Telford & Wrekin’s Ironbridge Gorge has been recommended as the top UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2012 in the UK by the TripAdvisor® traveler community.
It was also ranked second in the world behind the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palaca, Lhasa, China. The Ironbridge Gorge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution from 300 years ago and stands as an amazing testament to technology. You will find the world’s first cast iron bridge built over the River Severn in 1779 along with ten museums spread along its banks paired with restaurants, shops, guest accommodation and a host of other attractions.
Professor Les Sparks, Chairman of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site Steering Group said: “This is a worthy tribute to the warm reception visitors receive from local businesses and residents of the Ironbridge Gorge, which complements the exceptional beauty and history of the area”.
A partnership was formed between TripAdvisor and UNESCO World Heritage Center that was launched in October 2009 to raise the awareness and gain travelers support in preserving natural and cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.