Holiday in Shropshire
It is often said that the birthplace of the industrial revolution was Shropshire, which is strange, because it’s something of a rural paradise. Shropshire and its many smaller townlands and villages have a wide variety of accommodation types available, ranging from the local bed & breakfasts to stylish boutique hotels. Sample the locally crafted ales, with many beer festivals taking place throughout the year, making Shropshire a popular destination for foodies.
The Shropshire Hills are an area of outstanding beauty a real jewel within Shropshire’s glorious countryside. Whatever your preference, be it a short amble or a long hike, there is a variety of walking trials to choose from throughout the Hills, taking in views over Iron Age hillforts along the way.
Ludlow is a beautiful market town in Shropshire. Its historic town centre is situated high on a cliff above the River Teme, surrounded by beautiful countryside including the welsh marches. It provides an excellent base for walking and cycling enthusiasts, whilst its small town shops offer the chance to bring something home to remember your visit to Ludlow.
Stokesay Castle is well worth a visit; a fortified manor house which has not changed in style and structure since it was built in the 13th Century. A very informative audio guide helps to make the visit that little bit more interesting.
However for a true castle experience make Ludlow castle your destination. Situated in the heart of Ludlow, largely unspoilt you can spend hours scrambling around these ancient ruins. The view from the castle’s highest tower is well worth the climb, with a spectacular outlook over Ludlow to enjoy once you reach its summit.
The Royal Air Force Museum in Shifnal Shropshire, is a real hidden gem with four large hangars packed with displays and information to absorb. If the weather isn’t that great and you are looking to keep the family entertained then this particular museum is ideal.
However, a trip to the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire offers an alternative experience, spilling over with incredible works of Ironwork. Visitors young and old will not be disappointed by a visit here, with exhibitions and demonstrations displaying manual skill, artistry and wonderful imagination in the use of iron materials.
The Severn Valley Railway is a wonderful way to spend a day or relaxing afternoon whilst on holiday. There is truly no better way to see the beauty of the River Severn than from one of these steam hauled trains.
The Shropshire Gardens are located nearby and offer the opportunity to gain inspiration with over 20 national collections on display.