Acton Burnell Castle

Acton Burness CastleRed sandstone ruins of a fortified 13th-c manor house located in the grounds of an 18th-c country house. Originally owned by Bishop Robert Burnell. Despite its crenellations, the internal layout is more in keeping with a manor house than a castle. Parliament is said to have met here in 1283.
Run by English Heritage.

Opening times: any reasonable times - Free Entry
Location: SY5 7PE (8 miles south of Shrewsbury)
Website: english-heritage.org.uk
Image Credit: Jeremy Bolwell (CC2)

Attingham Park

Attingham ParkA classical-style mansion built in 1785 for the 1st Lord Berwick. One of England's finest regency houses, set in a landscaped deer park - designed by Humphry Repton. Run by the National Trust. The estate also hosts Home Farm - an organic farm open to the public.

Opening times: House: Mar~Oct, Fri-Tues 1am to 5pm, Deer park and Grounds open daily 9am to 6pm.
Admission Charge to house

Location: SY4 4TP (4m SE of Shrewsbury) - Tel: 01743 708123 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, shop, tea-room, guided tours available.

Benthall Hall

Benthall HallAn attractive late Elizabethan stone house with mullioned windows, located near the Severn Gorge. Inside it has fine oak panelling and a magnificent carved staircase.

Opening times: Apr~Sep, Tue, Wed, BH Mon; Jul~Sep open every Sun. House 2pm to 5.30pm, Garden 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Admission Charge
Location: TF12 5RX - Tel: 01952 882159 - Website
Image Credit: © National Trust/James Dobson

Boscobel House

Boscobel HouseOriginally a timber-framed farmhouse, it was upgraded to a hunting lodge in the 17th century. Charles II is said to have hidden from Parliamentary troops in a nearby oak tree during the civil war. Run by English Heritage.

Opening times: Apr~May &Sep~Oct, Thu-Mon, 10am to 5pm; Jun~Aug, daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission Charge
Location: ST19 9AR - Tel: 01902 850244 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, shop.
Image Credit: Steve McShane (CC2)

Bridgnorth Castle

Bridgnorth CastleA ruined Norman castle built in 1101 by Robert de Belleme. The keep now leans at 17° from the perpendicular (three times greater than the leaning tower of Pisa), due to attempts to blow it up during the Civil War.

Opening times: check Website for details.
Location: New Road, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AL
Website: shropshiretourism.co.uk



Buildwas Abbey

Extensive ruins still exist of this 12th century Cistercian abbey, surrounded by woodlands beside the River Severn.

Opening times: Apr~May &Sep, Thu-Mon, 10am to 5pm; Jun~Aug, daily, 10am to 6pm.
Admission Charge

Location: Iron Bridge - TF8 7BW - Tel: 01952 433274 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop.

Burford House and Gardens

Georgian mansion set within 15 acres of riverside gardens, housing the National Clematis Collection.

Opening times: all year 9am to 6pm. Admission Charge
Location: WR15 8HQ - Tel: 01584 810777 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, restaurant, garden centre.

Dudmaston

Late 17th century house, surrounded by extensive gardens and parkland with lakeside walks. The house contains both contemporary and modern works, botanical art and fine furniture. Run by National Trust.

Opening times: House Apr~Sep, Tue, Wed &Sun &BHs 2pm - 5.30pm. Garden Mon-Wed 12 to 6pm. Admission Charge
Location: WV15 6QN - Tel: 01746 780866 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, café.

Haughmond Abbey

Ruins of an abbey founded at the beginning of the 12th century by the Augustinians. Includes a small museum. Managed by English Heritage.

Opening times: Apr~May & Sep. Thu-Mon, 10am to 5pm; Jun~Aug, daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission Charge
Location: Upton Magna - SY4 4RW - Tel: 01743 709661 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop.

Hodnet Hall & Gardens

A vast landscape (60 acres) of flower borders, tall trees, sweeping lawns, plus a series of ornamental pools that run along the garden valley to provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.

Opening times: Apr~Sep, Tue-Sun & BH Mon 12 to 5pm. Oct, Sun only 12 to dusk. Admission Charge
Location: TF9 3NN - Tel: 01630 685786 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, restaurant, garden centre.

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom

A clean, friendly family orientated farm with a wide variety of domestic animals from lambs to llamas, deer and ostriches. Daily feeding of lambs and pigs. Indoor and outdoor play areas and games room.

Opening times: Mar~Sep, Tue-Sun 10am to 6pm. Sep~Nov, Tue-Sun, 10am to 5pm. Nov~Dec, daily 10am to 5pm. Admission Charge
Location: Preston-on-the-Weald Moors - TF6 6DJ - Tel: 01952 677917 - Website
Facilities: parking, café.

Ironbridge Gorge & Museums

ironbridge gorge

The Iron Bridge at Ironbridge, was the first iron bridge constructed in England, between 1777 and 1779. The bridge is now a Grade 1 listed ancient monument and the surrounding site contains a series of a remarkable museums relating to the story of the bridge and life in Victorian times.

Opening times: all year, 10am to 5pm. Some sites closed Nov~Mar. Admission Charge
Location: Coach Road, Ironbridge - TF8 7DQ
Tel: 01952 884391 & 0800 590258 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, café, restaurant.


Lilleshall Abbey

The ruins of a house founded in 1148 for Arroasian canons.

Opening times: Apr~Sep, daily 10-5. Free Entry
Location: TF10 9HW - Tel: 80121 6256820 - Website

Ludlow Castle

Built by Roger de lacy, a Norman knight, circa 1090. It was once the principal defensive castle on the Welsh Marches.

Opening times: Jan Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm; Feb~Mar & Oct~Dec daily 10am to 4pm; Apr~Jul & Sep daily 10am to 5pm; Aug daily 10am to 7pm (closed Xmas). Admission Charge
Location: Castle Square, Ludlow - SY8 1AY - Tel: 01584 873355 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, café.

Moreton Corbet Castle

A castle has been standing on this site for nearly 1000 years. It was partially rebuilt as Elizabethan mansion House in the 16th century.

Opening times: at any reasonable time Free Entry
Facilities: parking.

Old Oswestry Hill Fort

Extensive Iron Age hill-fort covering some 68 acres, surrounded by a series of ramparts. Managed by English Heritage.

Opening times: at any reasonable time. Free Entry
Location: 1 mile North of Oswestry - Website

Royal Air Force Museum

One of the largest air force collections in the UK with over 70 aircraft, including Vulcan and Victor bombers, the Hastings, British Airways airliners, the Belfast freighter, TSR2, Fairey Delta, Bristol 188 and many others.

Opening times: all year daily, 10am to 6pm (closed Xmas) Free Entry
Location: Cosford, Shropshire - TF11 8UP - Tel: 01902 376200 - Website
Facilities: parking (charge), shop, restaurant.

Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum

Shrewsbury Castle

The museum of The King's Shropshire Light Infantry and The Shropshire Yeomanry is housed in the remaining buildings of Shrewsbury Castle. Read more about Shrewsbury

Opening times: May~Sep: Mon-Sat. 10am to 5pm: Sun 10am to 4pm. Sep~Dec: Tue-Sat. 10am to 4pm - Admission Charge
Location: Castle Street, Shrewsbury - SY1 2AT - Tel: 01743 358516 - Website
Facilities: shop.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

A series of interactive displays explore the nature, geography and history of the Shropshire Hills. The site contains over 23 acres of gently sloping meadow lands alongside the River Severn, which can be explored by foot or by cycle.

Opening times: all year, daily from 10 am Admission Charge
Location: School Road, Craven Arms - SY7 9RS - Tel: 01588 676000 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop, café, restaurant.

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay CastleA fortified manor house dating from the 12th century, surrounded by a moat and delightful cottage gardens.

Opening times: Mar~Apr & Sep~Oct, Thu-Mon, 10am to 5pm; May~Aug. daily, 10am to 6pm; Nov~Feb, Fri-Mon, 10am to 4pm (Closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Stokesay - SY7 9AH - Tel: 01588 672544 - Website
Facilities: parking
Image Credit: David Mark (CC0)

Sunnycroft

A Typical Victorian villa, built for prosperous professional people living in the suburbs of towns and cities. Once home to the Lander family, the house is a time capsule of early 20th century life, above and below stairs. Managed by National Trust.

Opening times: Mar~Oct, Fri, Sun & Mon, 1pm to 5pm. Admission Charge
Location: 200 Holyhead Road, Wellington - TF1 2DR - Tel: 01952 242884 - Website
Facilities: parking.

Wenlock Priory

The ruins of a large Cluniac priory with a 13th century church and Norman chapter house. Managed by English Heritage.

Opening times: Mar~Apr & Sep~Oct, Thu-Mon, 10am to 5pm; May~Jun, daily, 10am to 5pm; Jul-Aug, daily, 10am to 6pm; Nov-Feb, Thu-Sun, 10am to 4pm. (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Much Wenlock - TA3 6HS - Tel: 01952 727466 - Website
Facilities: parking.

Whiteladies Priory

Ruins of a 12th century Augustinian nunnery, that was destroyed during the Civil War. Managed by English Heritage.

Opening times: Apr~Oct, daily 10am to 5pm. Free Entry
Location: Near Boscobel House - ST19 9AR - Tel: 01902 850244 - Website

Wroxeter Roman City

These are the remains of Viroconium, the fourth largest city of Roman Britain. Visitors can view the remains of Roman villas, houses and a 2nd century municipal baths. The on site museum displays treasures and artifacts excavated at the site. Managed by English Heritage.

Opening times: Mar~May & Sep~Oct, daily, 10am to 5pm; Jun~Aug, daily, 10am to 6pm; Nov~Feb, Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm. (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Wroxeter- SY5 6PH - Tel: 01743 761330 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop.

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