We can understand why Shropshire was described by PG Wodehouse as “the nearest earthly place to paradise”…as one of the country’s most peaceful regions, the county’s been a haven for the work weary and those in need of some time out ever since the Romans fell in love with it way back when.
So where do we start? Well for one thing, thanks to its position and more than its share of shall we say, border conflicts over the centuries, Shropshire’s now home to more castles and hill forts than you can shake a spear at – and that means a whole selection of historic days out to choose from. Stokesay Castle is one of the county’s most impressive, and this 13th century English Heritage gem is actually one of the best preserved fortified manor houses in the whole country.
Then there’s medieval Shrewsbury. Shropshire’s county town is one of the most classic examples of a quintessential English market town, and it’s all winding narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses. Home to 600 listed buildings, the town has an effortlessly charming character that makes a visit a pleasure, and with the River Severn flowing quietly past it you can enjoy a wander beside the water or a trip on one of the pleasure boats during your visit. If you’re a sucker for a day in a market town then you’re in luck, you’ll find over 20 to visit throughout Shropshire, so make sure you bring your shopping bags.
A visit to Shropshire is also an opportunity to discover the Ironbridge Gorge and its role in the world’s industrial history. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums (there are 10 in total) dot the valley and are home to the very items that carved the way for industry. Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the collection’s most exciting days out, as it welcomes its visitors to experience the sounds, sights and even the smells of a Victorian town.