Date ideas in Telford

Known for its many heritage sites and museums, Telford is the perfect place to take your date back in time. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the town park, raft down the Severn River or spend a day roaming museums in the Ironbridge valley.  Whatever you and your partner enjoy, our ideas for a date in Telford are bound to make it memorable.

1. Explore Ironbridge Gorge

Only a 12-minute drive away from Telford town centre, the UNESCO world heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge is a perfect spot to explore history together. Regarded as the birthplace of the UK’s industrial revolution, Ironbridge hosts 11 separate attractions to explore, making it easy to stay occupied and avoid any awkward moments of indecision - especially on a first date! 

Explore the history of England’s ironworks at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, where you can view antique iron sculptures and an original iron furnace, as well as take in a gorgeous valley view from the top floor!

2. Take a trip on a steam train

Are you or your partner fans of steam power? Telford Steam Railway offers a blast from the past in a trip on an authentic steam train. The railway runs trains on Sundays and holidays, making it a great option if you both tend to be busy on weeknights. Spend time chugging around the historical railway together, and once you’re back you can finish off your date with a cup of tea at the railway’s Furnaces Tea Room. There’s also a gift shop, if you fancy buying your date a memento!

3. Enjoy a romantic walk

If you prefer nature to museums, Ironbridge Gorge is also perfect place to take your date for a long walk and a picnic. Walk along the Loamhole Brook or meander through the woodland in Haywood and Benthall. Enjoy the day with your dogs or just spend time alone with each other. 

4. Watch a play at the theatre

The local Telford Theatre is a great place to unwind and enjoy each other’s company after a long week. With comedies, dramas and pantomimes on rotation, you can take your date to the theatre multiple times without getting bored. There’s guaranteed to be something new to watch, no matter how many plays you’ve watched before. 

5. Go river rafting

Are you and your partner into water sports? The nearby Severn River is the perfect place to go canoeing, paddleboarding or rafting with your date. Shropshire Raft Tours offers a wide range of boats to rent, including kayaks, canoes and mini rafts. Enjoy a seven-mile river tour while working together to stay afloat - just make sure you pack a towel in case you get soaked!

6. Have a romantic meal together

For a more traditional date, there are plenty of restaurants in Telford and its surrounding area to choose from. A standout, Restaurant 1840 is an elegant eatery sure to impress your date, as it’s set in a renovated former Methodist church, with the tables have been converted from original church pews.

7. Take ice skating lessons

There’s nothing quite as romantic as falling over your own feet! At the Telford Ice Rink you can fulfil your dreams of skidding on slippery ice - and laughing at your partner when they do the same. The ice rink offers thirty-minute ice skating lessons for all levels of expertise, and if you’d prefer to skate around on your own terms, you can participate in one of their public skating sessions instead. 

8. Enjoy a Victorian experience together

If you and your partner want to experience more history, the Blists Hill Victorian Town is a fantastic choice for a date. Designed to offer an authentic Victorian street experience, the museum employs craftspeople and actors to help you and your partner to take a walk back through time to see what life was like back in 1900.

9. Watch the sunset from the Iron Bridge

Telford’s famous Iron Bridge is an 18th-century structure known for being the first solid cast iron bridge in the world. Alongside its historical value, the bridge is a beautiful location with a view over the Ironbridge Gorge and the River Severn, making it a lovely place to relax and watch the sunset with your partner. Sometimes the best dates are the simplest ones!

10. Have a cocktail night

If you prefer to have a few drinks, the LiquorLab is a great place to order creative cocktails and dare each other to try new things. Spend an evening drinking, talking and enjoying each other’s company in the style of a perfect date. 

Hopefully this list of date night ideas in Telford has given you a good starting point for dating, whether you’re testing the waters with a new acquaintance or enjoying your twentieth date together. 

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