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WEDNESDAY, 31ST AUGUST 2011
Shropshire Tourist Attractions

Straddling the Welsh/English border, Shropshire is a great choice for your UK holidays. You'll find acres of unspoilt countryside to stomp round, historic towns aplenty to potter about in and a whole host of visitor attractions to appeal to all the family. So, what's there to do on your Shropshire holidays? We're glad you asked - read on for our top days out when you're renting one of our Shropshire cottages.

 

Ironbridge Gorge - flckr - ncburtonIronbridge Gorge and museums - nr Telford
You can't fail to be impressed by the world's first cast iron bridge. In fact, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it's in the same ranks as Eygpt's Pyramids and the Taj Mahal. Spanning the river Severn, the bridge is a visitor attraction in its own right and is widely considered as the birthplace of Britain's Industrial Revolution. But don't stop there - discover more about the area's heritage at the 10 museums throughout Ironbridge Gorge. Today the wooded valley is a haven of natural beauty but the indoor and outdoor museums will teach you all about the area's industrial past. Experience life as a Victorian in Blist Hill Victorian Town; don your hard hat and walk through the Tar Tunnel (complete with oozing bitumen); learn all about the area's history of china making at the Coalport China Museum; or let your imagination run riot at Enginuity interactive design and innovation centre. With so much to see, you'd best hot-foot it to www.ironbridge.org.uk to plan your visit.

 

Stokesay Castle Shropshire IMG_8744 - flckr - tonylanciabetaStokesay Castle - nr Craven Arms
You want to visit a fortified, mediaeval manor house, you say? Well, Stokesay Castle sounds right up your street. Dating from 1281, Stokesay is now protected by English Heritage and has scarcely been altered since it was built- no loft conversions or extensions here! However, you will find two towers, one of which still boasts an original mediaeval tiled floor. The Great Hall comes complete with gabled windows and an imposing staircase fashioned from whole tree trunks. Those visiting Stokesay Castle on their Shropshire holidays shouldn't miss its timber-framed Gatehouse either. Before you embark on your UK holidays to Shropshire, pay a visit to www.english-heritage.org.uk and read up on Stokesay Castle to get the most out of your visit.

 

Bewdley Railway Station (on the Severn Valley Railway) - flckr - ell brownThe Severn Valley Railway - Bridgnorth
All aboard! Take a steam train ride through the Severn Valley, a great way of seeing Shropshire. Hop on at the station in Bridgnorth and chug through 16 miles of natural beauty. The first stop is Hampton Loade, break your journey here and cross the Severn on England's only remaining current-powered passenger ferry. Or stop off at Highley and take a look round the Engine House, where you'll find a collection of steam locomotives, exhibitions and great views across the valley. Crossing counties, at the other end of the line is Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Time it right and you could enjoy one of the railway's special events - a Halloween ghost train ride is full of spooky goings on, or enjoy a bit of train spotting at the Autumn Steam Gala. To book tickets and read the full event list, visit www.svr.co.uk.

 

Avro Anson - flckr - sisaphusRoyal Air Force Museum Cosford - Cosford, nr Shifnal
Who says you don't get anything for free these days? At Royal Air Force Museum you get three hangar-fuls of historic  aircraft for free! With 70 aircraft to gawp at, you're guaranteed a great day out on your UK holidays in Shropshire. Don't miss your chance to see Britain's 'V Bombers' - the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. The planes come at you from all angles, with several suspended at flying altitudes. If you think you've got what it takes, put yourself in the hotseat in the museum's flight simulator. The museum is also home to the National Cold War Exhibition, full of interactive exhibits it's a fascinating insight into life behind the Iron Curtain. Pay a flying visit to www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/ before touching down in your Shropshire holiday cottage.

 

Vineyard - flckr - wharmanWroxeter Roman Vineyard - Wroxeter
OK, so it was only planted in 1991, but the vineyard gets its name from Wroxeter Roman City (itself well worth a visit) where it sits on a sandy plateau. A micro-climate has allowed award-winning wine to be produced. Stroll around the vineyard and enjoy a free wine tasting. If your tastebuds are tickled, you can stock up on the internationally recognised wine in the vineyard shop. Whether you prefer red, white, or rose; still or sparkling you'll find the perfect tipple to enjoy at the end of the day in one of our Shropshire cottages. www.wroxetervineyard.co.uk has all the info.

 

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
AT 13:35

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