Luxury cottages Shropshire

With its selection of luxury cottages Shropshire is a great location for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. Beautiful undiscovered countryside, historic towns and a World Heritage Site, there’s so much to see and do for visitors to Shropshire. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Shropshire.

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Best places to visit in Shropshire

If you are looking for luxury cottages Shropshire is the place for you.

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth perches on a cliff above the River Severn and is famous for its funicular railway which links the ‘high’ and ‘low’ towns and is the oldest funicular railway in inland England.

Church Stretton

Church Stretton, with its celebrated Stretton Antiques Market, is sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland because of its character and location at the foot of the Long Mynd. This great ridge dominates south Shropshire with many fine walks in the area. Steep narrow valleys (known locally as hollows) dissect the moorland including Carding Mill Valley above Church Stretton, which is in the care of the National Trust.

Ironbridge

Ironbridge

The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

It is hard to believe that this beautiful stretch of the River Severn was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has now softened the landscape and reclaimed the riverbanks and a tour around the area on foot is a great  way to appreciate it. There are ten absorbing museums to visit, telling the history of this fascinating place, named after the iconic iron bridge, that can be visited en-route.

Ludlow

Ludlow

Ludlow

Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. Ludlow was described by John Betjeman as ‘the loveliest town in England’ and by Country Life as ‘the most vibrant small town in the country’. There is almost always something going on: regular festivals take place in or around the Norman castle; speciality markets in the town square; in the season, National Hunt racing; not to mention all the good eating available, including Michelin-starred restaurants and the famous Food Festival in September.

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns The old centre is almost encircled by the meandering River Severn and steep, winding streets rise from the riverside and are lined with distinctive black and white half-timbered houses. Many of the streets have strange names such as Dogpole and Mardol, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane while the town’s Shuts and Passages are a unique maze of narrow alleys, which criss-cross the centre.

Top ten things to do in Shropshire

By selecting one of our luxury cottages Shropshire and its many attractions can be discovered.

1. Ride on the oldest funicular railway

Take a ride on the oldest inland funicular railway in England which links the ‘low’ town of Bridgnorth on the banks of the River Severn with the ‘high’ town perched on the lift above.

2. Go bargain hunting for antiques

The Antiques Market in Church Stretton is a great place to go bargain hunting. With over fifty different dealers spread over several floors there is an amazing range of items on offer, ranging from curios to classics, all to be bargained for.

3. Get a taste of Britain’s best Food Festival

Ludlow bustles with events and festivals throughout the year. The main event of the year is the Ludlow Food Festival held every September, with a smaller Spring Festival held in May. The Food Festival – probably the best in Britain – has grown considerably since it started in 1995 yet remains faithful to its original aim of highlighting the great food and drink available in the surrounding area.

4. Have some Medieval fun

The Green Man Festival is a traditional springtime festival, held over three days of the May Day Bank Holiday in the lovely small town of Clun. The programme is full of live music, drama, and Medieval fun for all the family.

5. Cycle along the Edge

Shropshire is a great county for cycling – lots of quiet country lanes through lovely landscapes and good guides available. A popular route starts in Church Stretton passes Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and continues to Wenlock Edge and back (14 miles), and offers a spur to Craven Arms, with the option of returning by train.

6. Take a steam train ride along the Severn Valley

There is no better way to see the beauty of the River Severn than from a steam train. The Severn Valley Railway runs between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster, a journey of about 16 miles, through the valley.

7. See where Rome wasn’t built in a day

Take a tour around the fascinating ruins of Wroxeter, once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, and explore the new Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’. The programme followed six modern builders as they constructed the house using traditional Roman methods.

Long Mynd

Long Mynd

8. Climb up the Long Mynd

The great summit ridge of the Long Mynd dominates south Shropshire and there are many fine walks in the area. One of the most popular routes onto the ridge is from the National Trust’s Carding Mill Valley above Church Stretton, one of the steep, narrow valleys dissecting the moorland.

 

9. Take a trip back in time to a working Victorian farm

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the last century. Recently featured on BBC TV’s ‘Victorian Farm’, visitors are transported back in time to the days of shire horses, hay ricks and milkmaids. There are daily demonstrations including heavy horses working the land and milkmaids milking by hand.

Ironbridge

Ironbridge

10. Walk around the cradle of the Industrial Revolution

It is hard to believe that this beautiful stretch of the River Severn was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has now softened the landscape and reclaimed the riverbanks and a tour around the area on foot is an enjoyable way to appreciate it. There are ten absorbing museums to visit, telling the history of this fascinating place, named after the iconic iron bridge, that can be visited en-route.

 

When it comes to luxury cottages Shropshire has a great selection to suit everyone. So, why not browse our selection and see what catches your eye?

Little Gable, luxury cottage in Little Hereford, Shropshire Check availability Little Gable, Little Hereford, Shropshire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £383675 per week * Ref: GCG5120
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Little Gable is a smartly furnished detached barn conversion which enjoys lovely country views and is close to Ludlow, 'the loveliest town in England' according to John Betjeman....