Shropshire

Shropshire is England's largest inland county, covering an area of 1,347 square miles. To the west it borders Wales and to the south rural Herefordshire and Worcestershire. In the north is Cheshire and, to the east, Staffordshire and the West Midlands conurbation.

Towns and villages

Map of Shropshire

Other destinations

Must see's in Shropshire include:

Understand

Since 1998, Shropshire has been administratively divided into two areas; Telford & Wrekin (described as a borough) covers about a sixth of the county (in the east) and the remainder is administered by Shropshire Council. However for most purposes it is still one county with the same media, press, emergency services, records service, etc.

Talk

The Shropshire Dialect of English is still spoken by many residents and dictionaries can be bought from some gift shops in the area.

Some parts of western Shropshire have a Welsh influence in their place names, and there are some Welsh speakers left in the county (particularly around Oswestry), though the vast majority of people living in Shropshire speak only English.

Get in

Shropshire is relatively easy to get to by road and rail.

The A49 (which runs from Lancashire to Herefordshire) runs through Shropshire from north to south, while the M54 and A5 run east to west and link in from the M6. The A5 and A49 converge at Shrewsbury.

Railways run into the country from six directions, all converging on Shrewsbury's railway station.

Air travellers will normally fly to Manchester Airport, Birmingham International and possibly John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. East Midlands Airport is also a possibility.

Get around

Shropshire is a predominantly rural area and sparsely populated. Car transport remains essential for travellers wanting to take full advantage of the county, despite recent efforts to increase public transport usage.

It is possible to see most of the major sites by public transport. However, trains and buses can be infrequent or seasonal.

Most towns in Shropshire have their own public transport and taxi service.

Seasonal shuttle buses give access to areas of Shropshire including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see Church Stretton).

See

With Shropshire home to over 32 castles, there is plenty of history and heritage to be found in Shropshire.

If gardens are more your thing, then you won't be disappointed. Shropshire is home to some 20 national collections including English Roses, Clematis and Tulips. Choose from the award winning Wollerton Old Hall Garden near Market Drayton, the Dorothy Clive Garden near Market Drayton and Hawkstone Park and Follies near Shrewsbury to name a few.

With over 90 attractions to visit, here is a taster of just some of the attractions that you can explore and discover:

Eat

Shropshire is an excellent place to find locally grown produce, farmer's markets and delis. The county is home to the National winner of the retail cheese awards and a national finalist in the Taste of England awards.

Shropshire specialties include Shrewsbury biscuits, Gingerbread, Whimberry Pie and Fidget Pie.

Traditional pubs and inns, tearooms and fine dining restaurants can all be found in Shropshire.

Drink

Shropshire is renowned for its real ale and leads the way in the local real ales revival. Here you'll find traditional pubs and inns and micro-breweries. The south Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle has one brewery that has been continuously brewing since 1642 and is home to another brewery too. Other notable breweries are Hobsons of Cleobury Mortimer and Salopian of Shrewsbury.

You can even try Shropshire wine at Wroxeter Roman Vineyard, an historic site near Shrewsbury. Choose from a whole host of wines including Shropshire Gold, Wrekin Reserve and Wroxeter Medium. The vineyard also offers tours and tastings.

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