Telford is a town in Shropshire, England, formed through the merging of Wellington, Madeley, Dawley, and Oakengates. Despite its small size, it is the largest in the county and is arguably one of, if not the fastest-growing town in the country, which stands to reason, considering that it is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. While it continues to bear traces of its colorful past, it is today known for its assortment of family-friendly attractions.
1. Visit Telford's UNESCO Heritage Site, the Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse is actually the reason why Telford is considered as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, being the first bridge that was constructed that was made from cast iron. While the foundries and mines that were responsible for giving the town this distinction are no longer active, visitors can still explore these relics, given that this has already been declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the world. Aside from the bridge itself, visitors can explore the museums and buildings within the area to find out more about the history of the evolution of technology there. River kayak cruises are also offered here. Furthermore, there are quaint shops and cafes there for those who want to enjoy the view of the River Severn or simply to go people watching.
Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
Address: Ironbridge, TF8 7JP Telford, England
Website: Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
2. Learn more about the link between Telford and tiles at the Jackfield Tile Museum
It might seem strange that an organization dedicated to tiles is considered as one of the attractions of Telford. Still, putting a foot in the door of the museum will reveal why this is one of the must-visit places in town. In fact, tiles played a critical role in Jackfield, which was once considered the center of the tile industry in the world. The museum itself is located in the historic tile works, where the old showroom, boardroom, and work rooms have been preserved. Going on a visit here would be effectively transporting yourself in history.
The museum has different exhibits on the different types of tiles. It also provides information on the various tile decorating techniques that have been developed. The museum even offers tile decorating workshops for those who want to customize their own tiles during their visit.
Jackfield Tile Museum
Address: Jackfield, TF8 7LJ Telford, England
Website: Jackfield Tile Museum
3. Have family fun time at the Telford Town Park
The town park at Telford offers something for adults and children alike. Many amusements are available for families at the park, as it is home to a playground, an amusement center, an arcade, an ice rink, and even a bowling alley. Adults, meanwhile, will be able to spend a few hours outdoors.
They can stroll beside the lakes or go into the woods to spot the various wildlife in the park. It also has its own golf course, as well as designated areas where adults and children alike can go cycling or hiking. Families who have dogs can bring their pets here.
Telford Town Park
Address: Hinkshay Road, TF3 4EP Telford, England
Website: Telford Town Park
4. Travel in a fantastical world in Wonderland
Wonderland is located in Telford Town Park, but you may find yourself feeling as though you’re literally transported into Wonderland when you put a step into this Lewis Carroll-themed mini-amusement park. Aside from its “Alice in Wonderland” rides, it also has an indoor play barn. The mini-amusement park also has its own picnic area for those who want to enjoy their meal here.
Address: Telford Town Park, TF3 4AY Telford, England
5. Find inspiration at The Wrekin
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One of the most well-known landmarks of Telford is The Wrekin, a 350 meter (1,335 foot) tall hill. According to stories, this was used by J.R.R. Tolkien as his inspiration for Middle Earth while writing his novels. Those with an adventurous bent can climb The Wrekin by following the path to the top. Their efforts will be rewarded with picturesque sights of the surrounding area. Make sure to bring your own water so you have a refreshment after the long walk.
Address: Telford, England
6. Explore Weston Park
If you want to know more about life during the 17th century, you can visit Weston Park, which has a country home built during that era as its centerpiece. The property was donated by the seventh Earl of Bradford to the state, which then converted it into a park. The home has a significant art collection, including portraits from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Aside from the artwork, visitors can stroll along the well-maintained gardens, as well as visit the Orangery, the lake, and the garden house.
Address: Weston-under-Lizard, nr. Shifnal, TF11 8LE Telford, England
Website: Weston Park
7. Explore the rooms of Sunnycroft villa
Another historic home you can visit is Sunnycroft, a Victorian suburban villa. The home has been carefully preserved to resemble how it looked from the time it was constructed. Guided tours are offered to provide more information about the house and its rooms, although you can also choose to wander around the home by yourself.
Address: 200 Holyhead Road, Wellington, TF1 2DR Telford, England
8. Play with various animals at the Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
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Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a must visit for those who have children who love animals. A variety of creatures can be found here and kids can even take turns playing, petting, and even feeding some of them. Those who want more adventure, meanwhile, can walk along the woodland trails there.
Staff members are available at all times to provide assistance to visitors. Picnic tables can be found here for those who want to eat while visiting. Guests can bring their own food, or they can buy from the café on the site.
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
Address: Preston on the Weald Moors, TF6 6DJ Telford, England
Website: Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
9. Lakeside Animal Park
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If the critters at the Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom only whetted your children’s appetite to play with more furry creatures, drop by Lakeside Animal Park, a small park which nonetheless offers a sizeable collection of critters. On board are knowledgeable staff who can provide visitors more information about the animals currently housed there. The fan-favorite attraction here would be the Meerkat Experience, where they can play with the critters. There are no entrance fees to get into the park, although they do accept donations.
Lakeside Animal Park
Address: Woodhouse Lane, Off Salisbury Avenue, Priorslee, TF2 9UR Telford, England
10. Go on a hike at the Apley Woods
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Apley Woods is a great place to visit for outdoorsy people who have a hankering for spending time outdoors surrounded by nature. Aside from the woods, which features different types of trees, it also has a duck pond, as well as wooden sculptures scattered in the area. Pathways are available to make walking easier and it can also accommodate wheelchairs. Photography fans will love this place, owing to its picturesque surroundings.
Address: 22 Apley Castle, TF1 6RH Telford, England
Website: Apley Woods
Quaint and classicTelford offers visitors its old world charm, as well as the opportunity to immerse themselves in the nature and history of the town. Visit Telford and enjoy its quaint surroundings and laid-back atmosphere.
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