Ironbridge Gorge is in the southern part of the town of Telford, around 5 miles (8km) south of the town centre. There are several distinct areas within the Gorge:
- Coalbrookdale – this is where the conference venue is located and is a tributary valley feeding into the Severn Gorge;
- Ironbridge – the main ‘town’ bit of Ironbridge, clustered around the northern bank of the River Severn next to the Iron Bridge;
- Coalport – on the northern side of the River Severn located east along the river from Ironbridge;
- Jackfield – on the southern side of the River Severn located east along the river from Ironbridge.
Getting to Ironbridge Gorge
Ironbridge Gorge is well signposted from the M54 (Junction 4). When you leave the motorway follow the brown and white tourism signs for Ironbridge Gorge. As you get closer there are specific signs for different parts of the Gorge.
- If you are heading to the conference venue (Museum of Iron) follow Coalbrookdale Museums (Postcode for Sat Nav – TF8 7DQ);
- If you are heading to the reception venue (Blists Hill Victorian Town) follow Blists Hill Museums (Postcode for Sat Nav – TF7 5UD);
- If you are heading to Ironbridge itself (where the Iron Bridge is located as well as lots of places to eat and drink) follow Ironbridge Museums.
All the museum sites have car parks and a ticket to cover all of them for a day costs £3. Car parks in Ironbridge itself are owned by the local authority. Local authority car parks are shown in red on the map below (museum car parks are in blue). The best places to park are the long-stay car parks at Station Yard and Dale End (approx. £2.90 for the whole day – bring 50ps as they don’t like the new £1 coins):
- Station Yard is on the southern side of the River Severn so you need to drive out of Ironbridge to the new bridge at Jackfield and drive back along the other side. Becuase of the longer drive it is normally quiet and it is immediately alongside the Iron Bridge (Sat Nav: TF8 7HQ)
- Dale End is about 10 mins walk from the Iron Bridge on the northern side of the river (Sat Nav TF8 7DS). It is the furthest west of the local authority car parks shown on the map below, and as a result is one of the quieter and cheaper places to leave your car.
The nearest train station to Ironbridge Gorge is Telford Central train station (approx. 6 miles away). London Midland run direct trains to Birmingham, while Arriva Trains Wales operates direct services to destinations including Manchester and Cardiff.
If you are heading into Telford Town Centre from the station it is approximately a 10 minute walk and it is well signed. Buses and taxis are available from the station, but buses to Ironbridge go from the Bus Station (in Telford Town Centre). Buses are operated by Arriva and services 9 and 18 both run to the Gorge (with 9 running close to the conference venue in Coalbrookdale). Full journey planning details are avialble here: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/midlands/places/ironbridge/
Local Taxi Firms
- Go Cars – 01952 501 050
- Diamond Cars – 01952 222 222
- Ambassador Taxis – 01952 200 600
- Royal Taxi’s – 01952 299 299
Getting around Ironbridge Gorge
Ironbridge Gorge covers an area of approximately 6 square miles so the fastest ways to get around it are by car, bus or bike.
Walking Times (approximate)
|Coalbrookdale (conference venue)||Ironbridge||Blists Hill Victorian Town||Jackfield||Coalport|
|Coalbrookdale||–||25 minutes||1 hour||40 minutes||1 hour|
|Ironbridge||25 minutes||–||45 minutes||15 minutes||35 minutes|
|Blists Hill Victorian Town||1 hour||45 minutes||–||30 minutes||20 minutes|
|Jackfield||40 minutes||15 minutes||30 minutes||–||20 minutes|
|Coalport||1 hour||35 minutes||20 minutes||20 minutes||–|
There are a large number of woodland walks maintained by Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, which can be used as circular routes or merged together as a scenic way to get around the area. Walking trail information can be found online here: http://www.severngorge.org.uk/things-to-do/new-walking-trail-leaflets/
Physical leaflets can be picked up in the Visitor Information Centre at the Museum of the Gorge (Ironbridge) and in many other places around the area.
Ironbridge is connected to the National Cycle Network. Information on routes can be found here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/telford-to-ironbridge-gorge