The decorative ironwork found in the centre of the world's first Iron Bridge in Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire. The design features a central circle, surrounded by flowing loops and neighboured by railing. The central section is adorned with the type 'ERECTED 1779'.

The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse

Pioneering steps – Tread on history at the world’s first Iron bridge

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Stroll in historic footsteps on one of the world’s great bridges.

This beautiful monument stands as one of the greatest symbols of where the Industrial Revolution started. Tourists have flocked here since 1779 to marvel at this extraordinary structure that dominates the small town that takes its name. 

The following facilities and rules apply at this attraction:

  • Shopping available
  • Guide dogs only

Snap a selfie at this world-famous icon. Enjoy a lovely riverside walk and take in the stunning views of the River Severn valley.

Let us help you plan a visit in the Iron Bridge Tollhouse. Visit the exhibition.

Opening times

Opening times
Dates Opening times
4th Apr – 9th Oct 2022 Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
10th Oct – 31st Dec 2022 Monday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

See our opening times page for other attraction times.


The postcode for The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse is TF8 7JP

See our directions page for further details.

a world first

  • Stand on top of the Iron Bridge and enjoy the views
  • Check out the original Tollhouse
  • Walk underneath the Iron Bridge and see the amazing craftsmanship
  • Pose for a family photo in front of a global icon

Is there a cashpoint?

You can withdraw money from our free-to-use cash machine at Blists Hill Victorian Town or from the Co-op in Ironbridge town



Can I bring my dog?

The Iron Bridge is a public access monument and you are welcome to bring your dog. Regrettably, only assistance dogs are able to visit the Tollhouse with you.


How long will my visit last?

We suggest a visit to The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse will take at least 45 minutes

These are our recommended visit times:

Blists Hill Victorian Town 3+ hours
Coalport China Museum 1.5 hours
Tar Tunnel 20 minutes
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron 1.5 hours
Darby Houses 1 hour
Enginuity 2 hours
Iron Bridge & Tollhouse 30 minutes
Museum of The Gorge 45 minutes
Jackfield Tile Museum 1.5 hours
Broseley Pipeworks 1 hour 


Is there anything for kids to do?

There’s lots to see at the Iron Bridge & Tollhouse including taking great photos, taking inspiration from the Bridge and drawing a picture or simply sitting with an ice-cream enjoying the view.

Children must be accompanied by an adult whilst visiting.

Are the Bridge and Tollhouse suitable for visitors with disabilities?

  • There is easy access to the Tollhouse from the local council Pay and Display car park via a ramp.
  • There is a small lip to enter the Tollhouse.
  • The Tollhouse is on two floors. There is no lift to the upper floor.
  • A reference book is available that details the exhibition found on the upper floor
  • Download an Access Guide here


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