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.
Previously called the Severn Gorge, the Ironbridge Gorge is a wondrous place for visitors to explore. It was formed by a glacial overflow from the long drained away Lake Lapworth at the end of the last ice age and offers up deposits, such as fireclay, limestone, iron ore and coal. It is now cared for by a number of trusts, which engage locals in activities like scrub removal, deer fencing and woodland management in order to retain the area’s natural beauty.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust runs 10 museums within the Gorge, with a vast array of attractions, such as the Coalport China Museum, Victorian Town and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, where you’ll be able to learn everything about this fascinating part of the UK.
The town itself embodies the quaint charm of Shropshire. It’s well worth a stroll around, as you’ll love the wonderful houses that line the streets. Some parts even look untouched by the modern world.