic the bridge design. There is meter parking near the shops, but we were also too late to need to pay at the meters.

    What to buy: One of the shops there was Bears on the Square which says it is one of the largest and most established Teddy Bear shops in the United Kingdom. Also available is the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Shop. Unfortunately, for the latter place, you can shop on-line, but they only ship to the U.K. If you don't live in the UK, you are out of luck.

    What to pay: Print - Views of the Iron Bridge / Full Colour £3.50
    Ironbridge Coloured Tankard £6.95
    Ironbridge Clock £24.95

    Shops on the square Parking sign
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Ironbridge Off The Beaten Path

  • St Luke, Ironbridge

    The Ironbridge church is one of the "Waterloo Church" type and it was built in 1835/6 using funds from the Church Building Act 1818. The tower has a three dial clock, which was made by W. Davies of Shifnal. The architectural style is simple Commissioners' Gothic. The church is oriented in a direction that is the reverse of the most churches with...

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  • Jackfield Bridge

    Built in 1994 this bridge replaced the reinforced concrete Free Bridge that had been condemned in 1986. It reinforces the engineering heritage of the area.

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  • St. Luke's Church

    Completed in 1837, the church is interestingly built the reverse of the majority of churches - the sanctuary being at the west end and the tower at the east end. This is due to the fact that it was discovered that the land at the west end would not bear the weight of a tower.

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Ironbridge Favorites

  • History of Ironbridge

    The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution was the Ironbridge gorge; it was here that the world’s first iron bridge was constructed between 1777 and 1781 spanning the river Severn. The bridge was required for transportation in an area that was rich with raw materials including coal, iron ore, water (which was used for both the generation of power...

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  • Blast Furnaces

    On the way to Ironbridge we saw these structures - I took the picture out of the car window and it was fairly late in the day. I think these are actually the cooling towers of an electrical plant. But it does remind us that the blast furnaces of Abraham Darby that produced the iron cheaply enough to use, and that's why the area is called the...

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  • War Memorial

    This statue was facing the road, and I have figured out that it is the War Memorial. These names are listed as being on it. World War One Adams J Hurdley J.Armstrong J. Jarvis W.Aston F. Moore A. Baugh W. Nickless T.Beddoe W.J. Oakley W Bradley G. Onions WBranford F. Owen B.Brazier W.E. Owen F. Brickley G. Owen W.E. Broadhurst G. Pearce H. Burton...

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Hay Incline System
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Tar Tunnel
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