Close Attractions

For those interested in leisure pursuits North Shropshire offers

West Midlands Shooting Ground at nearby Hodnet offers Clay shooting,
4x4 Driving, Archery, Quad Bikes & Helicopters Tel: 01939 200611

Fishing - see www.shropshiretourism.info for more details

Golf at Hawkstone Park where Sandy Lyle learnt to play golf

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Horse riding in Market Drayton www.ridingschool.org

Horse Racing
- Chester Races www.chester-races.co.uk
- Bangor-on-Dee Races www.bangordee.co.uk Tel: 01978 780323

Walking at www.hawkstonepark.co.uk

Rally Driving at the Shropshire Rally School in Prees near Whitchurch www.rallyschool.co.uk

Family attractions include

Ironbridge Gorge & Museums just south of Telford
(fantastic...what ever your age!),Ironbridge Gorge-World Heritage Site ~ includes the impresssive Ironbridge & Tollhouse, Blists Hill Victorian Museum, Broseley Pipeworks, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalport China Museum, Tar Tunnel, Coalbrookdale Museum Of Iron & Darby Houses, the Museum of The Gorge & their newest interactive attraction Enginuity. Far too much to see in one day, so we would recommend that you purchase a "Passport ticket" which grants you entry to all 10 museums in the Ironbridge Gorge & then allows you to return any time in the future to see the sites that you have missed www.ironbridge.org.uk/ironbridge/

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom near Telford,

Park Hall the Country Experience in Oswestry,

Chester Zoo,

The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford,

Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth,

Alton Towers in Staffordshire.

The Seven Valley Railway at Bridgnorth
~ is a full-size standard-gauge line running regular steam-hauled
passenger trains for the benefit of tourists and enthusiasts alike
between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire,
a distance of 16 miles. The journey is full of interest, for the route follows
closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way

For over a century Bridgnorth Cliff Railway has been transporting the
people of Bridgnorth up and down the 111 ft sandstone cliffs that separate
High Town from Low Town and the River Severn.
It is first and foremost a working railway; its importance to both the
townspeople of Bridgnorth and to visitors to the town is undiminished
by age.

There are numerous historic gardens in the area

Wollerton Old Hall Gardens,
Hodnet Hall Gardens
Hawkstone Park & Follies
Dorothy Clive Gardens

The Shropshire Union Canal

The Shropshire Union Canal runs through - Market Drayton &Whitchurch, and then at Ellesmere it
separates into the Llangollen Branch & the Montgomery Canal.

The National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk which includes
Attingham Park,
Chirk Castle,
Powis Castle,
Sunnycroft,
Erddig,
Biddulph Grange Garden,
Bodnant Gardens

Historic Places

Chatsworth House

Weston Park

Market Drayton ~ has baked Gingerbread in the town for over
two hundred years, using the same traditional recipe
(the contents of which are a clsoely guarded secret).
Wednesday is the weekly indoor, street & cattle market.
A canal-side walk along the towpath from the wharf-side cottages
at Tyrley can be punctuated by a light lunch or pot of tea at
The Canalside Emporium.....a haven for those transport enthusiasts
with its model railway that runs above the tables.

Ludlow ~ is a bustling market town with fascinating black & white building.
Its fine Medieval Castle is the venue for an annual international
Food Festival during the summer and Prince Charles recently visited
Ludlow Racecourse to open a new stand.

Ludlow Castle - venue for Ludlow's Annual Intl Food Festival

For those interested in ceramics
The Potteries, in Stoke is the ceramic capital of the world.
You can trace the history of Royal Doulton, Spode and
Wedgwood and the factory shops offer wonderful bargains

Royal-Doulton - www.royal-doulton.com/rd/visitors
Spode - www.spode.co.uk
Wedgwood - www.wedgwood.com
Gladstone Museum- a delight for the children too!
www.stoke.gov.uk/gladstone

And then there's the ladies favourite.......SHOPPING Shopping

The Market Towns of Market Drayton, Ellesmere,
Whitchurch, Wem, Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock,
Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ludlow

Shrewsbury is bustling with interesting, independent and individual shops.
Antiques, collectables, crafts and art deco; Designer clothes and
real hat shops; Bookshops old and new, maps; and
Delicatessens and fine wines.
The Park & Ride is highly recommended - leave your car for free
at The Harlescott Car Park (the livestock markt site) and then
get a bus (approx £0.90 return per person, running every 10 minutes)

Telford is a modern town with all the shops conveniently housed
under one roof. There is plenty of parking which is reasonably priced.

Travel a little bit further out to Manchester (approx 1 hours drive North)
to the spectacular Trafford Centre - modern shops, indoor market/craft
stalls, a food mall & a cinema

Or, visit Europe's largest outlet centre with over 140 stores -
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks
It's located just off J10 of the M53

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