Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge, Shropshire

Go to Ironbridge Gorge which created the spark that started the Industrial Revolution.

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Whilst Britain's first iron-making centre may be a peaceful place today, Ironbridge Gorge used to be filled with smoke, fire and blast furnaces from which the sounds and smells of early industry arose, bearing the world’s first iron bridge, as well as it’s first iron rails, wheels, boats, the first steam locomotive. Other industries were also first developed in Ironbridge, ranging from decorative ceramic tile making, hand-painted porcelain and clay pipes.

Now a World Heritage Site, ten interactive, hands on museums form the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and tell the story of the Gorge’s place in industrial history. Step back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town and come face to face with its townsfolk, visit the Coalport China Museum and Jackfield Tile Museum amongst others, and of course marvel at the world's first cast iron bridge, which spans the Severn Gorge.

Awards for Excellence 2015: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - GOLD WINNER

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