Because the Ironbridge was the first bridge made of iron, it naturally became a spectacle, and as people flocked to the gorge to walk across this bridge (for a fee of course) other ventures sprang up in the area including china, tiles and tar. This area, and this bridge were instrumental in the moving forward of the Industrial Revolution. While in the Ironbridge Gorge/Coalbrookdale area, we saw the Ironbridge Tollhouse, the Museum of the Gorge, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, the Coalport China Museum and the Darby Houses. As you can imagine, this made for a very long day.
But that's not all folks! Before we left the area, we also had afternoon tea with delicious scones (which Caitlin had been looking for forever, so it certainly made her day) all set up by Dr Forsaith which was extremely generous of him.
By the time we arrived back home in Oxford, we were all exhausted, but I had truly gained a new appreciation for all the Ironbridge Gorge had to offer (and no, I'm not just saying that). While I wouldn't necessarily go back, it was an enjoyable day--it certainly exceeded my expectations. As always, you can see pictures in the slideshow below: