Shropshire Attractions & Activities

Shropshire is one of the least crowded and most peaceful areas of England. Now one of the few remaining rural idylls, it has a long history of wild border conflicts which have left a legacy of atmospheric hillforts, earthworks and castles.

As visitors, pilgrims and honoured guests to Shropshire you'll need to know all the best places to visit and interesting things to do while you're here. Indeed as many before you have already discovered, Shropshire's attractions are as diverse as the very county itself.

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Satisfying sights to see

Within these timeless landscapes there are charming market towns each with its own distinctive character: Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. Among enticing streets and alleyways you will find antique and craft shops, inns and teashops rubbing shoulders with traditional grocers, butchers and bakers.

So whether you're seeking horticultural sanctuary or historical stimulation, amusement or distraction, Shropshire has something for everyone; award winning museums, renowned gardens, distinctive National Trust and English Heritage properties, fascinating farm attractions, abbeys and churches, street markets, speciality shops and craft centres, and unspoilt countryside to explore.

In the very heart of Shropshire lies the county town of Shrewsbury, one of the finest Tudor towns in England, and to the east - in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge - the ten museums of the Ironbridge Gorge celebrate the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Shropshire's main visitor attractions include:

Stokesay Castle.

A very romantic 13th Century fortified manor house

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

The world's first iron bridge (oddly beautiful) spanning the River Severn. Birth place of the industrial revolution, Ironbridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are ten award winning museums and sites that tell this momentous story.

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The Severn Valley Railway

Britain’s premier steam railway, 16 miles of glorious countryside and restored stations. Shropshire has many other steam train attractions besides.

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Wroxeter Roman City (Viroconium)

The fourth largest Roman city in Britain. Wroxeter was also the city of Camelot from the legend of King Arthur. Much to see and learn. You can follow the trail of the Real King Arthur.

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The Royal Airforce Museum Cosford.

Aviation history brought to life, the largest collection of missiles in the country. Exciting displays of civil and military planes…Last of the few.

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Hawkstone Historic Park and Follies

Wooded magical land of grottoes, caves, cliffs and follies. Setting for the TV Chronicles of Narnia. Awesome.

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Shropshire Churches

Whether you are in search of a quintessentially Shropshire church, a place to sit quietly amongst beautiful countryside, a particular architectural style or world-class stained glass, you will find a church in Shropshire that fits the bill.

Click here to download the Shropshire Borderlands Churches leaflet (PDF)

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Shropshire Parks & Countryside Sites

Shropshire has over 140 parks, play areas, recreation grounds and country parks. From local play areas to large country parks like Severn Valley Country Park and The Mere at Ellesmere.

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Shropshire - Gardens Galore!

In Shropshire you'll find a trug-full of famous bloomers, there are plantsman's gardens, ornamental and water-gardens, nurseries and wooded walks. Blooming gardens full of classic English spring and summer flowers and landscapes touched by Capability Brown and Gertrude Jekyll.

Shropshire's gardens are not to be sniffed at. (Oh yes they are! - Blooming Marvellous!)

Historic Piles!

PG Wodehouse described Shropshire as "the nearest earthly place to paradise" and he knew a thing or two. He also wisely set Blandings Castle in this neck of the woods, at Weston Park to be precise. But then he could have justifiably chosen a number of equally suitable properties. You only have to look at the elegance of Attingham Park, the majesty of Powis Castle or the mysterious Ludlow Castle, home to the Ludlow Festival to make a case.

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