Ironbridge Gorge

Interesting
The densely-wooded, mineral-rich Severn Gorge was the "birthplace of the Industrial Revolution". In 1709, Abraham Darby (1677-1717) was the first to use coke for smelting iron, replacing traditional charcoal. His experiments rapidly revolutionised the iron industry making the construction of buildings such as the Iron Bridge possible. A number of sites along the gorge now form an important industrial museum providing an insight into the industry (Museum of Iron) and life in the gorge (Blists Hill Open Air Museum, Colport China Museum).

Useful information

Opening hours

end Mar-early Nov: 10am-5pm; rest of year: 10am-4pm or 5pm depending on sites

Nearby tourist attractions

Museum of the Gorge
Museum of the Gorge
A deck and warehouse dating back to the
90 minutes
Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge
A bridge was needed over the Severn in
60 minutes
Museum of Iron
Museum of Iron
The history of iron making and the
120 minutes
Darby Furnace
Darby Furnace
In this blast furnace in 1709, Abraham
60 minutes
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Blists Hill Victorian Town
The 20 ha of the open-air museum at
120 minutes
Coalport China Museum
Coalport China Museum
Porcelain was made at Coalport from 1799
120 minutes
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