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Shropshire attractions

Shropshire makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. There’s something for everyone; award-winning museums, renowned gardens, distinctive National Trust and English Heritage properties, fascinating farm attractions, churches and unspoilt countryside to explore.

The National Trust’s headline property in Shropshire is Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury – an 18th-century mansion which still bears the triumphant and tragic scars of its past.

In the very heart of Shropshire lies the county town of Shrewsbury, one of the finest Tudor towns in England, and to the east – in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge – the 10 museums of the Ironbridge Gorge celebrate the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

One of Shropshire’s fastest growing attractions is at the opposite end of the county, just off the A5 near Oswestry. The British Ironwork Centre and Shropshire Sculpture Park is a true one-of-a-kind; birthplace of the famous ‘Spoon Gorilla’ and ‘Knife Angel’ – the UK’s national monument against knife crime.

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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Market St, Craven Arms SY7 9RS

Visit the award-winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in the heart of South Shropshire where you can meet the Shropshire mammoth and see a panoramic film over the Shropshire Hills in the new and improved Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition. Explore 30 acres of meadows, with all ability access paths, and enjoy delicious local cakes and lunches, all made from scratch on the premises in the licensed cafe. Visit website

Powis Castle
Powis Castle

Welshpool SY21 8RF

Uncover the magnificent treasures of Powis Castle and Clive Museum, perched high on the rock above the world renowned Italianate terraced garden with original lead statuary, orangery and richly planted herbaceous borders. Visit website

Battlefield Falconry Centre

Battlefield 1403, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB

Battlefield Falconry Centre is Shrewsbury’s very own bird of prey centre, home to a wonderful collection of falcons, hawks and owls. The Centre offers a variety of activities for all the family including hawk walks, bird of prey experiences, bird handling, photography sessions, children’s parties and weddings, there is something for every occasion. Visit website

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Coach Rd, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ

Ironbridge Gorge Museums is home to 10 amazing interactive museums, adding up to an unforgettable experience for your whole family. Watch and talk to the Museums’ craftsmen as you get immersed in the history of Victorian times. Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site and forms the beating heart of the industrial revolution. All of the award-winning museums are spread along the valley beside the River Severn and include: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Enginuity, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Tar Tunnel, The Ironbridge and Tollhouse, Coalport China Museum, Backfield Tile Museum, Museum of the Gorge, Darby Houses and the Broseley Pipeworks. Visit website

Shrewsbury Prison

The Dana, Shrewsbury SY1 2HR

Walk in the footsteps of prisoners who have been residents of the wings during the last 200 years at Shrewsbury Prison. Discover what happens behind the high walls and locked doors, experience the hidden world of capital punishment and see first hand one of the last working execution rooms in the country. Jailhouse Tours conducts guided tours run by ex-prison officers who once managed these very wings. The two-hour tours give you the opportunity to view this historic building and learn more about its history dating back to 1793. Visit website

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