Situated in the heart of beautiful Shropshire, Ironbridge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Today, there are some 10 separate museums scattered near Ironbridge dedicated to telling the story of how one of England's most naturally stunning counties became the home of some of the most historically significant developments in previous centuries. The Ironbridge area is also blessed with a wealth of exquisite hotels, making it a great place to visit.
Ironbridge marks the spiritual centre to Shropshire's industrial heritage. From here, visitors can explore the rich variety of historical sites. Of course, there's also the meandering River Severn, dramatic, volcanic landscapes and endless rolling hills to keep visitors to Shropshire entertained.
The Iron Bridge Museum
No tour of Ironbridge and the surrounding museums would be complete without seeing the bridge that started it all! At the Ironbridge Museum, visitors can learn about how engineers and architects worked to create the world's very first cast iron bridge, thus enabling precious resources to travel across the River Severn. Closed to vehicles since 1781, the Grade 1 listed bridge is still open to pedestrians.
Other Nearby Museums
The Iron Bridge is just one part of a large museum network running across the county of Shropshire and the Severn Valley. Other highlights in the region include the Coalport China Museum in nearby Coalport and the Blists Hill Victorian Museum, which is a particularly great venue for imaginative young kids! Be sure to book a hotel with parking nearby to make accessing all of Shropshire's attractions as easy as possible.
Places to Stay in Shropshire
With so much to see and do around the county, any one of the towns and villages makes a great outpost from which to explore. Of course, the historic market town of Shrewsbury is a popular choice, with exceptional medieval architecture and a glut of shops and restaurants open all year round.
More peaceful options for cheap hotels in Shropshire include the small village of Much Wenlock, picturesque Ludlow (which lies near the Welsh border) and Church Stretton. No matter where you choose to stay, you can be sure to find a rich selection of exquisitely presented hotels, packed with any number of facilities.