When you use TravelSupermarket to find cheap car hire, Telford will reveal its treasures to you...
And what treasures they are. It might have been created as a 'new town' in the 1960s, but the areas around Telford, which merged with the newer swathes of development, have a deep-seated history and an industrial heritage that is matchless in England. Telford is the place to visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, which spans Ironbridge Gorge (formed by the River Severn).
Ironbridge is the undoubted star of Telford. It was here that large-scale production of cast iron first took place, as the spectacular bridge, built in 1779, attests. When in the village of Ironbridge, you should check out one of the many museums and pop into the charming shops and pubs that welcome tourists. Children love to visit the Merrythought shop, where traditional teddy bears have been produced and sold since 1930.
Because of the sprawling nature of Telford, car hire is wise if you plan to see the sights. It will take you 10-15 minutes to drive to places such as Ironbridge, so renting a car is a sound investment.
To keep an eye on the past, take a journey from nearby Horsehay aboard the Telford Steam Railway.
Elsewhere in Telford, there are shops galore at the town's shopping centre, while children can be in fun-filled heaven at Telford Town Park. There are play areas, walking trails, a soft-play area, and Wonderland, where fairy-tale characters come to life amid whimsical scenes. Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, a 15-minute drive north of the town centre, also provides a great family day out.
Pick up you hire car at a convenient location in or around the heart of downtown Telford. For the best deals on car hire, use the price-comparison tool on TravelSupermarket.
It really is worth considering car rental; Telford is a large place and the areas that surround it are worthy of your time...
So where else can you travel to with your hire car? This Shropshire town is some 15 miles east of Shrewsbury and around 30 miles west of Birmingham - England's second city - where art, music, shopping and food collide in a kaleidoscope of cultures.
You don't have to travel that far, however, to spend your days entangled in the splendid mesh of English heritage. Drive from Telford to Wroxeter Roman City in 15 minutes and discover the remains of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. The ruins and newly-recreated town house will capture your attention for a few hours, though the outdoor attraction is best visited in dry weather.
The pretty town of Bridgnorth, which perches on the steep banks of the Severn Valley and is split into High Town and Low Town, is a 20-minute drive from Telford. See the castle or ride the funicular railway that connects the upper and lower sections of the town.
For another look at a lovely British town, you can journey to Much Wenlock - another easy 20-minute drive from Telford. It was here, amid the architectural gems of another time, that the founder of the modern Olympic movement was born - the 2012 London Olympics had a mascot named Wenlock, as a tip of the cap to the importance of this village-like destination.
The Shropshire Hills offer a taste of the great outdoors during your break in Telford. The rising peaks and falling valleys provide breath-taking vistas. If you're willing to drive a little further, the Peak District National Park can be reached in less than 90 minutes from Telford, though if you've got children with you, your journey might not get further towards the Peak District than the 75-minute mark - at which point you'll find the thrill rides of the Alton Towers Resort.