When visiting Ironbridge, follow this weekend itinerary to ensure you make the most of your time and guarantee a fantastic weekend break seeing the best that Ironbridge has to offer.
Ironbridge is situated on the River Severn in Shropshire, and is a World Heritage Site, home to the world’s first iron bridge built in 1779. It was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron with the first tolls taken on New Years Day 1781. During this time the Severn Gorge had been transformed with the hive of industry, iron foundries, kilns and fires making the area a buzzing, smoke-filled port which was dark and dusky, even on a clear day. Today, Ironbridge is the perfect town to escape to for a relaxing UK weekend break, full of beautiful walks and unique and quirky independent shops. There are also plenty of museums if you are interested in finding out more about the history of the area.
IRONBRIDGE VIEW TOWNHOUSE
When visiting Ironbridge I was lucky enough to stay in the beautiful Ironbridge View Townhouse, and what an absolute gem this place turned out to be! I had read so many fantastic reviews before my stay, the townhouse is featured in ‘The Sunday Times’ and recommended by ‘Country Walking Magazine’ so, I understandably had pretty high expectations, which I am happy to say were definitely met. Ironbridge View Townhouse provided plenty of info on where to park, how to use the parking permit and the key arrangements which made arrival an absolute breeze. On arrival the house was absolutely spotless with so many lovely personal touches to include plenty of local info and leaflets of things to do, Tea and biscuits, board games, books and plenty of toiletries, everything you need for a comfortable stay. The Townhouse is gorgeous, beautifully furnished, perfectly maintained and so cosy, it instantly felt like home. Unfortunately the weather was terrible during my stay which was a great excuse to spend more time in the house! It really did make for the perfect romantic retreat, with plenty of red wine and home cooked food… heaven! I wish I could have stayed longer!
The townhouse is situated right in the centre of the town, It couldn’t be in a better location! You have a lovely view of the river and all the independent shops and quaint tearooms are right on your doorstep. There is also a Co-op situated conveniently a little further down the road to stock up on supplies.
Ironbridge View Townhouse Interior photos A few images to show the townhouse interior, finished to perfection and glistening!
VISITING IRONBRIDGE A WEEKEND ITINERARY
When visiting Ironbridge, follow this weekend itinerary to ensure you make the most of your time and guarantee a fantastic UK weekend break seeing the best that Ironbridge has to offer.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL MORNING
If your anything like me, the first thing you will want to do when you arrive in Ironbridge will be to check out the town, and its cute little shops and walks along the river. I would recommend arriving at Ironbridge early enough to make the most of your day. You can park for free along Dale Road (TF8 7DT) and walk into the centre of the town, which only takes around 5/10 minutes. Spend the morning and early afternoon exploring the towns shops, tearooms, pubs, museums and river.
If you have good weather, why not sit outside and enjoy your surroundings, there are plenty of benches along the river to enjoy the views over lunch.
Head to Ironbridge View Townhouse (check with host that it’s all ready!) Settle in and grab a quick cuppa before heading out again.
Check out this great walking route. The starting point is: Woodbridge Inn in Coalport TF8 7JF. Join the footpath, ‘The Severn Valley Way’ signed to Ironbridge. The path follows the corridor of the former railway, follow the river until you reach the Ironbridge which is your half way point to turn around and return on the opposite side of the river. You can find the full route here on Alltrails.
Staying in or going out? If your staying in why not stock up on supplies from the shop to have the ultimate cosy night in? Red wine, dinner and snacks, cant beat it! Put on a great film or why not play some board games! If your heading out, there are plenty of local restaurants which offer a really personal dining experience, a far cry from the larger chain restaurants we are all use to!
DAY 2 MORNING
After breakfast head out for a morning walk to Blists Hill Victorian Town, an open-air museum built on a former industrial complex. This is such a must see, so much more interested and visual than your normal museum, its pretty spinny stepping back in time! From the Townhouse turn left onto the high street and pass the bridge on your right, follow the road out of the village, veering right when you see the roundabout. Follow Waterloo Street passing Ye Olde Robin Hood Inn and taking the next signposted walking route on your right. This will lead you through woodland, follow signs to Blists Hill Victorian Village.
BLISTS HILL VICTORIAN TOWN
The opening hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, you can easily spend a good hour or so exploring the town as there is plenty to see. Here you can meet some (almost) real Victorians in their authentic shops and cottages, buy goods from a bygone era and watch tradespeople in action in their atmospheric workshops and factories.
Unfortunately it chucked it down on my visit so my pictures are a little gloomy! After exploring Blists Hill head back to Ironbridge for some lunch.
Weather dependant! In the afternoon why not explore the River Severn by canoe/kayak. Check out Shropshire Raft Tours for great rates and all the information you need for an adventure on the river! Alternatively you could head out for a bike ride, check out the link for Iron Bridge cycle hire.
If you have time on the final day of your stay, why not explore a little further a field?
THE WREKIN, SHROPSHIRE
Situated a 6 mile drive from Ironbridge The Wrekin is a hill in east Shropshire and offers fantastic walking routes with beautiful views. On a clear day, you can see 17 counties from the Wrekin’s 407m (1,335ft) summit!
Buildwas Abbey – 1.9 Miles from Ironbridge Wenlock Priory – 3.6 Miles from Ironbridge Wroxeter Roman City – 7.5 Miles from Ironbridge.
Will you be visiting Ironbridge? I would love to see your photos and hear all about your stay!