Along with enjoying Shropshire's natural beauty, there are many places to visit and things to do in Shrewsbury and Shropshire. Whether you're on a family trip or a romantic getaway, there's something for everyone.
There is an excellent selection of National Trust and English Heritage sites to visit in Shropshire. History and art lovers will enjoy a fascinating array of museums and there are numerous independent shops and outdoor markets for shoppers to explore. And for those who like a walk on the wild side, a trip to the nearby West Midlands Safari Park is the perfect day out.
Shropshire castles to explore
Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval castle set in the Shropshire countryside at the heart of the market town of Ludlow. Wander through the ruins and take a peek into the ancient lives of kings, queens and nobles. The castle's rich history stretches back to 1066 as one of the first stone castles to be built in England by the Normans.
From the castle, you can look down on the River Teme, along with its nearby plethora of independent shops and restaurants nestled away in charming, medieval streets.
In North Shropshire, Whittington Castle is the remains of a 12th-century Marcher Norman castle and gatehouse. The castle is surrounded by beautiful meadows, mature grounds and a moat with resident swans.
The idyllic village of Whittington lends itself to pleasant walks with plenty of sights to catch the eye. If you're after a place to eat when visiting, the kitchen @ the castle serves excellent meals made with locally sourced produce, as well as coffee and refreshing afternoon tea.
An English Heritage site, Stokesay Castle is one of England's best-preserved medieval manor houses. Built at the end of the 13th century by a local merchant and one of the richest men in England, Laurence of Ludlow, it provides a thrilling insight into medieval life.
Take in the gorgeous views from the gable window of the Great Hall and admire the beautiful craftsmanship of the building. Stokesay's tearoom makes a great pitstop, with rural views of the Shropshire Hills. Enjoy a walk through the cottage-style gardens and explore the picturesque hamlet of Stokesay.
Places to visit in Shropshire
Shropshire is a treasure trove of places to discover. With its abundance of places to eat, Shropshire Hills walks, and seasonal events and festivals to enjoy, you'll want to keep returning year after year.
The medieval market town of Shrewsbury is just 8 miles away from the Old Hall. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs, a thriving market hall, independent shops and frequent outdoor markets in the town's historic square. The Severn Theatre and Old Market Hall cinema are very popular, along with the museum and Shrewsbury Castle.
A visit to Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, can fill many hours. The scenic gorge straddled by the world-famous Ironbridge has many museums and tours representing different aspects of Britain's industrial heritage. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy too!
Much Wenlock is our nearest town. It is a beautiful medieval town that has a host of small traditional shops, including the award-winning Paddy Ryan's Butchers, as well as a bakery, flower and gift shops, and pubs and restaurants. There are also some interesting circular walks which take you out into the countryside and back into the town.
Bridgnorth is a 20-minute drive away with its Cliff Railway and the Severn Valley Railway.
A few other places worth visiting include:
Attingham Park – An 18th-century National Trust estate with extensive grounds, a walled garden, deer park and mansion.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery – A fascinating museum that sits proudly in the town square. Established in 1835, it showcases historic artefacts and art from Shrewsbury and beyond.
Wroxeter Roman City – An historical landmark of what was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Explore a reconstructed townhouse, the remains of a bathhouse and delve into the history of Romans living over 2,000 years ago.
Acton Burnell Castle – The red sandstone shell of a 13th-century castle, understood to be the seat of the first parliament in 1283.
Buildwas Abbey – Remarkable ruins of a Cistercian abbey with a 12th-century church, chapter house and crypt chapel. Located close to the River Severn.
West Midlands Safari Park – Home to some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animal species with an amazing safari drive-through.
RAF Museum at Cosford – With free entry, The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford offers an entertaining day out for all.
The Shropshire Distillery – Perfect for a romantic break, the distillery holds tours with education and a history of gin – with plenty of opportunities for a sample. There are also gin experiences where you learn about the art of gin making and participate in making your own.
Shrewsbury Prison – Hailed as 'the world's most interactive prison', Shrewsbury prison has escape rooms, laser games and axe throwing. There are also guided and self-guided tours, including a ghost and tunnel tour – if you're brave enough!
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