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Hotels in Telford

Taking its name from Thomas Telford, who was one of Britain's most distinguished and influential civil engineers, Telford is a modern Shropshire town that is at the heart of what was once a booming industrial district. Indeed, the Telford and Wrekin civil parish includes the world-famous Iron Bridge, which is surrounded by the dramatic Ironbridge Gorge and is the world's oldest iron bridge, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

The bridge

Designed in the 1770s, the Grade I listed Iron Bridge was built over the River Severn, which, at 220 miles in length, is the longest river in Britain. The bridge, which has often been considered one of the 'Seven Man-Made Wonders of Britain', was designed by the eminent architect Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, born in nearby Shrewsbury, and built by Abraham Darby III, who was born in nearby Coalbrookdale. The bridge is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and benefited from a comprehensive restoration in the 1970s.

The Blists Hill Victorian Town

Maintained by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, the reconstructed Blists Hill Victorian Town is a fascinating open-air exhibition where you can learn more about the life of a typical Victorian Shropshire community in the Victorian era and the early-20th century. The museum, which is in Telford's Madeley district, opened in the 1970s and also showcases the industrial heritage of the area and the history of local coal production.

Where to eat out in Telford

For some delicious English dishes, choose The Grove at Walcot, the Clays of Broseley or The Plough Inn, or consider The King and Thai for some tasty Thai dishes. The Spiceland Restaurant, meanwhile specialises in vibrant Indian cuisine, while the Zengh Fine Indian Dining restaurant also provides plenty of other inspiring Indian and Bangladeshi-themed recipes.

Accommodation in the town

There are plenty of stylish, affordable Telford hotels, some of the most popular of which include the Carriages - Cocktail Bar, Restaurant & Rooms in Wellington, the Premier Inn Telford (International Centre), and the Ramada Hotel Telford/Ironbridge. Another reputed hotel is the delightful country themed Hadley Park House Hotel, while the Shakespeare Inn is another cosy venue in a beautifully preserved 19th-century building.

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