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This relatively young town, only built in the 1960s, is well worth a visit for the same reason that it was built in the first place. Its location is conveniently central to much of the fascinating heritage and landscapes that the West Midlands has to offer. And as Shropshire’s largest town, it also boasts excellent transport links to London and the rest of the UK, and a good choice of hostels, making it the ideal place to stay for those of you looking to explore a bit further.
A stay at a Telford hostel is unlike anything else. Here you can find accommodation in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area’s famous rolling farmland, woods and river valleys. This place, still traditionally farmed and worked, is the perfect place to get away to relax, walk, or even push yourself a little harder with a range of outdoor activities.
Your hostel stay might even find you staying in one of Britain’s first ever UNESCO designated World Heritage sites. The Ironbridge Gorge first attained this status in 1986 in recognition of its contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century and the wealth of related heritage in the area. Here you’ll discover many family-friendly museums, as well as a plethora of industrial archaeology.
If you’re visiting with your family then you’ll find plenty to keep everyone happy. As well as the availability of family-friendly hostel accommodation, you’ll also find an area littered with a variety of things to do and places to see. If you just need them to let off steam, then perhaps let them loose at Safari Land’s animal-themed crazy golf. Alternatively, a visit to the Victorian-era house and ramble across the five acre estate to be found at Sunnycroft National Trust in Wellington might be more their thing. Aviation enthusiasts meanwhile will be delighted to discover one of the UK’s largest aviation museums, the Cosford Royal Air Force Museum, where you’ll discover 70 historic planes, including the world’s oldest Spitfire.
Telford hostels are ideally located for any of you looking to get out and about. If walking and hiking is your thing, the circular walk from Coalbrookdale will take you past the Quaker burial grounds, and along the water course where you might see kingfishers flitting by the riverbank. Cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice as they enjoy views of the River Severn en route to Coalport on the Silken Way via Ironbridge. If you want to take to the water you can enjoy a soothing row between Ironbridge and Bridgnorth, or an exhilarating hurtle down the Jackfield rapids.
With a number of restaurants and pubs, as well as a farmer’s market, and even Shropshire’s largest indoor mall, coupled with some of the UK’s most scenic, fun-filled and heritage-rich landscapes, Telford is the perfect place to stay whatever your passion.