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TelfordUnited Kingdom

Its Iron Age ruins and Victorian vestiges trace an industrial path to the present, in which nature trails, rope courses and zoos lure families to its leafy terrain. 

In the heart of England’s West Midlands mining district lies the modern town of Telford. Commercial streets and leafy parks fill the small town center, while the museums and disused iron factories of the iconic Ironbridge Gorge enclose it. Wander through the central district, before exploring the quaint villages that decorate the Shropshire countryside.

The village’s crowning feature is Telford Town Park, an expansive green space with sports fields, children’s play areas and fun activities. Balance on the aerial ropes course and discover historic ruins on the nature trails.

Bring your kids to the Telford Ice Rink and peruse the stores and restaurants in the Telford Shopping Centre. On sunny afternoons, family adventures take the form of trips to the Exotic Zoo and the Hoo Farm. Investigate regional history at the hilltop Iron Age fort of The Wrekin.

Travel south to the northern bank of the River Severn for the village of Ironbridge, one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution. Cross the 18th-century Iron Bridge that has long been at the heart of Shropshire’s development. Examine local history in the nearby Museum of the Gorge and the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron.

Inspect the mosaic panels of the Jackfield Tile Museum in Jackfield, where the redbrick ruins of the Bedlam Furnaces create an intriguing roadside scene. A little southeast along the river, see Victorian ceramics and bottle-shaped kilns at the riverside Coalport China Museum.

Travel back in time to Blists Hill, a replica of a typical 19th-century village. Tokens are used for purchases in the industrial complexes and traditional cafés and pubs dotted around the three sections representing the countryside, the industrial sector and the town center.

The town sits between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton in the county of Shropshire, near Wales. Travel to the Telford railway station and get around the central district on foot.

With its impressive bridge, museums and scenic park, Telford evolved with the industrial growth of the nation.

Top hotels in Telford

Mercure Telford Centre Hotel
Mercure Telford Centre Hotel
4 out of 5
Forgegate, Telford Centre, Telford, England
The price is £46 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in the heart of Telford, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Telford Ice Rink, Telford Shopping Centre and The International Centre. Telford Town Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)

"Good location, our room and bathroom was lovely and clean. Beds were comfy too. Staff were very helpful and lots of sanitiser in place. Social distancing was well observed. It would have been useful to have had some information in the room about room service, breakfast times, info about the local ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Mercure Telford Centre Hotel
Best Western Valley Hotel
Best Western Valley Hotel
3 out of 5
Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, Telford, England
The price is £51 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ironbridge Gorge and Iron Bridge. Museum of the Gorge and Ironbridge Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (144 reviews)
Interesting, good value, friendly hotel.

"This hotel is good value, with large clean rooms. The staff are friendly and the restaurant was very good. The only small issue we had was the tv reception and the fact that the room was large enough that the tv was too far away for its size."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Best Western Valley Hotel
Buckatree Hall Hotel
Buckatree Hall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The Wrekin, Telford, England
The price is £50 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Telford, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from New Bucks Head Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ironbridge Museum and Ironbridge Gorge. Museum of ...

4/5Very Good! (482 reviews)

"Lovely Countryside location with easy parking. Friendly helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Buckatree Hall Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Telford

Sapphire House Apartments
Sapphire House Apartments
3 out of 5
Sapphire House, Telford, England
The price is £101 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Situated in Telford, this apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Telford Shopping Centre and 1.8 mi (3 km) from The International Centre. Telford Ice Rink ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"The apartment is really nice, clean and modern. I would definitely recommend it."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Sapphire House Apartments
The Haybridge
The Haybridge
3 out of 5
The Haybridge, Haybridge Road, Telford, England

Situated in Telford, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from New Bucks Head Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Telford Shopping Centre and The International ...

The Haybridge
Ironbridge View Townhouse
Ironbridge View Townhouse
5 out of 5
2 Severn Bank, Ironbridge, Telford, England
The price is £120 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Situated in the historical district, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Ironbridge Gorge and Iron Bridge. Museum of the Gorge and Ironbridge Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Anniversary get away

"We loved the accommodation. Even though it was in the middle of the town we were not disturbed by any noise. A lot of thought has gone into the furnishings to make it very comfortable and relaxing, the kitchen was well equiped. We will certainly book to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

Ironbridge View Townhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Telford

Iron Bridge
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Iron Bridge

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Find out about the history of Iron Bridge, one of the top monuments in Ironbridge. Discover the lively bars and fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Blists Hill
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Blists Hill

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Journey back to the Steam Age in this charming Victorian town, its industrial zone and its countryside, without modern contraptions of electricity and cars. 

Telford Town Park
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Telford Town Park

4.5/5(8 reviews)

The Wonderland, mini-golf and high-wire zip lines create a family playground in this vast park. Everyone can enjoy the nature trails and historical relics.

The Wrekin
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The Wrekin

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can take time to visit The Wrekin during your travels to Telford. Discover the top-notch restaurants and fascinating museums in this relaxing area.

Buildwas Abby
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Buildwas Abby

You can learn about the history of Buildwas with a trip to Buildwas Abby. Discover the lively bars and fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Jackfield Tile Museum
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Jackfield Tile Museum

Enter this working Victorian factory and inspect the artistic panels hugging the recreated walls of a pub, a tube station and a church.

Top things to do in Telford

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£25
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham
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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham

£15
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£28
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Telford

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 22.513089005235603%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.12041884816754%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 29.842931937172775%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5235602094240838%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

So much history you need a week to go round

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jan 2020

We come from Shropshire, but live and work a long way away. This visit was to see family at Christmas.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

I didn't really visit Telford as I was with my family a majority of the time

3/5 - Okay

Jay

5 Nov 2019

We were there for business at the international centre. Completely let down by our stay at Buckatree Hall Hotel.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Need a satnav extensively. New shopping area around asda etc a bit of a surprise. Not sure whether it will survive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Oct 2019

We came to visit family so did not really go into town but it is similar to most high street or shopping areas

Cities near Telford

Cosford Royal Air Force Museum showing aircraft and interior views

Shrewsbury

St. Bartholomews Church featuring a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and a cemetery

Shifnal

Blists Hill showing interior views and a bar

Madeley

Photo "Much Wenlock" by David Hancock (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Much Wenlock