This town, situated on the banks of the river Severn, has its roots firmly in the era of the industrial revolution. The Ironbridge Gorge dominates the surrounding area and Ironbridge has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The towns of Telford and Wrekin are just a few miles away.
There are no less than nine museums dedicated to the story behind the famous bridge that the town is named after. Designed by Abraham Darby and constructed in 1779, this cast iron structure set the precedent for iron products from Ironbridge to be exported on a global basis.
The Maws Craft Centre, a former factory from the Victorian era, houses around 20 individual studios. Open seven days a week, this treasure-trove features a host of hand-crafted goods, along with various holistic therapists. Amenities include a popular tearoom and there are annual events, such as Glen Miller evenings and Jackfield Brass Band concerts, which take place in the spacious courtyard along with seasonal markets.
Leisure boat rides along the Severn are great for making the most of the scenery. Educational cruises and corporate events, along with special occasion boat trips, are available to arrange through the Ironbridge River Cruises Company.
The annual Coracle Society Ironbridge Regatta is generally held over the August bank holiday weekend and encourages rowing teams from all around the country to participate. Sports enthusiasts should check out Ironbridge Rowing Club, in Telford, along with Telford Ski Centre, while golfers have a choice of Wrekin or Telford Golf Clubs.
Tourism is the main industry in Ironbridge today, with many guesthouses, small hotels and self-catering accommodation being available within the town, as well as in the surrounding Shropshire countryside.