Ironbridge is often regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with The Taj Mahal, The Pyramids and The Grand Canyon.
The area is steeped in history and is very beautiful, sitting on the banks of the River Severn.
There are nine Ironbridge Gorge Museums which surround the area, and River Cottages are right in the middle of them. The famous bridge itself, built in 1779, is less than half a mile away.
In addition, you can visit The Maws Craft Centre just across the river in Jackfield, The Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture and a Victorian Police Station and Old Court House.
There are walks and cycle ways and you can even turn your hand to making a Coracle with the Green Wood Trust.
The area is compact and beautiful. There is an abundance of bars, restaurants and cafes from which to choose and a lovely riverside park and gardens just 200 metres from the cottages in which to relax, picnic or play ball games. The bars are lively, including a variety of styles such as a 'real ale' bar and a 'jazz' bar playing music several evenings a week. Restaurants cater for all tastes and include a quality vegetarian restaurant, an Italian, Thai, Indian and several bistros.
Annual events in Ironbridge include Coracle racing on the river, The Ironbridge Rowing Regatta, the 'Iron Man' Triathlon, a sizeable and very silly raft race which usually attracts a bumper crowd and the Jackfield Folk Music Festival in August where national and often international bands play. Together with this are events such as a ghostly lamplight event on Halloween at one of the museums, annual fireworks in November and carols on the bridge at Christmas.
All in all, Ironbridge offers something for all age groups and hosts events at all times of the year, making it a popular, year round destination.