Telford is a large town in Shropshire. It resides 30 miles west of Birmingham and has a population of over 160,000. Telford is the largest town in Shropshire, and is a fast-growing new town which was built in the 1960s and named after Thomas Telford, the famous civil engineer.
Telford's economy is based around technology firms and the IT sector as well as having a large number of factories which provide employment opportunities within the town. The administrative headquarters of Telford and Wrekin council are based in the town centre, and the council is a key employer within the town.
Telford is home to Shropshire landmark the Iron Bridge, located in Ironbridge which is often seen as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The Iron Bridge was the first bridge of its size to be made out of cast iron and was built in 1779. The Ironbridge gorge can be found nearby, which was formed by the River Severn and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Telford has three railway stations and shares good transport links with the rest of the UK. It is connected to the main road network via the M54 motorway and the A5. Telford lies within an easily commutable distance to the city of Birmingham should residents wish to work outside the town.
There are many leisure facilities within the town of Telford, including a large retail centre, an ice rink, as well as a ski and snowboard centre with a dry ski slope. Telford is home to many cafes, bars and restaurants as well as Oakengates theatre and an Odeon cinema. Telford's conference venue, the Telford International Centre is the 6th largest in the UK and is the home to the UK Snooker Championship which takes place in December.