One of England’s most rural and sparsely populated counties, Shropshire has won many accolades as a great place to visit.


Beautiful landscapes and interesting medieval market towns provide endless possibilities to entertain and inspire the whole family in Shropshire.

In this Olympic year why not start your day in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, right on the edge of the Black Country and home to the Wenlock Olympian Games set up by Dr. William Penny Brookes in 1850?

Dr. Brookes is credited as a founding father of the Modern Olympic Games –the Wenlock Games are still contested in the town every July.

Just down the road is the UNESCO world heritage site of Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the UK’s longest river - the River Severn - which is still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge.

Shrewsbury, the medieval county town of Shropshire, has many attractions. As the birthplace of Charles Darwin visitors can see where the famous English naturalist grew up and searched for species.

For a breath of fresh air on a sunny day The Quarry, a 29 acre riverside park, provides perfect picnic spots.

Attingham Park is a National Trust estate dating from 1785, which boasts a stately home, walled garden, play area, deer park, family trails, and cafés.

Don’t forget to jump on board a steam-hauled train on the Severn Valley Railway to visit Bridgnorth, a small market town that marks the end of the SVR line. The route follows the River Severn for most of the way and one highlight is crossing the River Severn over the Victoria Bridge - a massive 200-foot single span structure, high above the water.

Bridgnorth is also home to Britain's oldest and steepest Inland electric funicular railway – The Cliff Railway. For lunch with a magnificent view you can picnic on the castle walk/castle gardens at the top.

For more ideas of place to visit, check out the Shropshire Tourism website.


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