Shropshire Things to Do

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Shropshire Things to Do

  • Ironbridge

    Ironbridge Things to Do

    The Ironbridge crosses the River Severn and connects Coalbrookdale with Broseley; it was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron, a material which previously had been too expensive for large structures. Constructed to the plans of Thomas Pritchard, work on the bridge began in 1775 and ended in 1779, opening January 1781. The...

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  • Shrewsbury

    Shrewsbury is famed for its castle, spires, abbey, parklands, over 660 historic listed buildings (including timber-framed medieval houses), steep narrow streets and alleyways. Must see sights include: The Quarry (a 29 acre riverside park), Shrewsbury Museum & Art gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and some of the nine bridges that span the River Severn to...

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  • Ironbridge

    Ironbridge is located on the River Severn in the heart of Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire. The town takes its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 100 foot (30 metres) cast iron bridge built across the river in 1779. This market town was once home to heavy industry and iron works. Must see sights include: Ironbridge Gorge, Blists Hill Victorian Town...

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  • Lilleshall Abbey

    Lilleshall Abbey is an Augustinian abbey in Shropshire, England, today located 6 miles north of Telford. It was founded between 1145 and 1148 and followed the austere customs and observance of the Abbey of Arrouaise in northern France.The church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries. Its size and magnificence indicates it had wealthy...

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  • Wenlock Olympian Games

    Much Wenlock, earlier known as Wenlock, is a small town in central Shropshire, England. It is situated on the A458 road between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth. Nearby, to the northeast, is the Ironbridge Gorge, and the new town of Telford. The town holds the Wenlock Olympian Games set up by Dr William Penny Brookes in 1850. Dr Brookes is credited as a...

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  • Wenlock Priory

    Wenlock Priory, or St Milburga's Priory, is a ruined 12th century monastery, located in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. The foundation was a part of the Cluniac order, which was refounded in 1079 and 1082, on the site of an earlier 7th century monastery, by Roger de Montgomery. It is thought to be the final resting place of Saint Milburga, whose bones...

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  • Buildwas Abbey

    The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad was founded in 1135 by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Coventry (1129–1148) as a Savignac monastery and was inhabited by a small community of monks from Furness Abbey. The stone from which it was built was quarried in the nearby settlement of Broseley. The abbey's location near the border of Wales meant it...

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  • The most famous ironworks in the world

    Step inside the mighty Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and explore the remains of the water powered blast furnace where Abraham Darby I perfected the smelting of iron with coke instead of charcoal. Also you can marvel at the great skill of the Coalbrookdale craftsmen in a fabulous display of domestic and decorative ironwork. View fantastic works of...

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  • Darby Houses

    Discover rooms packed with original family furniture, china, mementoes, costumes and family papers inside Rosehill House and Dale House. You can marvel at the Darby family collections and view the desk Abraham Darby III may have used when planning the Iron Bridge. Fancy abit of fun? then you can dress up in period costumes or the children can take...

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  • RAF Museum Cosford

    The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is located in Shropshire and offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the entire family. Situated next to an active airfield, this is the only place in the Midlands where you can get close to so many breathtaking aircraft for free. Over 70 aircraft of international importance are housed in three Wartime Hangars...

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  • Tar Tunnel

    The Tar Tunnel is located on the north bank of the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge at Coalport, England, and now forms part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Miners struck a gushing spring of natural bitumen, a black treacle-like substance, when digging a canal tunnel for the Coalport Canal in 1787. The plan was to connect the canal...

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  • Coalport China Museum

    Explore the exquisite National Collections of Coalport and Caughley China in the magnificent listed buildings that were home to the famous Coalport China Factory until 1926. You can discover displays and demonstrations explaining the history and techniques of china making.

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  • Jackfield Tile Museum

    Galleries show exquisite examples of individual tiles and period room settings depict various locations that would have been decorated with tiles. You can walk through an Edwardian Tube Station, the bar of an Hotel, a children's hospital ward and a 1930s 'front room'.Huge panels depicting mediaeval stories and nursery rhyme scenes have been rescued...

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  • Blists Hill Victorian Town

    Blists Hill Victorian Town, originally called Blists Hill Open Air Museum, was opened in 1973, and has been slowly growing ever since. The museum's buildings fall into one of three categories: buildings that were already part of the industrial site (e.g. the brickworks); buildings that simply represent a generic type (e.g. the sweet shop), some...

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  • Boscobel House

    Boscobel House was built in about 1632, when John Giffard of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge. The Giffard family were Roman Catholics, at a time when the religion suffered persecution. Tradition holds that the true purpose of Boscobel was to serve as a secret place for the shelter of Catholics in times of need....

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  • White Ladies Priory

    Ruins of the late 12th century church of a small nunnery of 'white ladies' or Augustinian canonesses. Charles II hid nearby in 1651, before moving to Boscobel House.

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  • Hodnet Hall Gardens

    If you enjoy visiting gardens then Hodnet is a special place for you. The gardens are extensive and quite stunning and will take a couple of hours to get round. You will need to check their website or call them for opening days before you go because the gardens are only open on limited days throughout the year.The village of Hodnet is in north...

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  • RAF Museum Cosford

    If you are interested in the history of the RAF, Britain's role in the Cold War or just have an interest in general aviation then this is a must see museum.The museum is part of the RAF base at Cosford and is spread across three huge hangers.The highlights include: a Vulcan bomber, Jaguar fighter, WWII planes such as the Spitfire and the Mustang...

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  • Attingham Hall & Park

    One of the truly great Shropshire sights. Attingham Hall is a country house on a grand scale that is set in a huge estate a few miles south east of Shrewsbury near the village of Atcham.The house is over 200 years old (built in 1785) and was the home of the Berwick family until the 1950's and is now owned by the National Trust.The exterior of the...

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  • Claverley's Frescoes

    In the picturesque village of Claverley in south Shropshire is the village church - All Saints - which dates to the Norman period (12th century) and is a fine sandstone church who's style is common to the area. The church is a grade 1 listed building and also has the status Templar Church bestowed on it. The main reason for visiting though are the...

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  • Lilleshall

    Lilleshall is a village in Shropshire about 7 miles east of Telford. It's quite famous amongst sporting fans as the Football Association has a school of excellence here and there is also a golf club.What many people don't know though is the extensive ruins of a former Augustinian abbey nestled among the farmers fields.The abbey is open from May...

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  • St Bartholomew's church Tong

    St Bartholomew's church in the village of Tong is one of the most harmonious and interesting churches not just in Shropshire but I'd say the whole of England.The layout for a start is different from most parish churches having a central octagonal tower instead of the more traditional west front.The church is 600 years old and has been called...

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  • Castles

    Shropshire is rich in castles. We have many different types from different periods in history. My tip is to see three of our finest and most diverse castle in a day. You will need a car if you want to see all three but two can be seen if you are using bus and/or trains.I suggest you start in the market town of Ludlow. Here there is a fine Norman...

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  • Whittington Castle

    If you had time you could probably add this to the tip about visiting 3 Shropshire Castles in a day but I think you'd be pushing it. There's not a great deal to see to be truthful but the castle that stands in Whittington village about 6 miles from Oswestry is just so picture postcard perfect. The quintessential English moated castle ruins with a...

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  • Ellesmere

    You should combine a trip here with a visit to nearby Whittington and Chirk and the combination of all three places makes for a great day out.Ellesmere is a pleasant little town in north Shropshire about 20 miles north of Shrewsbury and 10 miles east of Oswestry.The attraction at Ellesmere though is the lake (or more accurately, the mere). It is a...

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  • Abbeys

    The one thing that Shropshire lacks is a cathedral. Shropshire comes under the diocese of Lichfield in Staffordshire.What we do have though are some fine abbeys and this tip will direct you to three of the finest.Starting at Ironbridge Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where the ruined Cistercian abbey of Buildwas sits on the banks of the river...

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  • Visit Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms

    This perfect little 13th Century fortified Manor House has remained largely unchanged since 1291. On one of the last visits we made it was shrouded in scaffolding which was a great pity - because we had our cameras with us that day! Please note this is a high maintenance property!Fortunately it is in the care of English Heritage and their web site...

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  • Hiking for the hearty

    The Long Mynde is often called little Switzerland for it's incredible hills and valleys. Of course it is nothing on the scale of the alps, this is England after all, but on a clear day you can see forever, and though relatively small, it is deceptive how demanding some of the trails through the mynde can be. Stout boots, weather-proofs and distress...

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  • Buildwas Abbey

    Another Ruined Abbey in the Telford area. This one on the opposite side of Telford to the Lilleshall Abbey.You will have to pay to go around this Ruin, however by walking around the Nature Trail ajoining the Abbey you will see alot of the ol buildings.By the way Buildwas is pronounced Buildas, the "w" is silent as in "answer".

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  • The Wrekin

    The Wrekin is the largest hill in the Telford area. At the top is a triangulation point and communication/broadcasting equipment.It's a reasonable climb and anyone half fit would be able to have a go (at whatever pace they want!). The views from the top over Shropshire are great. You can also see all the neighbouring county's as well as Wales out...

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  • The Wrekin from Lilleshall

    Lilleshall is a village on the outskirts of Telford on the way towards Newport. It's easy to find as it is the only village with an Obilisk at the top of one of the hills!Lilleshall is another one of those sleepy English villages - a visit on a Saturday in the summer would probably allow you to witness a local cricket match, a wedding in the church...

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  • River Severn near Buildwas

    You can get to this part of the River Severn by taking the country walk which starts next to Buildwas Abbey near Ironbridge.It's a very quiet area where the only people you'll meet are locals walking there dog and people fishing. This picture was taken in the middle of July and shows a very stormy looking sky!

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  • River Servern and the Wrekin from Cound

    The River Severn and the Wrekin can be viewed together at various locations between Shrewsbury and Telford. Cound is a small village between the slightly larger villages of Cross Houses and Cressage near Shrewsbury and Telford respectively.The Riverside Inn is a lovely local tavern with excellent views at the back of the pub.For more information...

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  • Many Views of the Wrekin

    The Wrekin is the large climb which you can see from any direction if you are in the Telford area. It's the one with the TV mask on top.Lovely views of Shropshire from the top, the view here is taken from Leighton - a small village about 2 miles from Ironbridge.

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  • The River Severn at Leighton near...

    The River Severn runs through Shrewsbury on it's way to through various other villages, such as Buildwas (silent w), Ironbridge and then then out of Shropshire south.There are fantastic views of the Severn all across Shropshire. This is one of the photos taken from just off the A4169 close to Buildwas near a village called Leighton.You must click...

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  • IRONBRIDGE

    The town of Ironbridge is the home of the first iron bridge hence its name, there are some nice shops and restraunts hereThere is a toll house and museum at the bridge, small but quite interesting

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  • WIGHTWICK MANOR

    This is a beautiful late victorian manor house furnished with William Morris fabrics and containing a Pre - Raphaelite art collection. There are lovely grounds to stroll in and a tea shop for refreshments.The property is managed by the National Trust and the house is still occupied by members of the Mander family

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