12 Best Places to Visit in Shropshire (England)

3. Ironbridge

Ironbridge

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Ironbridge

This village is named for the original “Iron Bridge”, a 30-metre cast iron structure crossing the River Severn and breaking the mould when it was completed in 1779. The wider Ironbridge Gorge area is often labelled the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”, and is a dreamland for scientists, historians or anybody fascinated by the technological advances made in the 18th and 19th centuries.

And you can really indulge that interest because there are 35 historic sites and ten museums to uncover.

What’s cool is that they all deal with a different trade or aspect of engineering, so there’s museum of iron, one devoted to china and one, the Broseley Pipeworks, where nearly all of the UK’s tobacco pipes were manufactured in Victorian times.

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