I’m doing the A to Z Challenge in April, using the theme of the UK & Ireland. Today I want to talk about Ironbridge, a site that I very much want to visit in England, but may never make it to because I’m not driving on the left.
The town of Ironbridge takes its name from the Iron Bridge. When it was opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge was the first major bridge in the world to be built with cast iron and it became a symbol and inspiration for what could be accomplished in the Industrial Age.
The Iron Bridge along with the surrounding area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoring its importance to the history of industrialization in the UK and around the world.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums tell the story through ten sites on and around the bridge. I’m most interested in the history museums — the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and the Museum of the Gorge. The Blists Hill Victorian Town looks like it’s meant to appeal to families, but the blast furnaces are there, so it would likely be worth a visit, too.
The problem is that the closest train station is six miles away in Telford. That seemed like an insurmountable problem when we visited in 2014. I actually looked into hiring a car and driver for the day in Birmingham to get us there and back, but the cost was outrageous.
Now, though, I’m thinking that we’d just get a taxi in Telford and ask any employee to call us a taxi from the last site we visit. We’d probably want to go on the weekend to take advantage of a bus service between the ten sites of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. This all seems much less intimidating to me now than it did in 2014. This would be a terrific day trip from Birmingham, so I’m putting it back on the wish list!