Buy an Ironbridge Gorge Passport which is valid for a year and you can visit all 10 museums as many times as you like and allows free transport on the Shuttle buses. Expect to spend all day here. The dramatic film and soundtrack at the start and before the entrance to the town is excellent and sets the scene for the whole of the Gorge emphasising the importance of the available natural resources. The reconstructed town is good, lots of interesting shops and activities. Most are very close together. We were looking forward to sampling the fish and chips after all the good reviews here, but when the queues lessened the chips looked too overdone. All the costumed staff on site worked well and most was enthusiastic and happy to be in “role”, even when carrying out the more menial tasks. The “new” incline was not working when we were there and the coal mine was under construction. Thought the post office museum, the brickworks, cast iron factory, printing shop and blast furnace ruins were good. The short walk to the old incline and along the old canal definitely worthwhile and helps in understanding especially when visiting the other museums and viewing models of the Gorge. The sing song in the pub with an optional tankard of reasonable local real ale (£2.50) was very enjoyable. There’s a handy restaurant upstairs.
Negatives - all the shops seem to trying to sell you something. I would not bother exchanging your modern money for old money at the bank at the entrance to the town. Current currency is perfectly acceptable and avidly sought after.
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