Explore early industry

Named after the world’s first iron bridge and once described as ‘the most extraordinary district in the world’, the Ironbridge Gorge remains a remarkable - and beautiful - place to visit.

A huge amount of early industry survives as furnaces, factories, workshops, canals and the settlements of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport. There are ten award-winning museums spread along the River Severn valley beside Ironbridge, which is situated within an hour’s drive of Birmingham city centre.