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Shropshire’s historic sites: travel back in time

In Shropshire, landscape and history have always shaped each other. From Iron Age hillforts to eighteenth-century canals, the past is never far away. Shropshire has astonishing remains of the fourth largest Roman city in Britain, at Wroxeter. In Bridgnorth our ravaged castle tower tilts at a greater angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Shropshire borders with Wales. The ancient feud between Saxons and Celts gives Shropshire a legacy of battles, historic sites, and atmospheric ruins. All with stories for you to discover. Admire the black-and-white Tudor buildings of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. See where the Industrial Revolution sparked to life in Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take tea in Much Wenlock, home of a Victorian doctor inspired to launch the modern-day Olympic Games. Enjoy a stroll around the independent shops in Shropshire’s county town of Shrewsbury, birthplace of Charles Darwin. Visit stately homes and glorious gardens, steeped in the histories of some of Britain’s most intriguing families. You can even see a descendant of the oak tree that sheltered Charles II from Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. The tree and King Charles’s story are why we have so many pubs in England called the Royal Oak. Are you ready to put Shropshire’s historic sites in your future plans?

Shrewsbury

Wroxeter Roman City

Discover urban-living 2,000 years ago at Viriconium (Wroxeter) – once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and explore a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii. Discover the daily lives of the people who lived here with the audio tour and through […]

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Shrewsbury

Orchard Cafe at Shrewsbury Cathedral

Welcome to Shrewsbury’s newest cafe & function room, set in the beautiful surroundings of the famous Shrewsbury Cathedral, overlooking town walls. A brand new concept introducing freshly prepared food on-site in our bespoke kitchen. COVID-19: Opening days until further notice will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 am till 3 pm.

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Ironbridge

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Enjoy a fun family day out at this recreated Victorian Town. You can discover more about Victorian life as you meet the ‘Victorian’ townsfolk. No cars. No TV. Just tons of fun! Welcome to the age of Queen Victoria. Here you’ll experience what life was like when Britain ruled the world. Meet some (almost) real […]

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Ironbridge

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Is iron the greatest material ever made? Find out how iron, and particularly Coalbrookdale iron, changed the course of the world. See stunning exhibits, exquisite art castings and functional cookware all made from iron. Stop by the brand-new destination restaurant, the Furnace Kitchen, now open for all visitors. Things To See CAST-IRON CRAZY Be wowed […]

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Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Prison

Shrewsbury Prison is a recently (2013) decommissioned Victorian jail where you can walk in the footsteps of our social history and listen whilst an ex prison officer shines a light on what life was like for both the incarcerated and those who guarded them through the ages. The huge site (ideal for social distancing) is open […]

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Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) can be found within Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, right in the centre of Shrewsbury town.  We can help visitors to the town with information on the town, on what there is to see and do, how to get around the county and how to get the most out of […]

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Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Cathedral

The Cathedral was designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin, and was completed in 1856. The building was paid for by Bertram, Earl of Shrewsbury, who died three months before its completion. It was he who chose the dedication and wished to take the name of Shrewsbury. Amongst the glories of the Gothic Cathedral are its stained […]

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Shrewsbury

Shropshire Tours

We provide tours in a comfortable car or modern coach in Shropshire and surrounding areas for single travellers or couples or pre-organised groups. Let us show you around Shropshire, Wales and further afield to reveal hidden treasures. One, two, or three-day Tours based on the Brother Cadfael stories are a speciality of ours. Each tour […]

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Ludlow

Ludlow Castle

Welcome to Ludlow Castle, one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside at the heart of the superb, bustling black & white market town of Ludlow. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the […]

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Llanfair Caereinion

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Welcome to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6-inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of everyday life. Built as a […]

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Much Wenlock

Much Wenlock Priory

The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia, whose abbess daughter Milburge was hailed as a saint. Her relics were miraculously re-discovered here in 1101, attracting both pilgrims and prosperity to […]

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Shrewsbury

Hawkstone Park Follies

Enjoy the great outdoors and take in all that Shropshire has to offer at Hawkstone Park Follies. The world-famous 18th Century ruins are surrounded by epic grasslands, outstanding views, inviting caves and tremendous trolls! Perfect for any budding explorers, or someone who just wants to get out and about in the great outdoors, there’s plenty […]

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Ironbridge

Jackfield Tile Museum

Tiles everywhere! The Victorians were on a mission – to make tiles and to use them. Jackfield was once at the very heart of British tile production and here you can see why. Walk amongst the very best examples in-situ at a recreated pub, tube station, church and more. See stunning friezes, epic story-telling panels […]

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