Things to Do
There is an enormous amount to do in Shropshire, far too much to mention below but having lived in Shropshire for more than 2 decades the following suggestions are days out that come particularly recommended.
National Trust and English Heritage
Wroxeter Roman Ruins - English Heritage
English Heritage have done brilliantly well at bringing the ruins alive with the talking handset that allows you to tour around at your own pace.
Within a mile you may like to lunch at the Mytton and Mermaid which is opposite the gates of Attingham Park too.
Attingham Park - National Trust
If visiting Attingham Park main house as well as walking the grounds then we would suggest a whole day. Restaurants on site. Fantastic day out whatever the weather.
Powys Castle – National Trust
This is a beautiful castle set in stunning grounds – the gardens are a real treat! Like Attingham, there are places to eat whilst there.
Stokesay Castle – English Heritage
This is a very interesting site to visit, not great in the rain!
The Priory (Much Wenlock) – English Heritage
Like other English Heritage sites the history of these ruins are brilliantly retold with handsets. There is no restaurant on site but it is in the middle of Much Wenlock so there are plenty of choices.
Ironbridge - Blisthill Museum http://www.ironbridge.org.uk
Our experience of this Victorian Museum has been a fabulous treat and a great day out for all the family. It is definitely worth getting there early, particularly in the summer holidays. If you are likely to get peckish before midday remember to take a snack because no food is available before 12.00 noon!
Acton Scott Farm - Historic Working Farm as seen on TV http://www.actonscottmuseum.com
I have taken the children to this farm several times, along with other little friends. Despite having great days out I would like to go back without them so as to pay full attention to the history being taught. It is a beautiful place to visit and plenty of animals to see, however, there is a lot to learn if you are able to listen without 'mummy, mummy, the goat's eating my coat'.
RAF Cosford Museum - National Cold War Exhibition http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk
We have always found it a wonderful place to take friends and family for the whole day and in any weather. The fabulous display of planes, wealth of information and history of various wars really brings home some of the realities of those who fought. It is a haven for any aviation enthusiast. To see everything you really need a whole day. There are restaurants on site for lunch.
Other Great Days Out
Cycling in the hills - bikes available to hire from http://www.mtb-shropshire.co.uk/bike-hire-rental/
Day trip canoeing down the Severn - Sun Valley - http://www.canoeuk.com
The cottages are provided with all relevant OS maps as well as walking books. My personal favourite walks start from either Cardingmill Valley (just before you arrive in the town – you’ll see a brown National Trust sign) or from the top of the slopes nearest us. Go left out of the house and drive 2 miles until you go over the cattle grid – park car before next cattle grid – you are free to wander over all National Trust land and dogs can go off lead as long as they are safe with sheep.
Ashes Hollow is another walk that comes highly recommended - fairly steep.
You will also see in more details of the National Trust walks at the cottages.
Towns to Visit
This is our nearest town. There are some lovely shops in Church Stretton (all independent). The most famous would be the Antiques Market – definitely worth a visit. The deli in the square is heaven for foodies! Thursday is market day between 8.30am – 4.00pm. The best coffee shops are ‘Berry’s’ and ‘Ginger and Green’ and Jemima's. There are also many walks starting from Church Stretton centre.
Another beautiful market town and home to a locally famous butcher (Paddy Ryan). Lots of history in Much Wenlock and home to The Priory, England's oldest church. The museum is only open between April and October. Plenty of places to eat and drink.
Stunning market town dominated by a truly extraordinary castle. Definitely worth a visit and if you have time I highly recommend the audio tour. Food market is on every day except Tuesday. Don’t forget to visit the Ludlow Food Hall on your way out of Ludlow, clearly visible on the main A49. The Church restaurant right in the middle of the little streets is a wonderful place for lunch or The Green Cafe by the weir comes a close second.
The iron bridge is definitely worth visiting as well as many of the beautiful shops in Ironbridge itself. There are over 20 museums to visit in the town, if you plan on going to several of them it is worth getting a museum pass (which lasts a year) from the Tourist Information Office on the river.
This is a beautiful town for history, shopping, eating and walking. Definitely worth a visit but be aware that there is a one-way system going around the town so it is easiest to use the Park and Ride just off the A49 (turn in towards the same park as Sainsbury’s)