Newest Review: ... and also how things were and still are made. I didn't spend much time in Ironbridge itself. Once you have wondered at the bridge an... more
Member Name: samm65
Date: 09/12/08, updated on 17/12/08 (11 review reads)
Advantages: lots to see and do
Ironbridge is a lovely place to visit. A very pretty town built alongside the River Severn and which played a major role in the industrial revolution. It is because of this that it is also one of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites which aslo ensures that its history and the area will be protected for the future.
This river setting makes it very pleasant for riverside walks and there are plenty of lovely pubs, bars and teashops for food and drinks. The Bird In The Hand pub overlooks the river and is very popular in the summer. The Malthouse is lovely though, overlooking the river again but on the main street, known as The Whafage, food is delicious and the atmosphere is great, we have had lunches and dinners here in the past and all excellent. Truffles is a nice coffee shop just further down the road and we have been here for breakfast and coffees in the past.
The town is obviously famous for its 'Ironbridge' and this makes a gorgeous backdrop for photos aside from the feat of engineering it boasts. You can almost hear the horses plodding down the streets and feel the rich heritage as you stroll around the town as there are so many things still evident today such as the old furnaces and waterways used for channelling water to power huge waterwheels which gave the iron foundaries their energy.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums are fab. There are different types of museums so everyone is catered for, 10 infact!. You can buy individual tickets for any of the museums or combined passes which are valid for a year. These are great value for money especially as there are so many museums covered by them and you cannot possibly do them all in a day. We bought annual passes when there last time but as we need to renew for our next visit we are going to use Tesco vouchers saved up to make them even cheaper to buy.
The Victorian Village is by far our favourite of the museums but we also enjoy Enginuity, Tile Museum and the Tar Tunnel!
Ironbridge also has a good range of places to stay from self catering cottages, bed and breakfast to larger hotels. We usually stay in the Telford area as opposed to staying actually in Ironbridge however and my reviews of those places are listed seperately.
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Summary: great place to visit
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