Ironbridge Journals

Ironbridge Gorge

A June 2001 trip to Ironbridge by books

Iron Bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England More Photos
Quote: The Industrial Revolution was born here in the Severn River Valley. The museums take you back to the glory days of Britain as she entered the modern era.

Ironbridge Gorge

Overview

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Blists Hill Victorian Town is a wonderful re-creation of life in the 1890s.

Quick Tips:

This is a great day trip from the Llandudno area of northern Wales. It was less than a 2-hour drive. You can pay for each museum individually, but if you are going to visit Blists Hill and 2 of the other museums, you should buy the Passport that includes everything.

Best Way To Get Around:

The only way to get around seemed to be driving.
New Inn Public House Photo, Ironbridge, England
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Grab lunch here when visiting Blists Hill Victorian Town. There is a bar downstairs. Singing and games were going on even at lunch. We ate lunch in the upstairs dining room, which was once the area used by white-collar workers. The food was typically pub. We had cottage pie and Toad-in-the-hole. My cottage pie was very good. The serving was large with many vegetables. My husband wasn't quite as excited about the sausage in his toad-in-the-hole. English sausage is just different from American sausage.

The service was a little slow. One man seemed to be taking care of everything. The surroundings were pleasant. The tables had tablecloths and flowers. It was a non-smoking area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

New Inn Public House
Blists Hill
Ironbridge, United Kingdom

Blists Hill Victorian Town Photo, Ironbridge, England
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This wonderful town is the crown jewel of Ironbridge. You'll wander through a recreated community from the 1890s. Near the entrance is Lloyds Bank. If you would like to really enter the 1890s experience, exchange some of your money for old British money - farthings, halfpennies, etc. There are all sorts of shops - chemist, candy shop, cobbler, dentist, candlemaker, bakery etc. The day we were there the printer was busy printing handbills and quite willing to visit with us. Check at the entrance for the crafts being practiced the day of your visit. Many English schoolchildren were there on a field trip. If they dress in Victorian clothes, they get to participate in many activities. We ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Blists Hill Victorian Town
Coalport Road
Ironbridge, United Kingdom

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge

Attraction | "Museum of the Gorge"

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The museum is housed in an old warehouse along the river. There is an introductory movie, so this should be your first stop in Ironbridge. There are a number of buttons to punch and screens to touch that the kids enjoy. We "big kids" didn't get to do much of this as we happened to arrive at the same time as a class of British schoolchildren. Buy your guidebook for Blists Hill and your passport here. There are nice restrooms.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge
The Wharfage, Ironbridge
Telford, Shropshire TF8 7AW
+44 (1952) 432-166

Iron Bridge

Attraction | "Severn River"

Iron Bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England
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Leave your car at the Museum of the Gorge to walk through town with its brick streets. (Parking is limited.) The town is just a few blocks with shops ranging from a bakery to souvenirs. The paved walkway is above the river with a rock wall. The river is tree-lined and very peaceful with fishermen on tiny little "piers" jutting into the river. It's only a few blocks to the bridge. If you keep going you will find Dales End Park with a picnic area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Iron Bridge
River Severn
Ironbridge, United Kingdom

Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel

Attraction | "Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron"

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The museum explains very well the original iron-smelting process. Abraham Darby's blast furnace is on the grounds. My dad, a retired supervisor of an oil refinery, understood a lot more of this than I did. I enjoyed looking at all the things that have been made of iron--unbelievable. There is a gift shop where you can purchase iron souvenirs. Up the hill is Rosehill House where Darby lived in the 18th century.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

Coalport China Museum and Tar Tunnel
Coalport
Ironbridge, United Kingdom

Iron Bridge

Attraction

Iron Bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England
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The bridge was built in 1779--the first ever iron bridge. With no experience, the builders constructed it in the same manner as a wooden bridge. Thus it was extremely sturdy! Walk across it for free!! On the other side is the toll booth which now serves as a museum and gift shop. The fee schedule is posted. I was amused to notice that British citizens may have felt some of our American revolutionary spirit as all were to pay the toll--even royalty! Climb the narrow stairs in the toll booth for a good view.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Iron Bridge
River Severn
Ironbridge, United Kingdom