Book one of our luxury cottages or lodges among green valleys, hills and forests, and explore a county full of castles, market towns, natural wonders and fun for all the family.
Here are our top 10 things to do in Shropshire…
Enjoy a blast from the past at Blists Hill Victorian Town. The recreated town provides a taste of what life used to be like under the rule of Queen Victoria.
Visit Victorian shops, homes, workshops and factories, a pharmacy and a bank, play traditional games and learn all about daily life from a range of characters. If you get peckish on your trip through time, there’s fish and chips cooked in the traditional way, old-school sweets and more.
Set in the lovely Shropshire Hills, the Discovery Centre shows off the very best of the countryside. As well as acting for a base for hill walkers and trekkers to start from, find refreshment or return to, the attraction offers exhibitions on Shropshire’s past and its own 30-acre meadow.
Don’t forget to refuel in the on-site cafe with a Shropshire cream tea or to take a stroll to where dragonflies and butterflies congregate. Thanks to the baby-changing facilities, dog-friendly approach and disabled access, it really is a spot for everyone to enjoy.
Anyone interested in history, aircraft or the RAF will enjoy this day out. Not only does the museum tell the stories of service people, it also showcases over 75 aircraft and artefacts, plus a National Cold War Exhibition, all located within old wartime hangars.
Once you’ve taken in all the displays, the should still be time to stop off for refreshments at the museum restaurant, too.
Don’t just stop at the Discovery Centre, venture out into the Shropshire Hills themselves. As an Area of Outstanding Beauty, these rolling hills and lush valleys will provide fresh air, scenery, and peace and quiet in spades.
Enjoy the views in this area, which leads up to the Welsh border, and enjoy a range of diverse walks through pastures, meadows, woodlands, rocky hilltops, and local villages.
Nothing says Shropshire like an English country house and the lovely Attingham Park certainly ticks all the boxes.
Owned by the National Trust and encompassing a deer park, this 18th century mansion and estate has plenty of grounds and garden to unwind in – and the house has also opened a number of its showrooms again.
Another historic monument that draws and enthrals crowds is Shropshire’s Stokesay Castle. Its claim to fame is being constructed in the 13th century and staying so well-preserved.
Managed by English Heritage, the fortified medieval manor house still has its great hall, gatehouse and tower – as well as gorgeous views out over the Shropshire Hills.
There are many watersports for you to try your hand at while in Shropshire. Set sail from Shrewsbury aboard the Sabrina Boat, a passenger ferry that will take you on a sedate cruise down the River Severn. Alternatively, prove your mettle by renting a raft, canoe or a kayak and taking on the mini rapid run which conveniently ends up at a local pub.
For more of Shropshire’s stupendous scenery, take a deep breath while gazing out at the countryside from Hawkstone Park Follies. The 18th century ruins are surrounded by the great outdoors and make for a great place to spend an afternoon of exploration.
Hop on a steam train that will take you across the Severn Valley, which includes 16 miles of beautiful countryside, in style. Chugging across both Shropshire and Worcestershire, its stops include historic walks, gift shops, local pubs, and more.
You can even book your own private apartment on the vintage train – which makes staying aboard just as exiting as exploring what’s beyond the window.
There’s even more for history buffs at the Wroxeter Roman City, which provides a glimpse of 2,000 years into the past. Once a large Roman city, the remains include fascinating finds such as a bathhouse and reconstructed town house, and there’s also a museum of artefacts and an audio tour available.
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