Shropshire has a number of attractions to visit and enjoy.
Shropshire’s early industrial heritage is a key feature and tourist destination. The Ironbridge Gorge holds 10 award winning museums where you can explore the history of the Industrial Revolution including the Tar Tunnel, Darby Houses and Broseley Pipeworks. The world’s first iron bridge spans The River Severn, which was a key transport route for moving the manufactured goods in the 18th and 19th century which were then exported all over the world. You can visit both the bridge and the tollhouse. The whole area is a world away from today’s electronic gadgetry and a great educational experience for all the family.
The wider Severn Valley offers spectacular countryside and is great for getting out in the fresh air for walking and cycling. The Severn Valley railway is probably Shropshire’s premier steam engine attraction covering 16 miles of track and restored stations through glorious scenery.
Shropshire’s history and border position means the area has seen a number of invasions over the years. The county is famous for its defences and along with Watt’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke, there are a significant number of castles; of nearly 200 castles in the UK over 30 of them are in Shropshire including those at Clun, Chirk and Stokesay a 13th century fortified manor house, so those seeking history won’t be disappointed.
The country town of Shrewsbury is home to over 660 listed buildings, including many famous black and white timbered examples. You can stroll the medieval streets and take in the history as you make your way around Shrewsbury – visit the Quarry park or take a stroll by the river. Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury and you can visit the statue and take in the Charles Darwin trail around the town.
Food and drink abound in Shropshire, with Ludlow fast becoming a gastronomic centre with numerous specialist food and drink shops. Shropshire local specialities include Shrewsbury cakes, Fidget Pie and Whimberry Pie. Elsewhere there you can visit Wroxeter Roman vineyard, producing a range of wines, whilst the town of Bishops Castle has been brewing ale since the mid 1600s.
Wroxeter Roman village was the fourth largest Roman town in Britain and may have been home to Camelot. You can explore the King Arthur trail and discover the secrets of the legend.
Those with a fondness for military history will enjoy a trip to the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, home to over 70 aeroplanes from around the world, housed in 3 hangars. Special sights include the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber. The National Cold War Exhibition tells the story of the Cold War in an educational and informative way and is the only place in Britain you can see all the V bombers – the Vulcan, the Victor and the Valiant.
Rising to over 400m above the Shropshire Plain, The Wrekin is a famous Shropshire landmark visible from neighbouring counties and rewarding those trekking to the Iron Age fort summit with breath taking panoramic views. The Long Mynd is a 7 mile long heath and moorland plateau largely managed by the National Trust and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Shropshire is a beautiful county for exploring with nearly 3,500 miles of public rights of way and miles of cycle paths through some fantastic scenery through valleys, along rivers and picturesque villages . For the adventurous, the Shropshire Cycleway covers 185miles around the perimeter of the county, whilst the Shropshire Way walk cover some 297 miles – but luckily it can be broken down into 27 more manageable routes!