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Shropshire

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Shropshire, maybe one of England's quiet counties but don't be deceived; there's still plenty to see and do. Cottages and lodges are set in beautiful settings. Shropshire has over 90 places to visit - historic houses and castles with beautiful gardens, the famous Ironbridge, museums and family attractions. Shropshire has many traditional market towns including gourmet Ludlow and the county town of Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury, almost surrounded by the River Severn and birthplace of Charles Darwin, is a medieval delight of black and white buildings.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 12.04°c Low 4.36°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 19.28°c Low 11.33°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 13.3°c Low 7.05°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.62°c Low 1.11°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Shropshire

Within these timeless landscapes there are charming market towns each with its own distinctive character: Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. Among enticing streets and alleyways you will find antique and craft shops, inns and teashops rubbing shoulders with traditional grocers, butchers and bakers. So whether you're seeking horticultural sanctuary or historical stimulation, amusement or distraction, Shropshire has something for everyone; award winning museums, renowned gardens, distinctive National Trust and English Heritage properties, fascinating farm attractions, abbeys and churches, street markets, speciality shops and craft centres, and unspoilt countryside to explore.

Ludlow

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Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town with quaint cottages, luxury lodges and an architectural gem with a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are situated on a cliff above the River Teme and are surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. Ludlow is an excellent base for walking and cycling; as well as exploring the rest of Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

Market Drayton

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Cottage holidays are a favourite. The town is full of historic character and charm, making it an important tourist destination for Shropshire’s 10 million annual visitors. This, combined with its strong enterprise culture, and stunning local amenities such as Hawkstone Park Golf Club (recently voted one of the best Golf Courses in the world) creates a truly desirable place to live, work and visit. The town is home to a wide and vibrant range of businesses from small independent shops, food and drink manufacturers supplying national retail chains.

Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth cottages are beautiful and idyllic. Bridgnorth, in reality, is two towns: The High Town (good views down) and the Low Town (good views up). Now connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain. The Low Town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the High Town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. Charles I, lost his head here completely, declaring the view to be “the finest in all my kingdom”. The more energetic amongst you can amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above.

LOCAL CUISINE

Shropshire is a proud producer of Blue Cheese & Market Drayton Gingerbread which the locals like to dunk in port. Shropshire Pie made with rabbit and pork dates back to the eighteenth century and originally contained oysters and artichoke bottoms. The Shrewsbury Cake or Shrewsbury Biscuit is an English dessert made from batter and nutmeg and one of the most popular biscuits in India. The Ludlow Food Festival is the best-known annual festival of its kind in Britain.

GETTING HERE

Shropshire connects to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. The A49, A5, A53, A458 all make Shropshire easily accessible. Shropshire is approximately 3 hours from London, an hour or so from Manchester and only 40 minutes from Birmingham. If you would like to leave the car at home, Shropshire is linked by regular main line rail services. Although Shropshire is inland, the county is well serviced by Britain's extensive waterways. The Shropshire Union Canal is Shropshire's main canal.