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Telford Now

  • aerial plan of southwater
  • Carnival of Giants at Southwater<
  • Ironbridge disguised by ribbons
  • Cyclo-cross in Blists hill
  • Telford shopping centre
  • Southwater at night
  • Apley woods

What is it that really makes Telford special nowadays? 

Take a look at the facts below. You might be surprised!


  • Telford is a happy place to live in – Telford has been listed in the top ten happiest places to live in the UK (Rightmove survey, 2014).
  • The Ironbridge Gorge located in Telford is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It attracts approx. 1.3 million visitors a year.
  • Telford is the fastest growing town in the West Midlands with significant investment regeneration. The £41m investment in the town centre Southwater has given Telford a vibrant beating heart, with lots of opportunity for everyone to enjoy.
  • Telford has one of the best parks in the UK (Telford Town Park has been voted the UK’s best park in 2015).
  • Telford is in the top 10 most popular exhibition venues in the UK.
  • Telford & Wrekin has a population of 170,200. The population is younger than the national average and is predicted to grow at a faster rate than the England population, to 196,900 by 2031.
  • Telford attracts big foreign business investors, creating many new jobs. There’s already been some major business achievements. There are 5,000 companies in Telford, employing 83,700 people.
  • Telford has hundreds of voluntary and community groups. Lots of people get involved to help make the borough an even better place and this is supported by the Pride in our Community programme.
  • Telford welcomes 4.4 million visitors a year for business and leisure.
  • Telford has a Council run solar farm that has generated nearly £500,000 income, which has been used to help protect and maintain the services provided by the Council.
  • Telford is home to an Ice Rink – one of only 57 in the UK.
  • On a clear day, you can see 17 counties from the Wrekin's 407m (1,335ft) summit.
  • Telford European Christmas Market attracts in the region thousands of visitors each year.
  • Telford has 1007 km of road, 212 km of cycle ways, 135 bridges, 80 underpasses, 16,000 signs, 60 pedestrian crossings, 1,100 bus shelters.