Just a stone’s throw away from the big city buzz of Birmingham, the rural county of Shropshire is perfect for your next staycation break. Home to some of the UK’s most stunning areas of natural beauty, Shropshire is famous as the birthplace of modern industry. The riverside town of Ironbridge became the centre of iron smelting in the late 18th century.
From heart-pumping walks through the Shropshire Hills, exploring ancient Roman ruins and medieval castles, to wandering the cobbled streets of pretty market towns and villages, there is something for everyone to enjoy – including an abundance of vintage and retail stores for those who can’t resist a bit of shopping.
Shropshire offers plenty of accommodation options, from romantic getaways and family holidays to writing retreats for would-be novelists.
Places to visit in Shropshire
Towns and villages in Shropshire are rich in culture and history. The market towns are a joy to visit, whether for the tasty treats in the independent cafes or restaurants showcasing the best local produce and hand-made crafts in shops. Here are a few you should venture to:
A medieval market town that seamlessly blends old with new. Outdoor markets line the streets weekly, and the centre is home to numerous shops (independent and retail) with various places to eat, drink and enjoy.
The scenic birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Museums and heritage sites galore, Ironbridge is bursting with history.
A market town where Ludlow Castle ruins are worth a visit. Ludlow is situated on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, making it the perfect starting point for your walks.
Castles in Shropshire
Stretching across Shropshire, there are several castles worth exploring. Act out your royal fantasies by making these castles a stop on your itinerary.
Although not technically a castle, Stokesay Castle in Ludlow is a stunning piece of history. Step back into the 13th century with a visit to this medieval manor house and enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding area.
The medieval ruins of Ludlow Castle give you a glimpse of what life was like for the kings and queens of yore. Enjoy the surrounding area packed with shops and places to eat.
The ruins of Whittington Castle are perfect for exploring before settling down for a bite to eat at the charming tearoom on site. The tranquil area is ideal for a calming trip.
Shropshire Hills and walks
Shropshire is the place to be for those wanting an active break. The county has acres of luscious green space, suitable for walks with or without a canine friend:
The views from the summit of The Wrekin are guaranteed to take your breath away. The bonus: different routes to the top vary in degrees of difficulty, so there’s no excuse to miss out.
A designated Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Shropshire Hills offer some of the best walks in the county that encompass heritage sites and spectacular views and wildlife aplenty.
The Mere at Ellesmere
An award-winning park that features a lake and gardens. Enjoy a stroll with views of the lake or one of the many canal routes close by, then explore the market town of Ellesmere.
Things to do in Shropshire
There are plenty of things to do and see while staying in Shropshire.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Full of art across decades and historical artefacts from Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Museum is a wonderful place to educate yourself and your children.
West Midlands Safari Park
This safari and leisure park brings you face to face with over 165 exotic and beautiful endangered animals species. Plus, it has a mini theme park!
The Shropshire Distillery
The Shropshire Distillery tells the history of gin-making while offering tasting samples. You can even learn how to make your own gin.
This 18th-century Palladian mansion sits in 200 acres of gardens and parkland that begs to be explored.
Places to stay in Shropshire
No matter the size of your group, there are plenty of accommodation options available for the perfect stay in Shropshire. You’ll be spoilt for choice from self-catering and boutique bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels.
Self-catering cottages in Shropshire
An idyllic area like Shropshire deserves to be experienced in a cottage to match. There are cottages to suit families, couples, solo, and even dog-friendly ones.
Luxury hotels in Shropshire
If you’re planning a trip away for a special occasion or a spa break, then we recommend these hotels:
Albright Hussey – A manor house near Shrewsbury with fine dining.
Hawkstone Hall – This Grade I listed 18th Century mansion offers four-poster luxury suites with roll-top tubs.
Lion Quays Hotel and Spa – A water-side resort, perfect for a pamper in the countryside.
Boutique bed and breakfasts in Shropshire
B&Bs are a great way to get that homely feel while still feeling like royalty. Try these boutique B&Bs – perfect for a romantic getaway.
The Old Hall Cressage – Situated in the quaint village of Cressage, the Old Hall is a luxury boutique B&B hosting designer-decorated rooms with stunning views. The part-timbered 16th-century building is located within driving distance of all the major towns, making it perfect for exploring Shropshire. Dog-friendly rooms are available too.
Chilton House Oswestry – Sitting close to the Welsh-English border, Chilton House is a quirky and comfortable bed and breakfast in the centre of Oswestry. Ideal for a day trip into Wales or for exploring the county of Shropshire.