Travelling around Ironbridge
Found right in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Ironbridge is a place that’s literally surrounded by history. Sitting on the River Severn, the area developed next to its 30-metre long namesake that opened in 1781.
Although relatively small, the area has excellent access to public transport. Those using an Arriva bus service will be able to come and go as they please. Routes take you out of the town towards places such as Wolverhampton, Telford, Bridgnorth and more.
Erected in 1781, the bridge that lends its name to the area was the world’s first major bridge to be made from cast iron. A Grade I listed building, it was restored in 2018 and is a waypoint on the South Telford Heritage Trail.
It’s not all about the bridge though. The area itself is often considered to be the ‘birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’, as the technique that helped to produce the cheaper production of iron was perfected here by Abraham Darby.