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Big Boom in Iron Industry

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A February 2006 trip to Ironbridge by Vicho

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge Photo, Shropshire, England More Photos
Quote: The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, location of the world’s first iron bridge, a world Heritage site.

Big Boom in Iron Industry

Overview

Iron bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England
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This is the place where the Industrial Revolution started, the first world iron bridge reminds us of this, and invites us to visit this place.Apart from the Ironbridge, visitors have 10 museums to visit:Blist Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum, Tar Tunnel, Jackfield Tile Museum, Iron bridge & Tollhouse, Museum of The George, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Darby Houses, Broseley Pipeworks, and Enginuity. Whoever you are there will be something for you.Quick Tips: Main Ironbridge website is:www.ironbridge.org.ukThe best way to visit all 10 museums in Iron Bridge is to buy a Passport Ticket. The Passport allows admission to each museum once, and it is valid indefi...Read More

Baileys Wine Bar and Bistro

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Restaurant | "Bailys Wine Bar and Bistro"

Iron Bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England
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In Iron bridge you can change your money back into pounds, shillings, and pence—the currency used before 1972. It is good fun to do but, honestly, my budget was already exceeded by paying entrance to the museum, and I was not willing to pay for my dinner touristy price. I decided to head out of the Ironbridge at B4373 and eat somewhere decent on the way. The first pub was opened, but they did not cook on Sunday at 6pm. In just a few more minutes the town of Bridgnorth was welcoming me. My parking ticket from earlier in the morning while exploring the town was still valid, so I stayed for dinner here. I can highly recommend this place. Cooking is excellent and not overpriced. Duck ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2006

Baileys Wine Bar and Bistro
78 High Street Bridgnorth
Ironbridge, United Kingdom
+44 01746 763445

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge

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Attraction | "Enginuity"

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge Photo, Shropshire, England
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Having only limited time in Ironbridge, I had to make a selection on which museum I should visit. Being a passionate mechanical engineer my number one choice was the Enginuity. This museum is advertised as an interactive design and technology centre that aims to inspire and capture the imagination of everyone intrigued by the secrets of how things around are made and how they work. I was not disappointed at all. The local collection of interactive gadgets, games, and gizmos is incredible. The simplest thing to do is to point the scanner machine to the objects with question marks; the screen will show the object and its history and functionality. You can even test the gained knowledge ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2006

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

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge

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Attraction | "Museum of Iron & Darby Houses"

Ironbridge Gorge Museums/Museum of the Gorge Photo, Shropshire, England
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If you are here with a real interest in the history connected with the construction of the Iron Bridge, then the Museum of Iron should not be missed. This museum shows you the secrets of Abraham Darby, who started smelting iron with cheap and plentiful coke, rather then expensive and inefficient charcoal. On the ground floor you will find the mini replica of furnace—working and also the plastic of how the city looked 250 years ago. The upper floor takes to 1851 Great Exhibition, where the Coalbrookdale Co. showed off its finest work. Queen Victoria visited the Crystal Palace 41 times. How do you know? By sticking your head into one of the holes—you do not know where you are putting it u...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2006

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

Iron Bridge

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Attraction | "See it for free."

Iron Bridge Photo, Ironbridge, England
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Ironbridge is not just a name of a town in Shropshire, but also of an actual bridge made of iron which was cast in the local foundries, and built across the River Severn by a man named Abraham Darby III in 1779. This bridge, being the first iron bridge in the world, was proclaimed the worlds heritage site and it is the main reason for developed tourism in this area. Come here and see the bridge for free. Also wandering around the river Severn, up and down the valley, exploring beautiful Severn George is free and well worth the visit. In Victorian times, all of these areas had foundries, kilns and fires making the area a buzzing, smoke-filled port which was dark and dusky, even on a good...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2006

Iron Bridge
River Severn
Ironbridge, United Kingdom

About the Writer

Vicho

Vicho
Leicester, United Kingdom