Iron Bridge and Toll House
Attraction in Telford, Shropshire
The worlds first Iron bridge. You can peer through its railings and conjure a vision of sailing vessels heading downstream towards Bristol and the markets of the world.
The Iron Bridge, is the true jewel of Shropshire's Iron-making past, you can see it spanning the majestic river Severn. The bridge itself was opened by Abraham Darby III and architect Thomas Pritchard on New Years Day 1781, (having been cast from 1779 onwards) and it became so famous that now the town proudly boasts the name 'Ironbridge'.
Whilst Abraham Darby III received a gold medal from the Royal Society of Arts, the architect, Thomas Pritchard died before the bridge was complete. Originally the bridge was conceived to allow traffic to cross the Gorge. However, today the bridge is only open to walkers, who wish to stroll across and get a better view of the river. The Toll House on the south side of the iron bridge was originally where people would have paid a toll to cross the bridge. The original prices are still displayed on the wall outside. However today the Toll House houses the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre and a small museum about the history of the bridge.
The Tollhouse has limite opening. Please call 01952 433424 for details.
SUMMER OPENING 29/03/2014 – 02/11/2014
Tollhouse open every local school holiday weekend
WINTER OPENING 03/11/2014 – 13/03/2015
From junction 6 of the M54 take the A5223 south towards Ironbridge. Follow the road, turn left at the roundabout. Follow the road over the next roundabout and bear right over the Jackfield bridge. Bear off the road towards the Iron Bridge.
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