Telford the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is home to around 162,000 people.
Being a large town, it supplies some great entertainment options.
No matter whether you have a growing family, are a single professional old or young you are bound to find some kind of attraction that suits you in the wonderful town of Telford.
Relaxing in our downtime is crucial for our mental well-being and for nurturing our close relationships.
Life is so often led at breakneck speed it is easy to forget to put aside time for special trips, even for a few hours with family and friends.
It may be that you are struggling financially, or it is challenging to juggle your work/life balance.
Or it may be that you have simply just forgotten how long it was since you last organised a day out in Telford.
To get you back on track, we aim to provide you with some great ideas for the best things to do in Telford.
The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse
This is the very reason that Telford is known as the origin of the Industrial Revolution.
The Iron Bridge is also one of the most iconic attractions in the whole region.
Its success inspired the widespread use of cast iron as a structural material.
Now a World UNESCO World Heritage Site, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
The first major bridge in the world constructed made from cast iron, it is a spectacular sight even today although it is now over 240 years old.
The architect Thomas Farnolls Pritchard designed the bridge which spans the River Severn.
There is so much more to learn about this incredible feat of engineering and the site’s museum and buildings provide all the minute detail of the bridge’s construction.
It is well worthy of the top spot in our best attractions of Telford and is ideal for all ages.
Telford Town Park
This is where you can really get to enjoy some outdoor time in a number of different ways.
Telford Town park has plenty for children to experience such as a playground, an amusement centre, an arcade, a bowling alley, and an ice rink.
Each is a great way to burn off all that excess energy.
Telford Town Park also has the added bonus of an award-winning 230-acre nature reserve.
Packed with woodland, meadows and pretty walkways it is a stunning setting to spend your spare time in.
Plus, it also has 14 miles of cycle-friendly footpaths that weave visitors past pools and lakes and through meadows, heaths, and woodland.
Easily accessible for out-of-towners. The Park is located off Junction 5 of the M54 and is within a 10-minute walk of Telford’s main bus station and a 5-minute drive time from Telford Central railway station.
Urban rewilding and unwinding at its very best.
If you really are a true nature lover, The Wrekin is not to be missed.
The Wrekin rises above the Shropshire Plain to a height of 407 metres (1,335 feet) above sea level.
It is a prominent and well-known landmark, signalling the entrance to Shropshire for travellers westbound on the M54 motorway.
Contained in the northern part of the Shropshire Hills AONB, it provides an escape from the trappings of modern urban living.
Don’t forget the camera because there are panoramic views everywhere you look.
You might catch a glimpse of wild deer known to ram the area and an array of birdlife, and other wildlife species such as bats, reptiles and insects.
Legend has it, that it was built by a giant with a grudge against Shrewsbury! To find out more about the giant and his evil plans the BBC has an interesting article you can read by clicking here.
A suburban villa approximating the splendour of a noble country house, Sunnycroft (1880) is a type of property coveted by the Middle Class in the Victorian period.
The house is beautifully preserved showcasing the style and elegance of the Victorian era.
The elaborate conservatory, kitchen garden and stunning flower displays make it a lovely peaceful place to wander any time of the year.
If you do visit Sunnycroft House, you might want to make time to include a visit to one of the other 44 listed buildings which sit within Wellington.
Hoo Zoo, Farm and Dinosaur World
Everyone loves a trip to see animals even the grown-ups but, there is much more at this family attraction to discover.
There are plenty of animals such as lemurs, wolves, wild cats, birds, otters, foxes and meerkats to name a few.
You can even book an animal experience and get up close and personal with them.
Most children love dinosaurs and there are lots here. Everyone can learn more about these creatures – a guided tour is advisable.
Following the tour, you can handle real fossils in the Dino Cabin.
Bring a picnic or stop off at the tearoom for a coffee and a piece of delicious cake.
A small family-run zoo located on the outskirts of Telford, Hoo Zoo, offers a fun day out for all the family with a strong message about conservation.
Blists Hill Victorian Town
For a step-back in time experience, Blists Hill is hard to beat.
An open-air museum packed with interesting exhibits and people dressed in Victorian costumes.
The museum cleverly recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Shropshire town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The museum has three districts, a town area with Victorian-era shops such as a bank, bakery, bicycle shop and post office.
There are daily demonstrations in the busy summer months, and you can chat to the friendly staff who are happy to impart their extensive knowledge of the era.
Staff may also be seen performing such diverse tasks as operating stationary steam engines, iron founding and mucking out the pig sty.
It is another fun way for children to learn about the history of Telford.
Free things to do in and Around Telford
In these times of austerity, it can be expensive to take the whole family out for the day.
You may be pleased to know that there are still plenty of ways to enjoy together time without spending a fortune.
Here are a few ideas for you:
It doesn’t cost a penny to explore this lovely 56-acre wooded area. Full of walking routes that meander through the trees. There are woodpeckers, small creatures such as mice, squirrels, rabbits and badgers. Plus, at dusk, you can often spot the local owls.
Originally built between 1757 and 1759 by the Madeley Wood Furnace Co. They were among the first blast furnaces to be specifically designed for coke as fuel, rather than charcoal. Though now just partial remnants of the once grand furnaces remain, it is still a very nice place to visit.
Sitting right next to Telford’s main shopping centre it provides an opportunity for hours of “cost nothing fun”. Play equipment, toddlers sand play area, a summer water play feature and some tranquil garden areas, ideal for sitting and a cheeky snooze.
This huge shopping centre is packed with things to do alongside some very well-known high street stores such as M&S, House of Fraser, Next and Zara and many more.
Situated on a million-square-foot site, it is the largest shopping centre in Shropshire, a rainy-day must-do.
This site is yet another entertainment location where you can cheer on your favourite music acts, and sports stars and sing along to festivals at the QEII Arena and Telford International Centre.
If you are still stuck for entertainment ideas, you can trawl several websites for inspiration:
- Day Out With the Kids
- Shropshire Guide
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