Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel

In April 2012, pupils in years 4-6 will have the opportunity  to go on a residential trip to Ironbridge. We will stay in the Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel, an impressive building with superb staff ideally situated and providing excellent accommodation.Our plans for the 3 day trip includes visits to Blists Hill Victorian Town MuseumEnginuity Science museum and the museum of the Gorge.

The following pages have been set up to help our pupils get the most out of their stay.

Where is Ironbridge?

Ironbridge is located in the county of Shropshire  in central England, close to the Welsh border. It  is a settlement on the banks of the River Severn, in the Ironbridge gorge.

What is Ironbridge famous for?

Ironbridge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. In 1986 its historical importance was recognised by its designation as a World Heritage Site.

The Iron Bridge

Why did the Industrial Revolution started in Ironbridge?

The area around Ironbridge is described as the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution” because it is near the place where Abraham Darby I perfected the technique of smelting iron with coke, allowing much cheaper production of iron. Ironbridge’s rich coal deposits near the surface, made it easier to get to the fuel needed to make coke.