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…
City's & Towns
Medieval Street in Shrewsbury © essentially-england.com
Buildwas Abbey Church © essentially-england.com
The Ironbridge © essentially-england.com
Grand Houses & Gardens
Attingham House © essentially-england.com
Views from Stiperstones © essentially-england.com
Snailbeach Mine © essentially-england.com
Jackfield Tile Museum © essentially-england.com
Wroxeter Roman House © essentially-england.com
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!
During our exploration of Shropshire, we have rented a holiday cottage and stayed in two hotels and would recommend all three properties.
A characterful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom barn conversion in the small village of Stapleton just a few miles away from Shrewsbury.
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.
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.