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"Ironbridge: Cradle of the Industrial Revolution" Top 5 Page for this destination Ironbridge by Tom_Fields

Ironbridge Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 210 photos


Here, along the banks of the River Severn, a new society began to emerge. This one was governed not by the nobility or the clergy, but by the captains of industry.

In this small town, Abraham Darby learned how to produce iron using coke (liquified coal), which was plentiful in the region. This process proved far superior to the older one using more costly charcoal. The river, in the days before railroads, provided transportation. From these modest beginnings, the Industrial Revolution took shape. Since then, the world has never been the same.

Ironbridge is a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a part of Britain's history and heritage, it's just as important as Stonehenge, the Tower of London, or Canterbury.

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  • Pros:Plenty of Industrial-age landmarks
  • In a nutshell:Where the modern age began
  • Last visit to Ironbridge: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2006 at 5:34 PM

    Very informative page with more good photos. So many museums in one town!!


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