By Claire Owen
There are so many things to do in Shropshire, but here are the top 10.
The sky’s the limit
Get up close and personal with more than 70 internationally-important aircraft in three wartime hangars at RAF Cosford. With planes suspended from the rafters, and the National Cold War Exhibition on site, you’ll be transported back to a time of bravery and fighting spirit.
Take a step back in time
The award-winning Ironbridge Gorge Museums mark the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of times gone by. Tuck into traditionally-cooked fish and chips; change your money into pounds, shillings and pence; and marvel at hot metal pouring in the foundry, and the pungent smell from the friendly pigs at the candle makers.
Visit the land of legends
Search for the Holy Grail in a magical landscape of cliffs and caves peppered with incredible monuments built more than 200 years ago at Hawkstone Park Follies. Dramatic sandstone cliffs rise from the Shropshire Plain, as you explore what some believe to be the home and last resting place of King Arthur.
On the right track in Bridgnorth
Feel the power and thrill of driving a full-sized steam or diesel locomotive on 16 miles of preserved track through rolling countryside with a special ‘Footplate Experience’ on the Severn Valley Steam Railway – and while you’re in town, check out Bridgnorth’s famous Cliff Railway, too.
Keep an eye on the sky at Battlefield
Sign up for a Hawk Walk at Battlefield Falconry Centre in Shrewsbury for a trip through amazing woodland accompanied by an experienced falconer and a Harris Hawk which flies to the glove throughout your exciting visit.
Follow in the footsteps of kings
Take a walk around the wonderful medieval town of Ludlow, with a reputation for the very best food and drink around, and climb the ruins of its majestic castle where you’ll find tales of treachery, romance, and royalty.
What did the Romans do?
Become a Roman for the day and see how they lived 2,000 years ago at Viriconium (Wroxeter). Visit the remains of the bathhouse and take a tour of the reconstructed town house with its incredible exhibits all unearthed on site.
Wander through more than 60 acres of amazing flowers, majestic forest trees, rolling lawns and a chain of ornamental pools at awe-inspiring Hodnet Hall – the ever-changing seasons mean there’s always something new to see.
Shropshire’s very own ‘Lake District’
The nine glacial meres of north Shropshire are a nature lover’s dream. Take time out to feed the greedy ducks and geese on the mere at Ellesmere, which is the largest and most impressive of them all, with a restaurant and visitor centre on site.
The perfect spot for a picnic
Take a picnic and dip your toes in the stream in Carding Mill Valley, or venture further up into the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with almost 5,000 acres of heathland stretching as far as the eye can see.
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