About the Area

v43-4-DSC_0044-lrShrewsbury

Shropshire’s county town is famous for its medieval buildings, including Shrewsbury Abbey (fictional home of Brother Cadfael).

The river, with riverside walks, almost circles the town, which has excellent shopping facilities, museums and a castle.

The annual Shrewsbury Flower Show attracts visitors from all over the world.

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The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge & the Ironbridge Gorge are about 30 minutes drive away.

Though renown as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the main industrial elements have long-gone and the River Severn now flows through a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of rural Shropshire.

Remnants of industrial heritage exist in the form of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge museums, including Blists Hill Victorian town.

Much Wenlock

v153-3-DSC_7613The beautiful “black & white” town of Much Wenlock has much to offer throughout the year including shops, restaurants & pubs with great food.

It was also the home of Dr William Penny Brookes, one of the most influential pioneers of the modern day Olympic Games and you will find many Olympian related artefacts in the local museum and around the town.

The spectacular ruins of Wenlock Priory (English Heritage) are located a short walk from the town square.

v103-8-DSC_2894-lrBridgnorth

This beautiful medieaval town is divided in two – a high town and low town. There are caves, a castle, a cliff railway and it is the northern terminus of the Severn Valley Steam Railway.

Bordered and divided by Britain’s longest river, The Severn, there are spectacular views of the valley and low town from the high town.

In fact it is said that King Charles I, who upon visiting the town in 1642 remarked that the view is “the finest in my domain”.

03-ludlow-v49-9-DSC_0068Ludlow

Ludlow is arguably one of the finest historic towns in England with a wealth of beautiful period buildings.

Centrepiece to the town is the dramatic medieval Ludlow Castle, home to the world renown arts festival held in the town each summer. Nearby, the cathedral-like church of St Lawrence is said to be one of the largest in England.