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Things to do in Shropshire

There’s plenty to do in Shropshire to fill a day out, from the seemingly limitless countryside to historic houses and the industrial revolution.

With rolling countryside, Shropshire is perfect for pursuing outdoor activities. Discover the Milky Way with the naked eye from locations around Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, which have been certified with Dark Sky Discovery Site status or jump on your mountain bike and take a trail through the open heathland, cooling down with wild swimming in the reservoir. Fill a weekend in the landscapes of the Shropshire Hills, which has been named an area of outstanding natural beauty, walk Offa’s Dyke or ride through bridleways passing historic towns and villages to experience heritage, geology and wildlife.

The River Severn cuts through the centre of Shropshire, passing through many of the county’s towns. Take a picturesque walk along the bank of the river and look out for the playful population of otters. Experience the beauty of the River Severn from the Severn Valley Railway, the historic steam-hauled passenger trains travel from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster along the Severn Valley.

History buffs and families should add Ironbridge Gorge Museums to the top of their places to visit in Shropshire, including the Coalport China Museum, the Museum of the Gorge and the Tar Tunnel. Swap your change for shillings and immerse yourself in Blists Hill Victorian Town, with authentic tradespeople, from printers to candle makers, in action across the historic town.

If you’re wondering what to do in Shropshire, visit the 18th-centuary National Trust owned Attingham Park. Explore the parklands surrounding the estate or trace the history of the Berwick family through bankruptcy and restoration. For a taste of aristocratic life, visit Stokesay Castle near Ludlow, the fortified medieval manor house is one of the best-preserved in England, with a great hall that has been unchanged for 700 years.

Brings kids for a family day out in Shropshire and discover plenty of things to do at Acton Scott Working Farm, see how daily life on a traditional 19th-century farm would unfold through up-close experience with real-life farm animals. Or delve into the eclectic Land of the Lost Content Museum in Craven Arms, the museum is crammed with a collection of items that belonged to ordinary people of the last century.

The cobbled streets of Shrewsbury are packed with cocktail lounges ready to shake and stir your perfect drink and a thriving real ale scene. Discover places to eat out in Shropshire with menus across the town ranging from seriously good burgers to fine Italians, expert Asian cuisine and the freshest fish dishes. If you’re in Shrewsbury for a weekend, indulge in the flourishing café culture, with expert baristas opening in spots across the town to suit every taste.

The perfect mix of eclectic independents and high street names, there are plenty of places to shop in Shropshire. Visit the boutiques tucked away in winding streets and shuts in Shrewsbury alongside the Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centres.

The cobbled streets of Shrewsbury are packed with cocktail lounges ready to shake and stir your perfect drink and a thriving real ale scene.