You will be surprised how much you can pack into 48 hours in Shropshire. Take some inspiration from our weekend guide.
Head to Shrewsbury – the county town – to explore its beautiful black and white buildings in higgledy-piggledy nooks and crannies, and see the quirky independent shops and boutiques surrounded by a wealth of history. Visit the Bear Steps Gallery to see works of art from local and international artists, and take a tour of Shrewsbury Museum in the heart of the town to see 650 million years of history.
Stay in Shrewsbury for lunch and try CSons in Milk Street. It has earned plaudits from critics as one of the best cafe-restaurants around. Run by the four Crouch brothers Reuben, Adam, Ben and Josh, (hence the name CSons), the cafe is spoilt for choice from a rich vein of high-quality growers and producers.
You can’t visit Shrewsbury without a trip on the glorious Severn – the Sabrina River Boat sails around the River Severn loop departing from Victoria Quay, near the Welsh Bridge. You’ll get to see the sights of the town from a very different perspective, including Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Castle, and Darwin’s Quantum Leap sculpture marking the bicentenary of the world-renowned naturalist.
A short drive through the open countryside will bring you to the village of Upton Magna – a few minutes from the county town and yet it feels like a world away. Enjoy a wonderful meal at The Haughmond – fabulous food of local provenance in a modern coaching inn specialising in seasonal produce: English asparagus, Shropshire fidget pie, and new season peaches are just a few of the delights on offer. With a listing in the Michelin Guide, and two AA rosettes for culinary excellence, this is the place to be.
Head to Shrewsbury – the county town – to explore its beautiful black and white buildings in higgledy-piggledy nooks and crannies, and see the quirky independent shops and boutiques surrounded by a wealth of history
Take a trip to Ironbridge – the jewel in Shropshire’s crown when it comes to the best places to visit. Wander through the world-famous gorge alongside the River and marvel at the views from the top of the world’s first Iron Bridge. Just opposite on Tontine Hill you’ll find Eley’s – famous for their hand-raised pork pies, and make time to visit Moonshine and Fuggles in The Square for an incredible choice of real ale, malt whisky and artisan spirits – Elephant Gin anyone?
Right across the road from The Square, take a table at Restaurant Severn – with one AA rosette, diners can choose from a mixture of modernised British classics and the restaurant’s own interpretation of some wonderful European dishes, accompanied by wines from across the world all in an enviable setting on the banks of the river itself.
Fancy a spot of sheep racing? Yes, at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom in Preston upon the Weald Moors, you can change gear for an exciting afternoon of first past the post. Or maybe you’d like to see the meerkats and wallabies, all in 32 acres of woodland and paddocks? You can even feed the farm animals, too.
To round off your whistle-stop break, you deserve to experience a taste of the exotic, so head to The Old Hall Restaurant in Dorrington, with its Persian-influenced cuisine fused with South Asian recipes – an experience that will set your tastebuds alight. Renowned for its elaborate rice dishes, delicious kebabs, impressive flat breads and the flavours of pomegranate and dates to finish, this hidden gem is not to be missed.
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