THINGS TO SEE AND DO
PG Wodehouse described Shropshire as “the nearest earthly place to paradise”. When you visit, we hope you will agree. It offers a bewitching mix of the best of English countryside, country houses and ancient castles, characterful towns and villages, and excellent food and drink.
Church Stretton is an historic small market town, offering a range of pubs and eateries. There is a station with services to Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Hereford. The town provides direct access to the Shropshire hills: to the east up to Ragleth Hill and Caer Caradoc and to the west on to the rugged expanse of the Long Mynd, which is owned and managed by the National Trust.
South Shropshire offers further walking on Wenlock Edge, immortalised in Housman’s poetry, and the wilder hills around Clun, including a well-preserved section of Offa’s Dyke.
The area includes a number of characterful historic towns: Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock. In particular, Ludlow, with its impressive castle, features regular markets in the town square and is a well-known centre for food including a festival each September.
Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, is a grand stately home and park run by the National Trust. Just over the border in Wales lies Powis Castle, also National Trust, with its romantic battlements and exquisite terraced grounds. English Heritage manages Stokesay Castle, between Church Stretton and Ludlow, which is a delightful medieval fortified manor house, from the days when the England-Wales borderlands still saw violence.
Although Shropshire is now a secluded rural county, it also ushered in the industrial revolution in the Ironbridge gorge, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorge is home to the world’s first major bridge constructed from iron in 1779.