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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.
Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford in Shropshire. Take junction 4 from the M54, and follow the brown and white traffic signs.
Telford Central rail station (08457 484950) is 5 miles (8km) north of Blists Hill Victorian Town.
- Telford Travelink (01952 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(01952 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.
- The worlds first Iron Bridge - there is a small visitors centre on one side.
- Blists Hill Museum - a living guide to the Industrial Revolution which started in this town.
- Engineuity- an interactive science & engineering museum aimed at children.
- The Greenwood Trust - a forest management and conversation centre to the west of Ironbridge.
- Buildwas Abbey - 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.
- Ironbridge Gorge Museums  (which includes Blists Hill and Engineuity as well Jackfield Tile Museum, Museum of Iron, Museum of the River and others)
A passport is available which allows entry to all the museums, which has traditionally been very good value for money if you intend to visit a number of them.
- Blists Hill Victorian Town, TF7 5UD, ☎ +441952433424. 10:00-16:00. Full of things to do and actors dressed in period clothing, this is a great experience for families who want to see what the area was like during the industrial revolution. edit
Various expensive pubs and nondescript curry houses / Italian restaurants. Also a good Thai place next to the bridge.
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.
- Swallow Buckatree Hall Hotel, ☎ 01952 641821 ([email protected]), . edit
- The Calcutts House, Calcutts Road, Jackfield, ☎ 01952 882631, . Well-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. £40-70. edit
The Valley Hotel, a 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 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.
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