DAY 5 Thursday 9 June 2005


When I was planning this trip to England, I asked my father what he specifically wanted to see. His only suggestion was the Wedgwood pottery factory, so this is where we headed on the Thursday morning. We arrived at 9.30 just after the museum opens, but before the factory tours at 10.00am. As we have often found in England, being early has its advantages as you are ahead of the crowds who are later out of bed. We were the only tourists through the factory at such an early hour, and we were befriended by the tour manager who gave us a personally escorted tour through most of the factory, relating stories and information along the way.

Our 2-hour tour turned into nearly 4 hours, broken by tea at 11.30 and lunch at 1.30. A most enjoyable experience and well worth the time and cost.

From Stoke-on-Trent we headed down the M6 and M54 to Telford and on to Ironbridge Gorge. It was late afternoon when we arrived, so we booked into the Swan Hotel and sampled the local beers. We had an upstairs room in the old hotel, the exposed oak beams looking more like an upturned ship.

The Iron Bridge
The Swan Hotel at Iron Bridge. Our room is the top right window
The Swan
Inside our room at The Swan
The Swan
River view from the bedroom window

We were well fed at dinner in the hotel, which we followed by a walk along the river.

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