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Located at the charming and quintessential British countryside of Shropshire is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution that changed the world forever.  

Just over half an hour drive from Birmingham, my husband and I went for a day trip to the Ironbridge in Telford, Shropshire. Recognised as one of the World Heritage Sites in the UK in 1986. This is the second time we’ve seen the architectural grandeur of the Ironbridge.

The Ironbridge is known as the first and the oldest cast-iron bridge in the world. 

Day Trip Visiting The Ironbridge in Telford (UK)

Why Is Ironbridge a World Heritage? 

The Ironbridge is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK.  Known for its grandeur beauty and cultural impact to the British history and for the rest of the world.  The famous bridge has later become the name of the town where it is located now.  

Who built the Ironbridge in Telford?

Built and erected in 1779 with the lead effort of the ironmaster Abraham Darby and the architect Thomas Farnoll Pritchard.

Where is the Ironbridge located?

The bridge was built in response to the increasing trading demands within the area of Coalbrookdale. Wherein vessels were used to transport goods back and forth the banks. Making it difficult for the traders most especially during the winter months and bad weather conditions.  

The first of its kind, the proposed iron bridge be the beginning of the Industrial age and revolutionised the world of engineering and architecture forever.  

The planning of the bridge began in 1775 and the work began in 1779. The Ironbridge is made from 384 tonnes of iro, 100 feet span and 3 months non-stop working to build. The bridge cost around £6,000 to built in the 18th century, but the current value would be around £1.5 million.

How old is the Ironbridge?

The Ironbridge is around 240 years old since the year it was erected in 1779. 

Planning your visit to the Ironbridge:

What is there to do in Ironbridge?

In the 1950’s the campaign for the preservation of the Ironbridge was built by the locals that aspired to pass on the phenomenal landmark to the future generations to see. The Ironbridge is a significant historical and cultural treasure of the UK and hailed as part of the National Trust and English Heritage treasures. 

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The Ironbridge Gorge is also a family and dog-friendly place to visit. Various museums can be visited in the day to learn more about the history and significance of the area and the bridge. 

The museums nearby the Ironbridge are Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Iron Gorge museum and Coalbrookdale museum to name a few. You can also visit the little museum at the Toll house on the bridge. 

If you fancy a little walk around the area, you can follow the suggested walk by the National Trust around the Benthall Hall.  You can see the route here around the area.

How to get to Ironbridge:

From Birmingham or London via train:

  • Take the train from Birmingham New Street or London to Telford Central. 
  • Walk to the Telford Central bus station – Stand A (Towards Madeley)
  • Get off at Wyvern 
  • 15 mins walk to the Ironbridge

If you are driving from anywhere in the UK, you can follow the Google Map here that will take you directly to the Ironbridge. 

In terms of parking in Ironbridge, there are ample pay and display parking spaces nearby the Ironbridge high street which is in front of the bridge itself. You can park for an hour for free on the designated car park just a few metres away from the bridge.   

Top Activities near the Iron Bridge in Telford

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