Shropshire

Shropshire may be one of the least crowded and last remaining rural idylls in England, but don’t be deceived; there’s still plenty to see and do. Originally part of the Welsh country, Shropshire was annexed to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia in the 18th century.

Shropshire is home to some of the most spectacular historic sites in the entire country including several English Heritage and National Trust properties, historic castles, stately homes and beautiful gardens, and not one but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Visit the IronbridgeGorge, with ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the River Severn and take a canal boat atop Shropshire’s newest World Heritage Site, Pontcysllte Aqueduct.

Shropshire’s landmarks and traditional market towns including Ludlow, Market Drayton, Bishops Castle, Telford, Ironbridge, Oswestry and Much Wenlock are all easily accessible, no matter which Shropshire County Hotel or Inn you choose to stay at.

Stroll around gourmet Ludlow and visit Ludlow Castle; the finest ruined castle from the medieval times.  In September Ludlow Food Festival takes over the town and castle grounds for a weekend of food and drink, with local producers, Michelin Chefs, hands-on cookery demonstrations and expert talks.

Visit the county town of Shrewsbury, with its higgledy-piggledy streets, medieval black and white buildings and independent shops; Shrewsbury Food Festival (in June) and Shrewsbury Flower Show (in August) are just two Shrewsbury events to look out for throughout the year.

The medieval market town of Much Wenlock is the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. Much Wenlock still holds the Wenlock Olympian Games every July.

Shropshire has more than its fair share of walks if you fancy stretching your legs and breathing in some fresh air in the Shropshire hills; there are routes for different difficulty, length and circular. There are also a number of long distances paths such as The Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke. Shropshire has more towns with the official Walkers are Welcome status than anywhere else in Central England. Try Church Stretton, Bishop’s Castle, Cleobury Mortimer, Clun, Much Wenlock, Oswestry, Wellington or Whitchurch, all in Shropshire.

Each member of Shropshire County Hotels and Inns will be delighted to advise you on places to visit and things to do during your stay. Journey on the Severn Valley Railway near Bridgnorth; visit RAF Cosford Museum near Shifnal; start exploring the Shropshire Hills AONB at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms… the list goes on.

For plenty of things to do, places to visit and sights to see, start your visit at a Shropshire County Hotel or Inn.

Norton
Ludlow
Bishops Castle
Much Wenlock
Market Drayton
Oswestry
Telford

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