Cheap Hotels in Ironbridge
When you stay at Best Western Valley Hotel in Telford, you'll be on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute drive of The International Centre and Telford Shopping Centre. This eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Museum of the Gorge and 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Ironbridge Museum.
Hotels in Ironbridge
A remarkably beautiful place to stay in the heart of Shropshire, Ironbridge Hotels offer access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, including the winding River Severn and the pioneering Iron Bridge itself.
The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
Locals claim that the area surrounding Ironbridge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. This is due to the fact that, in 1709 in the village of Coalbrookedale, Abraham Darby discovered a way to cheaply produce iron with a technique of smelting iron with coke. The technique would be later taken up in cities across the country, pushing Britain into the industrial age. A symbol of this industrial heritage is the famous Iron Bridge from which the area gets its name – built in 1777, the bridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.
While the thought of industrialism might conjure up images of black smoke and churning machines, the area of Ironbridge is anything but polluted. One of the best ways to take in the picturesque countryside of Ironbridge Gorge is by walking along the South Telford Heritage Trail. Around 12 miles in length, the trail takes in 49 different heritage sites, including canals, railways, mines and ironworks. It's a great way to learn about the area's industrial past while enjoying the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
Once you've wandered through the real world historical sites, delve even further into the area's Victorian history with a trip to Blists Hill Victorian Town. Great fun for both kids and adults, this museum features a fully recreated Victorian street with all the sights, sounds and smells of the era. Exchange your money into pounds, shillings and pence, try traditionally cooked fish and chips, dress up Victorian clothes and have fun in the Victorian fairground during the summer months. Also make sure you pay a visit to the Tar Tunnel, an eerie underground tunnel where miners in 1787 came across a spring of natural bitumen.
If you fancy travelling a little further afield, a short drive to the west will take you to Shrewsbury where you'll find a range of historical attractions such as Shrewsbury Cathedral and Shrewsbury Abbey. If you're looking for a modern city full of shops, restaurants and theatres, drive east and within minutes you'll be in Wolverhampton.
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