Shropshire county, on the border of England and Wales, is one of the most beautiful counties in Britain with amazing attractions, and multitude of activities and things to do. Major attractions include the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, The Severn Valley Gorge and Railway, and the RAF Museum at Cosford.
Perhaps the most famous attraction is the Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and home of the World's First Iron Bridge, which is now a World Heritage Site. The Shropshire town of Ironbridge is named after the actual bridge of iron built by Abraham Darby to cross the River Severn. Ironbridge is situated on the banks of the River Severn which runs through the dramatic and beautiful Severn Gorge. The environment was formed in the Ice Age, when the original flow of the river was diverted and formed the now famous Severn Gorge.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust operate ten museums around the town covering the history of the bridge and the former industries of the local area. The museums are: Blists Hill Victorian Town; Enginuity; Coalbrookedale museum of Iron; Darby Houses; Jackfield Tile Museum; Coalport China Museum; Museum of The Gorge; The iron Bridge & Tollhouse; Broseley Pipeworks; and the Tar Tunnel.
More details can be obtained from:
The Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre, The Toll House, Ironbridge TF8 7AW. Tel. 01952 884391 or go to
http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/ for more information.
Close to Ironbridge is Much Wenlock, the birthplace of William Penny Brookes, founder of the Modern Olympic Games. In 1850, the first ever Olympian Games were held in Much Wenlock, and are still celebrated annually. Relics of the Olympian heritage can be found all around the town and you can follow the Olympian Trail or vist the Museum with its collection of Olympian artefacts. Go to www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/ for further details.
The town of Telford is close by offering major shopping centres and a host of other activities. The Telford Ice Rink is a popular family destination. The famous Oakengates Theatre at The Place offers a varied programme of music, comedy, drama and pantomime. The Telford International Centre hosts major conferences, exhibitions and events and offers facilities for local and national businesses.
The Wrekin is 1334ft hill and home to an Iron Age Hillfort built on a long narrow ridge with tremendous views. it is thought to have been the tribal capital of the Cornovii and has an inner enclosure of about 7 acres originally protected by a rampart that was 6m wide. Some of the surrounding dry stone walls looks like it was constructed hurriedly - popular myth suggests the Roman advance provided the impetus to achieve quantity over quality.
Weston park is home to a 17th century house with dramatic gardens and parkland. It is also home to the annual Weston Park V Music Concert - see http://www.weston-park.com/ for more details.
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