A day out at Ironbridge
We spent a day visiting Ironbridge Gorge internationally recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
There are many museums (10) to visit along the gorge and of course a visit to the bridge is a must. We started at Coalbrookdale where the Old Furnace (Abraham Darby’s blast furnace) is located. We had a lovely walk around in a small group with commentary from a volunteer who explained how the site once worked. The Darby houses where the Darby family lived are a short stroll away.
After sitting in the sun and eating our picnic we decided to drive down into Ironbridge itself. Parking can be difficult and I think if we return in summer we will use the Park and Ride.
We had a lovely stroll along the river until we reached the bridge itself. The bridge was built in 1779 and is one of the world’s first cast iron bridges. The Museum of the Gorge is located in the town and also contains a visitor information centre.
Although we didn’t visit them today the other museums include Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum as well as Blists Hill Victorian Town. This really is an area of the world that shaped how we live today.
This year Ironbridge celebrates 30 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a festival and a number of events. Definitely worth another visit!
United Kingdom – Ironbridge Gorge