|At first glance, ever-pleasing Ironbridge looks like a typical Shropshire town with its interesting mix of old and new. But beneath this facade lies a momentous past. This is where the Industrial Revolution went into overdrive, a fact celebrated in a series of brilliant museums which take an in-depth look at the enterprise of some of Britain’s great innovators. Spanning the steep Ironbridge Gorge high over the River Severn is the world’s first cold-cast iron bridge (now a World Heritage Site) weighing a massive 386 tons and cast by the brilliant Abraham Darby lll at his foundry at Coalbrookdale.|
His grandfather had found the secret of smelting iron from ordinary coal, turning this otherwise sleepy town into the cradle of heavy industry. Modern enterprise has gone into the creation of the Enginuity Museum, the Museum of Iron and the Museum of the Gorge (which has a model of the town as it was in 1796).
Step back in time at Blists Hill Open Air Museum and experience the atmosphere and way of life of a working Victorian community. There is also a tunnel of natural bitumen, the tar tunnel, exposed in the late 18th century, as well as the Coalport China Museum which holds the National Collections of Coalport and Choughley china.