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IRONBRIDGE is a settlement on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Ironbridge developed beside, and takes its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 30-metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge that was built across the river in 1779. In 1986, though, Ironbridge became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (which covers the wider Ironbridge Gorge area) and has become a major tourist attraction within Shropshire.

Most industries in Ironbridge are now tourist-related; however, the Merrythought teddy bear company (established in 1930) is still manufacturing in Ironbridge and has a small museum there too. An annual Coracle Regatta is held in August on the River Severn at Ironbridge, along with many other events throughout the year.

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Visit the Ironbridge Gorge with its host of historical attractions and museums

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Map of the Ironbridge Gorge museums

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Blists Hill Museum

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town.


Test your reactions against the speed of a robot, generate power from water or pull a locomotive by hand.

Coalport China Museum

Displays and demonstrations bring the history and techniques of china making to life at the once famous Coalport China Factory.

Jackfield Tile Museum

See, touch and walk upon magnificent British tiles as you wander through the original trade showroom, fascinating galleries and period room settings.

Coalbrookdale Museum Of Iron

Step inside the mighty Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and discover the revolutionary techniques that made Coalbrookdale the most famous ironworks in the world.
Museum Of The Gorge

Museum Of The Gorge

Discover more about the many and varied industries of the Ironbridge Gorge and the crucial linking role that transport played in supplying raw materials, as well as moving the finished goods.
Darby Houses

Darby Houses

Step inside the former homes of the Darby family and experience the everyday life of Coalbrookdale’s Quaker ironmasters.
Tar Tunnel

Tar Tunnel

Put on your hard hat and venture underground into the eerie brick-lined tar tunnel. Treacle-like black bitumen is still oozing through the walls and welling up in puddles.
Ironbridge Toll

The Ironbridge And Toll House

Step onto the Iron Bridge and follow in the footsteps of millions of tourists who, since 1779, have journeyed to marvel at the world’s first cast-iron bridge.
Broseley Pipeworks

Broseley Pipeworks

Discover this abandoned factory which was once home to one of the most prolific clay tobacco pipe makers in Britain, exporting all over the world.

Public Transport

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How to get to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums 2018/2019

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