England

Shropshire & Ironbridge

The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

Nestled amongst the lush rolling hills and valleys of Shropshire, you’ll find idyllic villages boasting historic timber-framed buildings, a 13th century medieval castle teeming with treasures, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge – the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Enjoy the varied landscape and unique geology of this area with an exciting ride on the heritage railway, taking you across the scenic Severn Valley. Experience some of England’s proudest heritage surrounded by diverse wildlife, glorious scenery, and picture-perfect historic towns.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE IN SHROPSHIRE

Experience a rich industrial past in the heart of England

  • Ironbridge – discover England’s unique industrial heritage site
  • Explore the pretty town of Shrewsbury with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Visit historic Powis Castle & Garden (NT), full of exquisite treasures
  • Sightseeing in style – take a trip on Severn Valley’s Heritage Railway
  • Wightwick Manor (NT) – a historic property with a difference
  • Executive coach travel from your choice of pick up points
  • 4 nights half board accommodation

From £379
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Suggested Hotel

Buckatree Hall Hotel, Telford

  • Good value, charming 3-star hotel
  • Ideally located for the itinerary
  • Scenic gardens and lake view restaurant
  • Traditionally furnished comfortable bedrooms
  • Lovely bar and lounge area perfect for groups
  • Quiet and calm location

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Ironbridge
    Ironbridge

    This impressive World Heritage Site is dominated by its namesake – the world’s first cast-iron bridge, built in 1779, is a marvel of modern construction. Explore some of the ten fascinating museums which include Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum and the Jackfield Tile Museum.

  • Guided Tour of Shrewsbury
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    Walk the medieval streets lined with charming Tudor timber-framed buildings, learning about Shrewsbury’s history from a knowledgeable local guide. The county town is famous for being the birthplace of Charles Darwin, and as a result of its border location, it served as a vital front in the medieval conflict between England and Wales.

  • Powis Castle (NT)
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    Discover the magnificent collection of artwork, tapestries and furniture in this redbrick 13th century castle. As well as hosting some of Wales’ finest paintings, you’ll find exotic treasures from India and the Far East. The beautiful Italian and French influenced garden is overflowing with rare plants and sculptures, making it perfect for a relaxing stroll.

  • Severn Valley Railway

    Journey through time on this historic heritage railway. Over the 16-mile journey between Bridgnorth in Shropshire and Kidderminster in Worcestershire, you can sit back, relax and enjoy some excellent sights from the comfort of the train carriage.

  • Wightwick Manor (NT)
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    A must-see attraction for fans of William Morris designs, this National Trust property showcases Victorian art and design with an impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The beautiful Edwardian garden is delightful all year round.

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