Things to do in Shropshire

Shropshire, a county in Central England and the Midlands, is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and charming market towns. This picturesque region boasts a mix of medieval heritage and natural beauty, making it a captivating destination for visitors. From the rolling Shropshire Hills to the serene River Severn that meanders through its countryside, Shropshire offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Its rural setting is complemented by historic sites, including castles, abbeys, and ancient monuments that tell the story of England’s past.

The county town of Shrewsbury serves as the cultural heart of Shropshire, with its timber-framed buildings and winding streets offering a glimpse into medieval times. Meanwhile, Ludlow is renowned for its gastronomy, hosting food festivals that attract culinary enthusiasts from across the country. Whether you’re exploring Ironbridge Gorge, recognized as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoying outdoor activities in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Shropshire promises an unforgettable experience filled with discovery and delight.

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  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The museums offer a fascinating insight into Britain’s industrial heritage with interactive exhibits and preserved historical sites.
  • Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery: Located in the heart of Shrewsbury, this museum showcases an impressive collection ranging from pre-history to modern times. It’s housed in an old Victorian music hall and offers engaging exhibitions for all ages.
  • Ludlow Castle: Discover one of England’s finest medieval ruins set in beautiful countryside. Ludlow Castle hosts events throughout the year including festivals and fairs that bring history to life.
  • Attingham Park: This elegant mansion surrounded by extensive parkland provides insight into Regency England. Enjoy walks through picturesque gardens or explore the mansion’s opulent interiors.
  • Blists Hill Victorian Town: Step back in time at this open-air museum where you can experience life during Victorian times with costumed actors and authentic shops.
  • Stokesay Castle: Visit one of England’s best-preserved medieval manor houses offering breathtaking views and a glimpse into 13th-century life.
  • Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom: A great family day out featuring a range of animals from around the world including meerkats, owls, and reptiles alongside interactive experiences.
  • The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling or horse riding while taking in some of England’s most stunning landscapes.
  • The British Ironwork Centre: This unique attraction combines art with industry showcasing spectacular metal sculptures including dragons and gorillas amidst craft workshops.
  • Acton Scott Historic Working Farm: Experience farm life as it was in Victorian times at this living museum where traditional farming techniques are preserved.
  • Hawkstone Park Follies: An historic woodland fantasy with cliffs caves follies and surprises created over two centuries ago within 100 acres of stunning landscape offering adventures for explorers of all ages.
  • Severn Valley Railway: Take a step back in time on this full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire along the scenic River Severn valley.