Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge - Enginuity

Industrial Revolution

Opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge was the first ever bridge to be made from cast iron – a new material at the time. Today, it’s a World Heritage Site and a great destination to get hands on with history.

Welcome to the heart of the industrial revolution! Well, at least it was if you were hanging up your plough in the 18th century. Head to the Ironbridge Gorge (one of the first World Heritage Sites in Britain) to see the mighty Iron Bridge. Back then, it was the Google (or Facebook) of its time – forward thinking and had never been done before.

Ironbridge - Museum

Lots to see and do

There is so much around the Gorge to get stuck into. Once you’ve crossed that bridge, head over to Darby Houses to see how Quakers lived (open 10am-5pm seven days a week; £3,75 for kids and £5,25 for adults), or put your hard hat on and head deep under ground through the Tar Tunnel (10.30am-4pm seven days a week; £2,50 for kids and £3,25 for adults), or you can put science (and yourself) to the test at Enginuity (open 10am-5pm seven days a week; £7,25 for kids and £8,75 for adults). The Jackfield Tile Museum (open 10am-5pm seven days a week; £5,75 for kids and £8,50 for adults) puts it all on display and is a visual treat (even for those who aren’t ‘museum people’).

Ironbridge - Museum

If you’re thinking of taking in a few of the attractions, it might save you a few pennies by purchasing an Annual Passport Ticket (£27,50 per adult, £16,50 per kid, or £68 for a family of four).

The Gorge is five miles from the centre of Telford and the Sat Nav postcodes for each attraction can be found here, along with information on the shuttle bus and Park & Ride service that operates on the weekends and bank holidays. Or, take cycle route 45 and 55 if you’re going by two (push-bike) wheels.

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