Peacefully bordering Wales, Cheshire and Staffordshire, the gorgeous county of Shropshire plays host to a variety of popular tourist attractions from the family-friendly Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom to the awe-inspiring views across The Shropshire Hills; An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Though Shropshire may be smaller in size to the bordering counties, there are an abundance of activities and places to visit with beautiful Shropshire towns and villages; rich in English history. Stretch your legs and take a walk through time across the River Severn to the quintessentially Victorian village of Ironbridge, or perhaps you’d prefer the 11th Century Market Town of Ludlow with just under 500 listed buildings with Tudor timber and a medieval history such as Ludlow Castle.
Described as a, ‘non-metropolitan county,’ Shropshire is arguably one of the most monumental places to explore in England with a variety of beautiful, archaic places to visit and points of interest.
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For the perfect retreat, look no further than the quaint English county of Shropshire. Situated in the West Midlands, bordering Wales to its west and Cheshire to the north, it is one of the UK’s largest landlocked counties. Peace and tranquillity come naturally to Shropshire with its stunning rolling hills and epic landscapes. It’s the picture-perfect destination for families and couples alike.
Home to the River Severn and the birthplace of Charles Darwin, Shropshire is steeped in history and boasts some of the most interesting historic houses and castles in the country. It is also home to some of the UK’s most quaint market towns such as Market Drayton and Shrewsbury, and days can be wiled away discovering local produce and admiring the black and white buildings of the past.
The unspoilt scenery and epic landscape make for great walking country with over 3500 miles of rights of way. Don’t forget to book in for a relaxing massage following a day of walking at one of the many spa breaks Shropshire has to offer.
A fun day out for all the family can be found at Hoo Farm in Telford, where over 125 species of animals call home. Be sure to say hello to the friendly alpacas and llamas, then take a pit stop at the farms café to refuel.
Soak up the scenery with an exciting day out on horseback in the stunning South Shropshire countryside, or get stuck into a cooking lesson and learn the tricks of the trade at Brompton Cookery School near Shrewsbury. One thing’s for sure; you’ll never be short of things to do in Shropshire.
Experience an evening of hearty dining in one of the finest country hotels in Shropshire, such as The Baron at Bucknell. As one of Ludlow’s best eating spots, the restaurant features an original 18th Century cider press and millstone, as well as a menu serving the very best in local produce.
Other dining highlights in Shropshire include the café at Ludlow Food Centre, serving up more local produce including tasty cheese platters and delicious cured meats. For modern British cuisine look no further than Mortimers in Ludlow for a fine dining experience to remember in a stunning setting.
For those visiting during the month of September, Ludlow Food Festival draws foodie’s in from all over the country for a 3-day extravaganza showcasing the best producers of food and drink. Listen to demos, sample the delicacies on offer and discover the most regarded foodie names.