Shropshire is a wonderful county that is filled with exciting things to do and beautiful places to visit. So whilst visiting, why not check out the 5 best places to visit in Shropshire …..

1. Ironbridge

The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, one of only 19 World Heritage Sites located in England, is famous for being the birthplace of the Industrial revolution.  Boasting the first ever cast iron bridge built and still existing in pristine condition after its £3.6 million renovation in 2018.

Located just 10 minutes from Telford and 30 minutes from Shrewsbury, Ironbridge highlights a town that has progressed through the ages along the stunning backdrop of the River Severn.

Ironbridge hosts a variety of events throughout the year. This includes the annual WW2 weekend showing off military styles with armoured vehicles and a fly over the world famous Iron Bridge and the Festival of Imagination celebrating Ironbridge with a mix of art, poetry, workshops and a host of performers.

Central to Ironbridge is the river with a range of activities on offer. At Shropshire Raft Tours you can have a go paddling a large coracle or enjoy canoeing, rafting or supping on our giant paddle boards. Paddle under the world famous iron bridge and get that unique photo opportunity as you see the bridge from a totally different perspective. You can also discover the history of the area by visiting one of the many local museums.

With lots of independent shops and eateries you can enjoy a day out or stay in one of the local B&B’s or camping sites.

2. Ludlow/Craven Arms

Heading south in Shropshire you arrive at the historic town of Ludlow, a stunning location where all the foodies hang out!  This has a great market for food and local artisans open 5 days a week. The food festival kicks off in September and is a must visit!

Close to the town is Brown Clee Hill and at 1,772 feet, is the highest peak in Shropshire. Here you can enjoy your daily work out against a stunning back drop of the Shropshire countryside.

Visit the impressive ruins of Ludlow castle or the largest parish church in Shropshire to soak up the local history. There is also an abundance of shops and eateries in the town centre catering for all tastes.

Not far from Ludlow, Craven Arms is a small rural settlement named after The Craven Arms Inn. A little gem that packs a punch for the outdoor enthusiast this is a walking Mecca for those that like to get out and about.

There is a network of trails for walking, cycling and running in the area with prominent trails being found on the Long Mynd or a more moon based environment (tors of quartzite) of the Stiper Stones.

3. Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth is famous for its 2 levels of the town, High Town and Low Town.

Located downstream from Ironbridge, Bridgnorth sits on the banks of the River Severn and has lots to offer. Sitting high on sandstone cliffs, this market town has a bustling high street in High Town with shops, cafes and restaurants. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, when the weather is nice, you can visit Severn Park which is located on the banks of the River Severn in the Low Town.

The railway over the years has been a key influence on the town and is still used for visitors to the area . Take a ride on England’s oldest and steepest funicular railway which marries the two town levels together for those do not want to make the journey on foot!

4. Oswestry/Ellesmere

These two most northern towns of Shropshire are located close to the Welsh border. Oswestry is the larger town with a bustling combination of amenities and things to do.

As it is close to the Welsh border there is a huge link with past historical times of battle between the English and Welsh with Iron Age Hill Fort and castles located around the area.

Walking, cycling and bird watching are also a must with key trails that will get you into the Shropshire countryside in no time at all.

Not far from Oswestry is Ellesmere, nicknamed the Shropshire Lake District! With its picturesque crown jewel of the mere being its main attraction for visitors, they also hold a summer festival in August and, if you’re feeling athletic a triathlon event in September!

The main activities include walking, boating and fishing for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

5. Shrewsbury

Located on the banks of the River Severn is Shrewsbury. This gorgeous market town is best known as being the birthplace of Charles Darwin where his statue stands in pride of place by the town library, which was formerly Darwin’s school.

Its’ award winning park, the Quarry, is set by the river and hosts numerous festivals throughout the summer including the famous Flower Show in August.

With a range of black and white timber buildings and cobbled streets, enjoy a walk soaking up its’ history. The town centre has a mix of chain and independent shops and lots of restaurants and cafes to satisfy everyone’s taste.

When the sun is shining sit and relax in the park watching the world go by or enjoy a guided river boat trip. Stay in the one of the many local B&Bs and explore what the area has to offer.