The county of Shropshire is proud of its rich, industrial past. Today, the county is probably best known for its rolling hills and seemingly infinite fields of stunning farmland. Step back just a handful of decades, though, and it's easy to see that the county's focus once lay elsewhere. Staying in any one of Shropshire's hotels, you can't help but engage with the county's history.
The Highley Station Visitor Centre is an excellent place to learn more about the fascinating past of this glorious county. The station at Highley marks a part of the historic Severn Valley Railway, operating between the years of 1862 and 1963. With such an abundance of coal mines in the area, the rail network was incredibly important to the prosperity of the region.
What is There to Do at the Highley Station Visitor Centre?
While Highley Station is one of the line's smaller station, it is the most popular among tourists. The reason for this is that Highley Station boasts not only the informative visitor centre, but also the Engine House, which stores a number of the route's famous locomotives. In addition to the glut of carriages and other railway artefacts, visitors will find an extensive play area for kids and a restaurant.
Where to Stay for the Highley Station Visitor Centre
Highley Station itself is actually located a short distance outside of the riverside village of Highley. For this reason, visitors to the attraction are equally well positioned to visit from location across Shropshire. The best way to get around Shropshire is by car, so it could be a smart move to look for accommodation which provides parking.
The well-kept townhouse B&Bs in the historic market show of Shrewsbury are a popular choice for visitors keen to get a look at this unique railway. However, there are plenty of more rural options available for those in search of a quiet break. The small village of Much Wenlock is home to some exceptional guesthouses and hotels, and offers a handful of local amenities such as independent shops and quaint village pubs.
It'll come as no surprise to learn that a county as beautiful as Shropshire is also popular with cyclists. The Highley Station Visitor Centre is located close to the Route 45 Cycleway. Cycling enthusiasts may therefore choose to look for a hotel elsewhere on the route.