Shropshire is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties, making it an ideal destination for relaxing countryside escapes. The county blends nature, ancient history and industrial heritage, providing a wealth of attractions and activities to see and do. In the north are the flat, fertile lowlands where most of the population lives, while in the south are rolling hills, deep valleys and thick woodlands. Dividing the two landscapes is the River Severn, the longest river in Britain, which feeds the county’s extensive canal network and on which sit several historic towns and villages.
Places to go in Shropshire
Nowhere in Shropshire does nature and industrial heritage combine so seamlessly than at the Ironbridge Gorge, a deep gorge formed by the River Severn that is straddled by the famous Iron Bridge. The bridge and surrounding 700 acres of woodland, grassland and other countryside have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you check out Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Museum of The Gorge and the Coalport China Museum. Away from the gorge, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and Daniels Mill are worth a visit. Shropshire also boasts more than 30 castles and other historic sites that you’ll enjoy wandering around, many of which are set within nature reserves or landscaped gardens. Among the most significant are the ruins of the Roman town of Viroconium, thought to have been the fourth largest Roman settlement in Britain. The 8th Century earthwork Offa's Dyke, meanwhile, is the longest archaeological monument in Britain and is flanked by a popular long-distance footpath.
Our Top Picks in Shropshire
We want you to enjoy the best that Shropshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Step back in time and find out what it was like living in a Victorian Shropshire town in the late 19th Century. Blists Hill is an open air museum that recreates the sights, sounds and smells of the area’s industrial past. The town features buildings including a brickworks, sweet shop and pub, all of which are manned by costumed performers. Exchange your pounds and pence in the local bank for farthings and sixpences and hit the high street.
Shropshire Union Canal
Once the main transportation route for raw materials mined in the area, the Shropshire Union Canal now provides a picturesque backdrop for walkers, boaters, anglers and naturalists. Why not rent a canal boat for a day and explore the narrow waterways and rolling countryside. There are a number of towns, villages and historical sites to stop off and check out along the canal. And if you get hungry or thirsty, there are plenty of canalside pubs serving traditional country food and drink.
Although not the highest hill in Shropshire, the Wrekin is arguably the most iconic. The hill forms the north-easterly tip of the Shropshire Hills and towers some 400 metres over the plain below. The hill boasts great foot and cycle paths that extend across the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The summit offers breathtaking panoramic views of the patchwork of countryside below.
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