Things to do in Shropshire

We've been able to spend some quality time exploring this beautiful county and have compiled a list of some of the best things to do in Shropshire. From our homes in Gloucestershire and, later, Northamptonshire, we were able to travel north and west for great days out, short breaks, and a longer holiday.

During our most recent holiday in Shropshire, the weather was a mixed bag. It rained most days, and we had to keep dodging under the umbrella as each shower passed over. Between the showers we made the most of the dry spells, and I can smile now remembering the times we set off to do something that meant we were to be outdoors for hours but changed direction and went off to discover something with a little more protection from the rain. I think it was third time lucky for our Snailbeach Mine day out!

But this is one of the good things about this wonderful county, there are so many things to do in Shropshire that you can work around the weather.

Also: it doesn't always rain. The year before, we had blue skies, the Shropshire hills looked wonderful, and the sun brought out the best of the buildings we explored.

If you like to be outdoors, discovering English history, or eating fine food then Shropshire would make a great day out, short break, or longer holiday. Just remember to pack for any weather…

Our Best Picks for Things to do in Shropshire

City's & Towns

Medieval Street in ShrewsburyMedieval Street in Shrewsbury ©

Religious Buildings

Buildwas Abbey ChurchBuildwas Abbey Church ©


The IronbridgeThe Ironbridge ©

Grand Houses & Gardens

Attingham HouseAttingham House ©
  • Acton Round Hall
  • Acton Scott Hall
  • Attingham Estate
  • Benthall Hall
  • Castle House
  • Combermere Abbey
  • Darby Houses
  • Dudmaston
  • Hatton Grange
  • Hodnet Hall Gardens
  • Iscoyd Park
  • Longnor Hall
  • Minsterley Hall
  • Morville Hall
  • Pitchford Hall
  • Stokesay Court
  • Sunnycroft
  • Upton Cressett Hall
  • Walcot Hal Arboretum
  • Weston Park
  • Wilderhope Manor
  • Wollerton Old Hall Garden


Views from StiperstonesViews from Stiperstones ©

Quirky/General Interest

Snailbeach MineSnailbeach Mine ©


Jackfield Tile MuseumJackfield Tile Museum ©


Wroxeter Roman HouseWroxeter Roman House ©

I hope our list of things to do in Shropshire gives you some inspiration to go out and explore. I know that we will continue visiting as there are still so many more things we want to experience. And I’m sure this list will grow and grow. If you have some more ideas for a great day out, then let us know!

Where we Stayed in Shropshire

During our exploration of Shropshire, we have rented a holiday cottage and stayed in two hotels and would recommend all three properties.

The Granary
Sleeps 5

A characterful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom barn conversion in the small village of Stapleton just a few miles away from Shrewsbury.

The Feathers Hotel

When we saw this hotel we knew where we were going to stay. It was a no brainer. The Feathers Hotel is full of character, has a great history, and is in the centre of Ludlow. It's an amazing place and there is good food and drinks.

Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa

The Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa is set in peaceful grounds just a few miles north of Shrewsbury. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be taken in the beautiful Oak Room. I remember this being a very elegant hotel with excellent food and drink. There is also an indoor pool and fitness centre.

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