Places To Visit
Below are just a few great attractions that you may wish to visit.
Please contact us if you would like more information.
At Ironbridge you will find the following 10 museums: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Enginuity, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Darby houses, Jackfield tile museum, Coalport China museum, Museum of the Gorge, The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse, Broseley Pipeworks and the Tar Tunnel.
The museums chart the progress into the Industrial revolution, where visitors can see and in some cases experience what life was like in these changing times. There is a lot of information about the Iron making industry which the town is named after.
For example you can step back in time to Victorian life at Blists Hill where costumed staff bring the town to life. Enginuity is an interactive design and technology centre where you can explore and play to discover how everyday objects work. A must for kids with imagination. Coalbrookdale charts the success of Abraham Darby who perfected the Iron making process and put Ironbridge on the map.
Weston Park was designed and built by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham in 1671 and was home to the Earls of Bradford from the 17th Century onwards.
One of the classic stately homes in England, Weston Park sits in 1000 acres of beautiful countryside.
Inside the house you will find an amazing collection of fine art, tapestries, porcelain and objet d'art, displayed in richly decorated interiors. The Victorian library holds over 3000 books, the front hall is dedicated to the 3rd Earls love of horses and the dining room has an impressive collection of paintings by various artists including Anthony Van Dyck.
The gardens are equally impressive with a variety of gardens to explore. Capability Brown added his unique style to the gardens in the 18th century but other areas of interest include a Broderie Italian garden, Victorian Orangery and formal terraces.
Beyond the formal gardens, there is a Teardrop Garden, Rose Walk, Medieval Deer Park and Temple Wood.
For kids there is a miniature railway, woodland adventure playground, Yew Hedge Maze and courtyard games as well as the hundreds of acres of gardens to run about. There is also a cafe, restaurant, coffee bar and gift shop.
Cosford Aerospace Museum
The Royal air force museum is split between two sites in Cosford and in London. The following information is about the Cosford museum in Staffordshire.
There are approximately 60 planes in four collections and each has its own dedicated hangar.
The Cold War exhibit looks at the threat to World peace and security and has a display of 3 nuclear bombers. In the Transport and Training collection you will see aircraft from the RAF and commercial transportation.
The Warplanes collection has examples from Britain, Germany, America, Japan and Argentina, including rare Japanese and German machines, Messerschmitt Me 410, Pucara, Ki-46 'Dinah'.
Finally, the Research and Development collection has unique aircraft plus a Fun 'n' Flight area for kids where they can use 20 hands on experiments to learn about how an aeroplane flies.
There is also an exhibition, History of the Royal Air Force, which looks at significant socio, economic and historical events through the context of aviation.
This gallery offers a timeline of that history, presented in the context of world aviation and significant socio/economic and historical events.
The spectacular ruins of Wenlock Priory are the remains of a 12th century church that belonged to the Cluniac monastry, refounded in 1079 and 1082, on the site of an earlier 7th century foundation, by Roger de Montgomery.
It is thought to be the final resting place of St Milburga, whose bones were discovered during restoration work in 1101.
Merewalh, King of the Magonsaete founded the original Anglo-Saxon monastry here in AD680 and Merewalh's daughter quickly became its abbess. She was later canonised. After her death in AD727 little is historically known of the monastry until the Norman Conquest.
The priory at Much Wenlock wasn't inhabited by monks until after the Norman conquest. Following the reformation of the monastry, in the early fourteenth century, the priory church was lavishly and completely rebuilt.
Considerable remains are left of the 350ft long church, including the north and south trancept and the naive. Following the dissolution in 1540, several buildings, including the late 15th century Priors House were converted into a private residence and so are not accessible. It remains inhabited to this day, however the fine architecture can still be seen and incorporates Norman and 15th century work. This gives us a clue of how grand the original priory church would have been.
Today, Wenlock Priory is the perfect place to sit on a warm, mid-summers day and relax. The delightful grounds has a well groomed collection of topiary.
Enginuity Science Centre
Enginuity is the tenth in the series of Ironbridge Gorge Museums and opened in 2002 to acclaim and cries of amazement. Enginuity is a design and technology centre that lets you and your family become apprentice engineers for a while.
The museum is split into four 'zones' - Materials, Energy, Design, and Systems & Controls where you can find out how everyday objects work by looking inside them. You'll use the latest technology to move a simulated x-ray machine over objects such as an electric guitar, a mobile phone and a teddy bear.
You'll experiment with gadgets and gizmos used to design things we see and use everyday. This is your opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream and pull a real 5-ton locomotive. You can even control the flow of water to generate electricity or flood the surrounding villages and you pitch your wits against the speed and accuracy of a robotic arm.
The museum also holds an array of weird and wonderful activities throughout the year. Previous events have included puppet designing and constructing and launching rocket-propelled witches!
At Enginuity you will discover a wealth of innovative ideas, activities and exhibitions to amuse and challenge all visitors who are young-at-heart.
Telford Steam Railway
Telford Steam Railway is based at "Horsehay and Dawley" station and goods yard in Telford, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Originally on the Great Western branchline from Wellington to Craven Arms via Ironbridge.
The site at Horsehay has a longer history, being at the site of one of the Coalbrookdale Companies first blast furnaces. A narrow gauge tramway served the surrounding ironworks and mines, originally wooden railed, but replaced by some of the first iron ones in the world. The furnaces gave way to steel works and eventually becoming a crane manufacturer who utilised rail transport until the early eighties.
The goods yard at Horsehay and Dawley was acquired in 1983 and along with the goods transhipment shed dating from 1860, is now the operating base of Telford Steam Railway. Since then much has happened, regular trains operate on all Sundays from Easter to the end of September along the original line as far as Heath Hill Tunnel. This line is being extended in both directions to eventually return to the Ironbridge Gorge.
Our season now includes many enthusiast and family "special events", such as Teddy Bears picnics and Transport Galas. We operate a unique narrow gauge steam tram, built for Telford Town Park, but now based at Horsehay, giving rides around the edge of Horsehay Pool.
We also exhibit an extensive model railway display and the affiliated Phoenix Model Engineers operate a 5-inch gauge miniature railway. Our souvenir shop has much to offer including Thomas toys, books and items to interest older railway enthusiasts!
Thomas the Tank Engine also visits us during the summer and on the last three weekends before Christmas, when he takes you to Santaland to see Santa.
The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad was originally founded in 1135 by Roger De Clinton, Bishop of Coventry (1129 - 48) as a Savignac monastery and was inhabited by a small community of about 6 - 12 monks from Furness who made their income by charging tolls to passing travellers on the bridge over the River Severn.
The abbey's location near the border of Wales meant it had a turbulent history. Welsh Princes and their followers would raid the abbey and on one occasion in 1406 raiders from Powys even kidnapped the abbot. Unfortunate perhaps, but not as unfortunate as an incident in 1342, when one of the Buildwas monks, Thomas Tong, murdered his abbot, managing to evade arrest and then audaciously petitioned for re-instatement into the Cistercian order.
The abbey was finally closed in 1536 by the order of Henry the Eighth during the dissolution of the monasteries, when the estate was granted to Lord Powys.
The abbots house and infirmary were later incorporated into the building of a private house, although the remaining buildings are now in the care of English Heritage and are open to the public, who can view the church which remains largely complete and unaltered since its original construction, although it is now without its roof.
The Church remains rank among some of the best preserved 12th century examples of a Cistercian church in Britain and a row of original Norman columns still remain, as imposing today as they would have looked during the middle ages.
After the successful opening of the new multi-million pound development and the launch of the new venue, The Place, a new era begins for Oakengates. Combining arts, learning and entertainment with a range of facilities. The Place also includes a performing arts space, IT learning suite, library and gallery bar.
The programme of entertainment includes an exciting range of entertainment including live music tribute shows such as The Ultimate Sixties, Both Sides of Phil Collins, Swing with Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Best of the U.S and the Thank You for the Music Show. reuniting Abba with the Bee Gees.
No Winter season would be complete without a generous helping of a good old-fashioned family pantomime, which is held every year.
David Austin Roses
David Austin has created what many consider to be one of the most beautiful, fragrant rose gardens in the world.
Explore the 5 individually themed gardens, which are home to over 700 different rose varieties, including the National Collection of English Roses.
The Plant Centre and Gardens at David Austin Roses are accessible to wheelchair users.
Our aim is to provide canoe and kayak training to individuals, families and small groups.
Our regular area of operation is on the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire. This not only provides paddlers with an area of historic and scenic beauty, but also the possibility of excitement on the Jackfield Rapid. Jackfield is a friendly Grade II rapid that provides the perfect introduction to white water paddling.
For the more adventurous or progressing paddler we provide the opportunity for extended trips on nearby Welsh rivers. For less adventurous or more wildlife orientated paddlers we can run trips along local canals that are becoming tranquil corridors for wildlife and nature lovers.
Maws Craft Centre
Maws Craft Centre is located in the former factory buildings of Maws & Company which is situated in the heart of the picturesque Ironbridge Gorge.
In the late 19th Century Maw & Co was the largest tile manufacturer in the world, producing over 20 million items a year at the height of the tile boom. The company's five acres site is internationally famous for it's decorative wall and floor tiles.
The refurbished factory building is now home to Maws Craft Centre and comprises of residential units and 20 individual workshops housing a wide variety of art, craft and design specialists.
The businesses range from more traditional crafts such as furniture making, antiques restoration and French polishing, glass, jewellery, pottery, metal work, flower arranging, greeting cards, upholstery and soft furnishings, photography to new technology businesses including website design and IT.
Several artists work at the Centre including a sculptor and an illustrator.
There is also a bridal studio, a picture framing workshop, two marketing agencies, a shop selling puppets and magic products, a maker of wigs for the theatre and opera, a recording studio, a workshop for disabled students, a business selling model railways and dolls houses and a tea room.
Attingham Park was the ancestral home of the Berwick family for over 160 years. Each generation has left its unique mark on the house which vividly recalls the England of Jane Austen.
This huge mansion is set in a magnificent deer park, artfully landscaped by the great Humphrey Repton.
Visit the newly restored icehouse and greenhouses and see restoration in action as work continues on the Nash Staircase and Lady Berwick's sitting room.
The collections include ambassadorial silver, Italian furniture and Grand Tour paintings collected by the 3rd Lord Berwick.
Lively and engaging costumed guides bring Attingham's colourful history to life including the story of the most corrupt election in the history of politics.
The house offers a fascinating insight in to life above and below stairs and visitors are fascinated by the kitchens, tenants parlour and servants hall.
Visitors can enjoy a number of woodland walks along the river Tern and through the Deer Park, taking in the picturesque views of the Wrekin and Shropshire Hills.
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