Ironbridge – 1.1 miles
The World Heritage Sites of Ironbridge, Blists Hill Museum the working Victorian town and the 10 other museums in this group are just a mile from our doorstep. Though renown as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the main industrial elements have long-gone and the River Severn now flows through a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of rural Shropshire. The gorge is particularly scenic. Nearby are the famous Severn Valley Railway, Cosford Air Museum the largest in the country and many historic buildings and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Blists hill Victorian town
At Blists Hill Victorian Town you can meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces, see all the animals, enjoy a horse and cart ride or a cone of traditional Fish and Chips.
On arrival in the new Visitor Centre be amazed by our giant film show telling the story of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge.
Coalport china museum
Coalport China Museum houses vast displays of two centuries of china, and is home to National collections of Caughley and Coalport porcelain (housed in the original riverside buildings), which were made in the factory from 1796 until 1926 when production moved to the neighbouring county of Staffordshire.
Coalport was once one of the country’s largest porcelain manufacturers, with a worldwide reputation for fine china. Today the award-winning museum includes a range of exhibits tracing the history of the factory and the lives and working conditions of its workforce.
Wroxeter roman city
Once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, visitors to Wroxeter today can take a tour around the fascinating ruins, and explore the new Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.
Wroxeter (or ‘Viroconium’) was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It began as a legionary fortress and later developed into a thriving civilian city, populated by retired soldiers and traders. Though much still remains below ground, today the most impressive features are the 2nd century municipal baths and the remains of the huge wall dividing them from the exercise hall in the heart of the city.
Severn valley railway
For four decades, the Severn Valley Railway has graduated from relative obscurity to a prominent position in British railway preservation. Nowadays, the initials SVR are not solely part of the specialist jargon of keen railway enthusiasts, although the line is still happily invaded during the popular enthusiast weekends.
Increasingly, the general public has visited the line, thanks partly to extensive TV coverage, which has ensured that very few weeks pass without Severn Valley steam trains appearing on TV screens across the nation.
Cosford Air museum
The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is located in Shropshire and offers a fun, entertaining day out for all the entire family. Situated next to an active airfield, this is the only place in the Midlands where you can get close to so many breathtaking aircraft for free.
Over 70 aircraft of international importance are housed in three Wartime Hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. See the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber, just two of the highlights in the Warplanes Collection. In Test Flight, there is the TSR2 and Bristol Type 188 constructed from stainless steel. The Transport Collection in Hangar 1 includes the Comet 1A and Gnat T1, previously used by the Red Arrows. The engine and missile collections total over 60 and are arguably one of the finest collections in the world.
Much Wenlock – 3.1 miles
The beautiful “black & white” town of Much Wenlock has much to offer throughout the year including shops, restaurants & pubs with great food. It was also the home of Dr William Penny Brookes, one of the most influential pioneers of the modern day Olympic Games and you will find many Olympian related artifacts in the local museum and around the town. The spectacular ruins of Wenlock Priory (English Heritage) are located a short walk from the town square.
There is a myriad of attractions and places to visit around Shropshire during your stay, including historic castles, spectacular gardens, National Trust & English Heritage Properties. Plus a fantastic range of events ranging from the West Midlands Show, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, the V Festival and dozens of others from music, theatre, country sports and air shows. One visit is never enough, you will return!!