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- Ironbridge Gorge
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Industrial Revolution
- Northern Europe
- 1700AD - 1799AD
about Ironbridge Gorge
Ironbridge Gorge played a vital role in sparking the industrial revolution in the 18th century and remains a powerful symbol of this period. Spanning an area of some 5.5 square kilometres, it is often cited as the birthplace of industry and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986.
Amongst its contributions to the development of industry, Ironbridge Gorge was the place where coke iron was discovered in the blast furnace of Coalbrookdale in 1709. The name Ironbridge Gorge also refers to an important landmark, the World’s first iron bridge, built there in 1779.
Today, visitors to Ironbridge Gorge can really immerse themselves in this fascinating period of history. Not only can they see the bridge itself, but also a variety of other sites including homes, factories, mines, warehouses, foundries and the infrastructure of the 18th century Ironbridge Gorge.
There are ten Ironbridge Gorge museums, each telling a different aspect of the area’s story. From exploring the world of a Victorian town at Blists Hill and the Coalport China Museum to the Jackfield Tile Museum and the Tar tunnel, there’s lots to see.
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Address: Telford, Shropshire
Phone: +44 (0)1952 433424
Located 8km south of Telford town centre in Shropshire, approx 50km no
Visitor Centre open 9am-5pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends. In summer (generally April-Nov) museums open daily 10am-5pm, Tar Tunnel open 10.30am-4pm, Broseley Pipeworks and The Tollhouse differ - see official site. Open 10am-6pm on Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays. In winter (generally Nov-March) museums open 10am-5pm (Blists Hill closes 4pm, Tar Tunnel, Darby Houses and Broseley Pipeworks closed in winter). Passport ticket to all 10 museums costs £22.50 adults, £18.25 age 60 plus, £14.75 ages 5-18, £61.50 families. Or there are different individual site fees.
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