Telford's industrial history is exhibited with pride in the local area due to the town's proximity to one of the first large coalfields to be extensively mined in the Industrial Revolution.
The nearby Ironbridge Gorge is the location, as the name suggests, of the first fully cast-iron bridge to be constructed in the world and the gorge is not only a popular tourist attraction but a World Heritage Site as well.
All aspects of local involvement in the expansion of industry are showcased in several quality museums, not least of which being The Museum of the Gorge, which is housed in a stunning Gothic-styled building and offers a wide range of fascinating exhibits.
Another important local point of historical interest is the imposing sight of The Wrekin - a man-made hill that was originally the site of a large Iron-age fort that is extremely popular with walkers to this day owing to the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside that it offers.
Telford has many exciting retail opportunities in and around the town centre, with many high street names within the Telford Shopping Centre and The Forge retail park alongside various other, smaller independent shops. Other leisure attractions include a large cinema complex and giant concert and conference venue, The Telford International Centre, which houses the UK Snooker Championship annually.
For a more tranquil location, the beautiful 450-acre Telford Town Park is well worth a visit, offering ornate gardens, a lakeside amphitheatre, nature trails and well-equipped children's adventure areas.