Iron Bridge

A close up of Iron Bridge.
View of full span of bridge with reflection in still waters below.
A side view of Iron Bridge with a small house at the end.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7JP

Before You Go

The world's first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn here in Shropshire in 1779. This pioneering single-span cast-iron structure was a turning point in British design and engineering; after it was built, cast iron came to be widely used in bridges, aqueducts and buildings.

Now Britain's best-known industrial monument, the bridge gave its name to the spectacular wooded gorge that was once an industrial powerhouse and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge Gorge is now a World Heritage Site.

This year, a major conservation project will begin to repair Iron Bridge and secure its future. Read more about the project.

Before You Go

Parking: There is a charged car park nearby, not managed by English Heritage.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Ironbridge is a great starting point for a visit to Ironbridge Gorge. The Iron Bridge is the perfect place to begin a tour of the gorge's many museums, and other English Heritage sites nearby, including Buildwas Abbey, Wenlock Priory and Wroxeter Roman City.

Just ten miles away from Iron Bridge there is also Boscobel House and the Royal Oak. The future King Charles II sought shelter here from Cromwell's men after being defeated at Worcester in 1651. The site provides an opportunity to get close to a significant moment in English history, as well as boasting a charming tearoom which makes it a great spot for lunch or tea.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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Your membership provides valuable support for our essential work, while you can enjoy free access to the beauty and inspiration of our magnificent historic places. 


About us

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

How We Are Funded

Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

  • 66% Self-generated income
  • 20% One off capital grant
  • 14% Government funding
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