Ironbridge Travel Guide

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Ironbridge Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 local's only way of crossing the river was by Ferry. A local ironmaster, John Wilkinson of Broseley,...

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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 ride's. We found the people behind the counter's, were dressed in...

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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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  • Blists Hill Victorian Town

    A great day out, although we spent 4 hrs here including a lovely lunch. (there are 3 places to get food here)You can get in to the spirit of things and exchange some of your money for 'old' money to spend in the vistorian shops although they do take 'new' money too.Lots of characters in Victorian costume around Blists Hill including a colourful...

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  • The Iron Bridge

    This is the town's namesake. Architect Thomas Pritchard designed it. Begun in 1779, it was completed in 1781. This was the first bridge of its kind. The iron was made using Abraham Darby's new coke smelting technique, which soon made conventional iron-smelting obsolete. In its day, this bridge launched a revolution, just as the American colonists...

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  • The Iron Bridge

    There is a lot of debate about whether Ironbridge is truly the scene of the birth of the Industrial Revolution as mechanisation and new technologies were springing up everywhere at the time. What isn't in doubt though is that Ironbridge was the place where the first iron structure was built and is still in place today.The bridge was begun in 1779...

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  • Coalport China Museum

    I think that Ironbridge have done a fantastic job with their museums and none more so that the former Coalport china factory now a museum.The museum itself is dedicated to Coalport's china making history and includes some very immpressive pieces dating back to the late 18th century when the factory was built.There are a couple of original huge...

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  • A Bridge of Iron

    On the way back from looking at the aqueduct in Wales, we made a short detour to Ironbridge to look at the bridge there, which I had read about. My dad and I looked at the bridge from underneath, and my mom went up on top of the bridge to take pictures from there.The area is described as the "Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution" and we did see...

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  • Take a Picture

    Walk around and get pictures of the bridge from all angles. It is a National Historic Landmark. After you've taken pictures from a distance, then go and look at it close up from underneath to appreciate how it might have been constructed.There are no eye witness accounts are known which describe the Iron Bridge being erected, so the method is a bit...

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  • Museum of the Gorge

    We did not get to visit this museum as we got to Ironbridge right about 5 pm. The website says that the secrets of how and why the bridge was built "are revealed in an exhibition housed in the original Tollhouse on the south side of the Bridge."The Iron Bridge itself is a public access monument.The Tollhouse is open 10am - 5pm and is...

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  • Walk Across the River

    This bridge was built with cast iron after a nearby smelter made it an economically feasible material to use. I would not have thought iron was a good material to use in a wet location because of the possibility of rusting, and in fact vehicle traffic is now prohibited on the bridge. But you can walk across to the other side, and there are views up...

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  • Blists Hill Victorian Town

    You are greeted by people dressed in period costumes and the look and feel is very much one of the industrial past.Plenty to see, do and touch and is quite an experience!

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  • View the namesake bridge.

    OK, if you are in Ironbridge you came to see this, and it is impossible to miss. Take time to walk across it to the little museum (free!), and walk beneath the bridge on the walkway to see the intricate ironwork design. It is pretty fascinating to see what this, an initial structure of the Industrial Revolution, is all about.

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  • Jackfield Tile Museum

    This is a fine museum. It's built in the buildings of the old tile factory complex and re-creates a comprehensive of an industry that once was prominent in the area. You can walk through the original trade show room and see the products that were sold all over Britain. Different rooms are set up as if they were a Tube station, offices, residences...

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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 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

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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

  • 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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