IRONBRIDGE: OUR TOP PICKS

Are you thinking of visiting Ironbridge? It’s Shropshire’s very own World Heritage Site with ten family friendly museums, stunning industrial architecture and archaeology, and full to the brim with places to eat and drink. Make sure you get the most from your visit with our handy guide to the best of what the Ironbridge Gorge has to offer.  

WHAT TO SEE AND DO 

mawsMaws Craft Centre

Maws Craft Centre holds a special place in our hearts as a unique art, craft and design hub set within the Gorge and 
just down the road from Ironbridge in Jackfield. It houses over 35 creative businesses in a beautifully converted 
Victorian factory building, ranging from photographers and screen printers, to organic skincare specialists and artisan jewellers. And not forgetting their brand new café, The Tile Press, a great new place to eat, drink and relax based based in the very spot where the world famous Jackfield tiles were pressed by Maw and Co. 

To find out more click here. 

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Blists hill
There are 10 different museums showcasing the history of the industrial revolution just waiting to be discovered. And with the Ironbridge Museums Annual Passport, you can visit all 10 museums an unlimited number of times for a year… so if your kids loved Blists Hill, you can take them back as often as they want! (A family ticket for 2 adults and their children costs 
£66.50 for a year if you purchase online) 
Our Top 3 museums:
- Jackfield Tile Museum 
- Enginuity 
Blists Hill

To find out more about the Passports and all 10 museums click here. 


WHERE TO STAY 
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River Cottages (Ironbridge Cottages)

Marc and Joanne are the team behind these two beautifully restored, 17th Century Cottages in Ironbridge - just a stone’s throw away from the River Severn and within walking distance of The Iron Bridge itself, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Ironbridge like a local; a home away from home whilst discovering this unique town.  

For more information and to book your stay, click here. 



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 YHA Coalport

 The YHA is unique family friendly accommodation in the heart of Coalport, housed in one of the original factory buildings of the Coalport China Works and opposite the Coalport China Museum where you can view a world renowned collection created in this very spot. It is just a 6 minute drive to the centre of Ironbridge, or you can walk or cycle along one of the old railway line routes leading to The Iron Bridge itself. There are options to book a room for yourself with an ensuite, share the experience in a group room with fellow visitors or even hire the whole place if you are visiting with a large group of friends and family.  

To find out more click here. 



WHERE TO EAT
green wood cafe

The Green Wood Cafe
The BFS Team have too much love for the The Green Wood Cafe - we are all regular visitors and could not shout about it more. If great food and even better coffee is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed. The café is set in a beautiful location at the Green Wood Centre, with workshops and walks right on the doorstep. The menu includes lots of vegetarian and vegan options, and aims to use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. Our personal favourite from the menu is  ‘The Halloumi One’ - a halloumi, grilled peppers, humous spread and green leaf grilled sandwich (on Onion bread please!), washed down with an oat milk iced mocha. Deeeelicious! They also host regular street food nights and monthly late night openings with board games, crafts and live music. 

To find out more click here. 


white hart ironrbidge The White Hart
The closest to fine dining you will get in Ironbridge, without the fine price tag. The White Hart is one of our favorite spots for a delicious Sunday Roast, tucked inside the cosy interior throughout winter, or sat outside on the terrace during the summer months. A definite must if you are visiting Ironbridge on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. 

To find out more click here





WHERE TO DRINK 

coracle
The Coracle Micropub and Beer Shop
The newly opened Coracle Micropub is every real ale and beer lover’s dream, with a great selection on keg, cask and in the fridge. Small in the size, the intimate setting is what makes this new and exciting venue extra special, with plenty of opportunities to speak to knowledgeable beer enthusiasts if you aren’t so clued up on your hops! A must visit. 

Visit their Facebook page to find out more.




cleos of ironbridge Cleo's of Ironbridge
Across the road from the Coracle is Ironbridge’s favourite cocktail bar, Cleo’s. If you’re after a more sophisticated evening, then this is the place to be. Great drinks, great service and a great atmosphere will well and truly give you a night to remember - we’d recommend the Whiskey Sour!  

Discover more here.






WHERE TO SHOP 
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FOR THE KIDS: Merrythought
Treat the little ones to a traditional handmade teddy bear from Merrythought, who have been hand making these bears in Ironbridge since 1930. They range from traditional and limited edition bears as well to the iconic Cheeky and Punkie bears, which are all unique 
and beautifully crafted. And to make your bear even more special, each one can be personalised. A gift your child will treasure forever. 

Check out their website here. 


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FOR THE ADULTS: Moonshine & Fuggles

Founded on a true love of real ale, malt whiskey and all other artisan spirits, Moonshine and Fuggles is one of THE stand out shops within the Gorge. The team at M&F pride themselves on great customer service and extensive product knowledge, meaning you will never leave without something that appeals to you and that you are certainly going to enjoy. Don’t believe us? We dare you to visit without picking up a unique tipple! 

Check out the selection here.




PHOTO OPPORTUNITY 

The Iron Bridge
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We would like to tell you here that you should make sure you get a photo by the infamous Iron Bridge - the very first 
ever cast-iron bridge, built in 1779 across the River Severn - but unfortunately it is closed for major refurbishment works funded by the brilliant English Heritage organisation. The Bridge was in much need of some repairs due to cracks in the structure but is due to reopen at the end of this year, and will unveil its new colour, returning to its original rusty red/brown. In the meantime, you can access the temporary walkway beside the Iron Bridge which gives visitors a special chance to learn more about the works taking place and witness the conservation in action. 

For more information on the works taking place, click here.