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  • 1. History

    Telford is named after famous architect and civil engineer Thomas Telford. Dawley New Town was renamed in his honour in 1968 in recognition of all his contributions to the county of Shropshire. Thomas Telford was known as the ‘father of civil engineering’ or the ‘colossus of roads’. His work in the area includes the world's first cast-iron aqueduct at Longdon on Tern a...Read morend the Holyhead Road. Ironbridge Gorge is a World Heritage site and also home to Iron Bridge, the world’s first cast iron bridge. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Telford is a fast growing new town with many modern buildings, attractions and great shopping facilities. Development in the town is ongoing and the latest project will bring more bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and a hotel to the Southwater area of the town. The World Heritage site of Ironbridge attracts many visitors. This historic area is home to Ironbridge Gorge, the worl...Read mored’s first cast iron bridge, museums and many other tourist attractions. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival takes place in May and includes a programme of around 30 guided walks for all ages and abilities over a period of nine days. The World Heritage Site Festival in Ironbridge takes place in September. This one-day celebration attracts around 9,000 people and includes entertainment, stalls, music, performances and more. Park Live is an annual...Read more one-day music festival held in Telford Town Park in September. Local musicians take to the stage for the day to entertain crowds, and styles range from indie and rock, to alternative, grunge and metal. Free family fun activities are also provided throughout the event. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Wonderland, in Telford Town Park, is an adventure park featuring nursery rhyme and fairytale characters, rides, an indoor play area, a diamond mine, Wonderland maze, dinosaur valley, crazy golf and more. Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, on the outskirts of Telford, provides animal activities and attractions for all the family, including animal feeding, donkey grooming, ferret walking,...Read more a gem dig, pony rides and the famous sheep steeplechase. Special activity days take place at this attraction throughout the year. Blists Hill Victorian Town is an open-air museum where visitors can meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces. There is a Victorian fairground, ironworks, bakery and more. There are ten museums in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site. This list includes the Enginuity hands-on interactive science-based museum, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and the Jackfield Tile Museum with its gas-lit galleries and recreated tube stations. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Telford Ice Rink, in the centre of the town, has skating sessions for people of all abilities as well as a café, bar and skate shop. The 450-acre Telford Town Park includes children’s play areas, nature trails, sites of special scientific interest, sports pitches, a lakeside amphitheatre, gardens, toilets and more. Sports facilities in Telford include the Snowboard and Ski...Read more Centre, Telford Tennis Centre and the Oakengates Leisure Centre. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Telford Shopping Centre has 160 retail outlets, including many high street stores, as well as plenty of places to eat and drink. This huge centre attracts shoppers from across the region. A Farmer’s Market is often held in the centre’s Central Square. Traditional markets are held across the borough on a regular basis as well as a selection of specialist markets on special ...Read moredates. The International Centre in Telford is a venue for business conferences and exhibitions of all sizes. Events at the centre include the annual International Plastic Modellers' Society Scale ModelWorld show. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    The M54 motorway runs through Telford and links to the A5 to the west and the M6 to the east. The A442 runs to the north and south of the town. There are regular direct trains to Telford from Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury. Birmingham International Airport is the closest airport to Telford and is about 34 miles from the centre of the town.

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Oakengates Theatre in Telford has a packed programme of live entertainment to suit all tastes, including music, drama, family shows, comedy, dance and more. The Odeon Cinema, situated in the town centre, offers all the latest blockbuster films.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Iron Bridge, Telford, is the world’s first cast iron bridge and was built in 1779. Thousands of tourists visit this bridge every year. The bridge, built by Abraham Darby III, is seen as a symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The story of the structure is told in an exhibition in its original Tollhouse on the south side.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    The Wrekin is a hill surrounded by myth and legend. The story is that the hill was built by a giant who had dug up a mound of earth, which he was planning to use to dump into the River Severn and flood the town of Shrewsbury. After getting lost he ended up dumping it at Wellington. Some people believe the Wrekin was the inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle Earth in Lord of the R...Read moreings. Read less

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