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A modern town surrounded by beautiful countryside

Beautiful Shropshire countryside

Telford is a new town that was developed in the 1960s and 70s. Named after the civil engineer Thomas Telford, it is the result of smaller local settlements being brought together to form what is now Shropshire’s largest town.

There are numerous things to love about this town, not least its proximity to some of the best attractions Shropshire offers. To the south is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ironbridge Gorge, which is home to museums, monuments, shops, cafés and more.

Blists Hill is one of the most popular attractions for families, who can step back in time and walk in the footsteps of our Victorian ancestors. Whilst back in the 21st century, Enginuity provides a fascinating insight into science and technology with hands on exhibits to delight all ages.

For another family outing, young children will adore Wonderland, one of the area’s most-loved tourist hotspots. With fairy story characters wandering the grounds and a variety of rides, play equipment and a challenging maze to discover, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled day out.

Ironbridge Gorge

Of course, one of the greatest attractions of Telford and the surrounding area is the mile upon mile of beautiful countryside to explore. Bridleways, footpaths and rural lanes offer no end of walking opportunities, whilst the picturesque landscape is itself an attraction for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

To see the countryside from a different perspective, why not take a trip on the Telford Steam Railway? Not only do you have the chance to sit back and relax whilst taking in the sights of Shropshire, but there’s also an opportunity to have a driving experience and enjoy some delicious food in the Furnaces Tearoom.

"One of the great attractions of Telford and the surrounding area is the mile upon mile of beautiful countryside."

The centre of the town itself is packed with things to see and do throughout the year. An events calendar bursting with everything from comedy to music to food festivals means there’s always something to keep you busy, and the array of English Heritage sites in the vicinity will please those seeking a cultural hit.

The shopping experience in Telford is one of diversity and serious retail therapy thanks to a huge investment to overhaul the town centre in recent years. The 25-acre indoor shopping centre accommodates over 160 shops ranging from high street stores and chain restaurants to designer brands, meaning you’re certainly in the right place to shop until you drop!

Other leisure facilities including an IMAX cinema, ice rink and indoor playground offer something for those less inclined to raid the clothes racks, whilst the town has a whole host of pubs and eateries to choose from if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxing drink or bite to eat.

If you’re looking for even more variety, there are plenty of places nearby to head for a day out; historic Shrewsbury is just a short drive to the west, or the sprawling metropolis of Birmingham can be easily reached.

While you’re there

Telford Shopping Centre

Over 160 shops spread across a 25-acre indoor centre offering high street brands alongside designer labels.


A family favourite, there’s plenty to keep youngsters entertained at this fun fairy tale attraction.

The LiquorLab

A periodic table menu, and a combination of fire and ice to make some delicious cocktails – what could be better?

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