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The Iron Bridge - Ironbridge, Ludlow Museum,
Much Wenlock Museum, RAF Museum Cosford,
Rowley's House Museum, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Teddy Bear Shop and Vintage Display,
Whitchurch Heritage Centre & Tourist Information and more.

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Acton Burnell Castle
Acton Burnell, SY5 7PF, Shropshire

Acton Burnell CastleThe substantial remains of Robert Burnell's 13th Century, fortified manor house. Burnell was a close friend of King Edward 1st and Chancellor of England. In 1263 one of England's first parliaments was convened here.

The site is owned and operated by English Heritage

Open during daylight hours 7 days a week.

Access is Free! - MAP


Shropshire wildlife trust visitor centre
The Boathouse, The Mereside
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0PA

Love wildlife, love Shropshire - Shropshire Wildlife Trust is a registered charity number 212744

The Boathouse visitor centre in Ellesmere boasts impressive views across the Mere.

At The Boathouse, you can:
Enjoy views across The Mere from the comfort of an indoor location.
Speak to Shropshire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers to learn more about the work of the Trust.
Find out all about the benefits of becoming a member of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Join in with events throughout the year.
Purchase a range of gifts from out shop.
Take advantage of the café and restaurant.

Ellesmere Heronwatch is also based at The Boathouse between March and June each year and provides an incredible opportunity to view one of the UK's most active heronries.

Admission: Free

Web: www.shropshirewildlifetrust

Tel: 01743 284280

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Bridgnorth's Northgate Museum
Northgate, Bridgnorth,
Shropshire WV16 4ER

Town Museum housed in the historic Burgess's Hall above Northgate containing a range of interesting artefacts reflecting the history of Bridgnorth and its people.

Bridgnorth's Northgate Museum - Visit the Northgate Museum in Bridgnorth. Packed full of local treasures, the museum should be the first stop for anyone wanting to discover the history of the town and local area. From an Edwardian till, to a model of Trevithick's Steam Engine, the museum's collection will interest the whole family, both young and old.

Bridgnorth's Northgate Museum has nearly 4,000 objects in its collection. The earliest object on display at the museum dates back to the Bronze Age. Other objects on display include: Coat of Arms, Edwardian Till, Insurance Firemarks, Working l7th Century Turret Clock, Coracle, Cottage Type Hand Loom, Victorian Pram, Cameras, Local Pictures and Prints and many other Local Artefacts.

The museum is open from Apr to Oct every year:

Sat 13.30 - 16.00
Sun 11.00 - 16.00
Bank Holidays 11.00 - 16.00

During the School Holidays, the museum is open every day:

11.00 - 16.00, except Sat 13.30 - 16.00

Entry to the museum is Free, but donations are welcomed. The museum is run and managed by volunteers from the Bridgnorth and District Historical Society, which founded the museum in 1951.

Tel: 01746 762830

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Website: www.northgatemuseum.org.uk

Visits by groups of 12 or more including schools are welcome at other times by appointment. Please contact the Museum Manager.

The Northgate Building

The museum is housed in the historic former Burgesses Hall, situated in the building which spans the roadway and forms the arch of the Northgate. Although rebuilt during Victorian times, it is the last gatehouse of five original gatehouses still to survive.


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Clun Castle (Ruins), Clun, Shropshire

Clun Castle (Ruins), Clun, Shropshire

Clun Castle is a ruined castle in the small town of Clun, Shropshire (grid reference SO298809). It is owned by the Duke of Norfolk (who also holds the title of Baron Clun) and is managed by English Heritage.

Clun Castle (Ruins), Clun, ShropshireThe dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of a Welsh Border castle are managed by English Heritage

Clun Castle (Ruins) with its tall 13th-century keep unusually set on the side of its mound.

Information panels tell the story of the castle and the nearby town.

Open all year at any reasonable time daily. Free Entry

Road Access: In Clun town, off A488, 18 miles West of Ludlow - MAP

Find Clun Castle on the National Cycle Network


The Cut Visitor Centre
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
193 Abbey Forgate
Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6AH

Shropshire Wildlife Trust Love wildlife, love Shropshire - Shropshire Wildlife Trust is a registered charity number 212744

The Cut Visitor Centre - Overlooked by Shrewsbury Abbey and situated in a historic building, surrounded by a wonderful walled garden.

Admission: Free

Opening Times: 10.00 to 16.30 Monday to Saturday.

Web: www.shropshirewildlifetrust

Telephone: 01743 284280

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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David Austin Roses
Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, (Shropshire) Wolverhampton, WV7 3HB

A unique visitor attraction, representing all the best in roses. Could be the finest displays of roses in Europe! Covering over 2 acres. David Austin Roses is a must do for anyone interested in roses.

Your Mum would love the Tea Room snacks!

Open daily 09.00 - 17.00
Closed Christmas to New Year

Free admission.

Tea Room 09.30 - 1630

Plant Centre and Garden Shop.

Tel: 01902 376377

Website

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Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses, National Nature Reserve, Near Manor House, Moss Lane, Whixall, Shropshire SY13 2PD

Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses, National Nature Reserve, Near Manor House, Moss Lane, Whixall, Shropshire SY13 2PD

Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield, Mosses are still one of the best lowland raised bogs in Britain, despite near-destruction by commercial peat cutting, and are of international importance for wildlife.

We visited the site in 2007 LINK

The central area was acquired in 1990 as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), and large-scale cutting was stopped. Natural England (previously English Nature) and the Countryside Council for Wales are now restoring the Mosses by clearing smothering trees and bushes and damming the peat cuttings to restore bog water levels.

Lowland raised bogs are slow-growing domes of Sphagnum bogmoss peat, fed only by rainwater. Bogmoss absorbs and acidifies the rain, water-logging the peat surface so only specialised plants and animals survive. Dying plants, together with pollen from vegetation on and around the bogs, become ‘pickled’ as layers of peat, forming a ‘giant story-book’ of the last 10,000 years.

Raised bog plants and animals are now rare as so many bogs have been drained for peat cutting or for conversion to farmland or forestry. Commercial peat cutting for gardening or fuel can remove in ten years peat that took one thousand years to form.

Tel: 01948 880362
Fax: 01948 880422
Email: joan.daniels@naturalengland.org.uk
Website: www.naturalengland.org.uk - MAP


The Iron Bridge
Ironbridge, Telford,
Shropshire

The Iron Bridge, Ironbridge, Telford

THE IRON BRIDGE IS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Open 24/7 - Access is Free! - MAP


Ludlow Museum
11-13 Castle Street
Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AS

Open 1 Apr -29 Oct, Mon - Sat, Bank Hols, Sun, 10.30 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00; Jun - Aug, Sun, 10.30 - 13.00, 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01584 875384
Fax: 01584 872019
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Market Drayton Museum & Resource Centre
53 Shropshire Street (next door but one to the King's Arms pub) Market Drayton TF9 3DA, Shropshire

Market Drayton Museum & Resource Centre

'The Story of Drayton' and the surrounding area, from earliest times to today, told with things, pictures and words. Everything in it is associated with Market Drayton – either made here or with a special Drayton connection.

Market Drayton Museum & Resource CentreThe entrance room is the former shop. This has the 'time line' giving a brief history of the Market Drayton area in words, pictures and objects, from a 150 million year old fossil up to today.

Free Entry - run by volunteers and supported entirely by donations.

The most convenient car park park is in the town centre (opposite the Festival Drayton Centre in Frogmore Road), walk down to the mini-roundabout, then it's a short way along Shropshire Street – about 200 yards in all.

Open from Easter until the end of Oct at the following times: Tues, Weds, Fris and Sats 10.30 - 13.00

Tel: 01630 657455 - MAP


Much Wenlock Museum
High Street, Much Wenlock
Shropshire, TF13 6HR

Open Easter to Oct Mon - Sat, 1030 to 1700.
7 Days during June, Jul and Aug.
Open by appointment only Oct-Apr

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01952 727773
Fax: 01952 727679
Send Email

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Royal Air Force Museum
Cosford, Shifnal
Shropshire, TF11 8UP

The RAF Museum Cosford houses one of the Royal Air Force Museumlargest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. Over 80 historic aircraft are displayed in three hangars on an active airfield. The collection spans over 90 years of aviation history from the first crossing of the channel in 1909 and the first civil transport flights in August 1919, to Polaris, lately Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Open all year 10.00 - 1800 (last admission 1600)

Admission is Free - Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Tel: 01902 376 200
Fax: 01902 376 211
Visit Website - MAP


Shrewsbury's "Battlefield 1403" Visitor Centre, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB

At Battlefield 1403 discover more about the Battle of Shrewsbury in the Exhibition Centre or simply enjoy the fresh air along the Battlefield walk. MAP

Telling the story of the Battle of Shrewsbury, the exhibition explains the facts as know and introduces additional fun facts for children. Exhibits on display include a full armoured “Sir Nicholas”, various weaponry, a longbow archer and other medieval artefacts.

You can also buy locally sourced produce at the farm shop and butchery, taste the delights in Sparrow's Cafe

At Battlefield 1403 our aim is to create a happy, relaxed & popular visitor destination where everyone feels welcome.

It is Free to enter the site. The exhibition is also Free to enter.

Situated 3miles north of Shrewsbury town centre on
the A49 Whitchurch road, opposite the Halls livestock market.

The only entry fee is for the new Falconry Centre to the rear of the site. This is £1 per person.

Opening times: Mon - Sat 09.30 - 17.30 - Sun 10.00 - 16.00

Office 01939 210 905 - Website


Shrewsbury's Bear Steps Art Gallery,
off Fish Street or St Alkmond's Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1UR

A 15th century timber hall in a set of medieval buildings restored by Shrewsbury Civic Society with varying exhibitions showing art which change every two weeks.

Free public entry

Artworks usually for sale.

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Call Bear Steps Gallery on 01743 356511.

The artist showing there when we went was Laura E Hadley


Shrewsbury Castle Gardens (Grounds), Shrewsbury Castle, Castle Street, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Castle by P Fletcher .jpg - Shrewsbury Castle Gardens (Grounds), Shrewsbury Castle, Castle Street, Shrewsbury

The Shropshire Horticultural Society maintain Shrewsbury Castle Gardens.

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Shrewsbury Castle (entrance fee applies) is a red sandstone castle in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. Its location is on a hill situated on the neck of the meander of the River Severn which the town originally grew up in. The castle is situated directly above Shrewsbury railway station.

There is Free access to Shrewsbury Castle grounds and Laura's Tower that overlooks the surrounding townscape and further out to the countryside. Laura's Tower was built as a folly on the summit of Shrewsbury Castle motte the site of the first Norman castle. Built around 1790 by Thomas Telford for Laura, the daughter of Sir William Pulteney, as a summerhouse. An octagonal design in red sandstone with conical copper roof. The River Severn flows below and you get a good view of Shrewsbury Abbey from there.

Gardens open dawn to dusk

Tel: 01743 281205 /01743 252252


Shrewsbury Cathedral, Town Walls, Beeches Lane, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Cathedral  - "Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and Saint Peter of Alcantara" - is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Shrewsbury, England. It is the 'mother church' of the Diocese of Shrewsbury which covers areas of Shropshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester (part) and Merseyside (part).

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Shrewsbury Cathedral, Town Walls, Beeches Lane, Shrewsbury

One of Shrewsbury's great treasures.

We received a warm welcome as visitors here!

Shrewsbury Cathedral, Town Walls, Beeches Lane, ShrewsburyAmong the glories of Shrewsbury Cathedral has to be counted the stained glass. The older glass is mostly from the Hardman Studio in Birmingham, and the Cathedral is very fortunate to have seven windows by the Arts and Craft Artist Margaret Rope, who was the daughter of a local doctor. She later became a Carmelite nun, following training in Dublin. These seven beautiful windows were produced between the two world wars.

Free Entry for visitors or personal prayer 13 Apr - 31 Oct Mon to Sat 13.00 - 16.00 / At all other times of the year Sat only 10.30 - 14.30 only.

Mass times: Sun

Tel: 01743 362366

Web: www.shrewsburycathedral.org


Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Rowley's House,
Barker Street, Shrewsbury
Shropshire, SY1 1QH

Rowley's House Museum, Baker Street, Shrewsbury

Major regional museum housed in timber-framed warehouse and adjoining seventeenth century brick mansion. Major Roman collections, decorative arts, mediaeval Shrewsbury, local and national history. Special exhibitions and events.

Open 4 Jan - 29 May, Tue - Sat, 10.00 - 16.00,
30 May - 3 Oct, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00,
4 Oct-31 Mar 07, Tue - Sat, 10.00 - 16.00, Sun 10.00 - 16.00.
Closed 11 Apr, 19 Dec - 3 Jan.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01743 361 196
Fax: 01743 358 411
Visit Website - MAP

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Shrewsbury - St Chad's Church, St Chad's Terrace, Shrewsbury SY1 1JX

Tel: (01743) 365478

Since early medieval times there has been a church in Shrewsbury dedicated to St Chad, first Bishop of Mercia in the 7th century.

Free public entry

If you are making a special trip to St Chad's, we recommend that you contact the church office to confirm the church is open.

Tel: 01743 365478

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Please also be aware that the church is frequently used for conferences, concerts, and other public events. Whilst many of these often do not preclude visiting in the day, they may curtail your intended visit. Please do check before you plan.


Shrewsbury - Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 1AQ

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 1AQ

The gateway to the history of Shropshire and Telford.

Hold original archive sources including documents, maps, newspapers and photographs, as well as the county's largest collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals relating to Shropshire and the Borough of Telford and Wrekin.

Free Service - Free Entry

If you are visiting Shropshire Archives, you can talk to members of Shropshire Family History Society at their advice desk on Weds, Thurs, Fris and Sats (10.00 -13.00).

Tel:01743 255350

Web: www.shropshirearchives.org.uk


Shrewsbury - The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire in winter

The Quarry is the main recreational park in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

The park was created in 1719 and encompasses 23 acres / 9.3Ha. Its name is derived from the fact that there used to be a small stone quarry there, used in the Middle Ages, which has now been transformed into a flower garden with ponds and fountains, called The Dingle (dingle being a Shropshire word used for a picturesque valley). Also in the Quarry park is a bandstand where people doing fire arts can often be found. The River Severn runs through the parkland, and is bridged by the Porthill Bridge, which connects the Quarry to the Porthill area of the town.

There is a children's play park and during the summer months a paddling pool.

Open dawn to dusk daily.


St Mary's Church, St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1EF

St Mary's Church, St Mary's Street, Shrewsbury

St Mary’s most famous treasure is the wonderful collection of stained glass, with examples of different styles from the 14th to the 19th centuries, all of the highest quality. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. Most of the glass was brought from elsewhere, much of it from Europe.

Free Entry (Donations welcomed)

Opening hours: Open 1 Apr to 31 Oct: Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00; 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 16.00; occasional Sun; church stewarded.
Parking facilities  - Toilet facilities
Accessibility issues: Wheelchair access from church yard through west porch door to all areas of the church with two steps to the sanctuary/altar and Jesse Window.

Web: The Churches Conservation Trust - The national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Having saved over 340 special buildings which attract more than 1.5 million visitors a year.


Telford & Wrekin Community History Centre
Wellington Library, Wellington,
Shropshire

Telford & Wrekin Community History CentreThere are a wide range of family and community history resources available within Telford & Wrekin libraries, all free to use: Census Records, Trade Directories, Parish Records and Non Conformist Registers, Parish Documents, Local Newspapers, Maps.

There is FREE access to discover your family tree with the Library Version of 'Ancestry Library' - Ancestry.co.uk™ - Over 860 Million Records Online.

Tel: 01952 389990 to find out when there is a volunteer available to help with your local or family history.


The Stiperstones, Nr Minsterley,
Shropshire SY5 0XX

The Stiperstones are a number of quartzite tors rising from the top of the Stiperstones ridge that lie within the shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and are visible for miles around.

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The reward for the steep and uneven climb to the top of the ridge is the sight of Buzzards, Curlew and Skylarks which can be seen in the area. A restoration project to encourage the return of heather has recently begun.

English Nature can be contacted on 01743 282000


Teddy Bear Shop and Vintage Display
Dale End, Ironbridge
Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7NJ

Open all year, daily 10.00 - 17.00.
Closed 25 Dec, 1 Jan

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01952 433029
Fax: 01952 - 432204
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Whitchurch Heritage Centre
& Tourist Information
12 St Mary's Street,
Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Open Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.00,
Sat 10.00 - 17.00 Sun Closed, Bank Hols 100 - 1400

Discover the history of the oldest town in Shropshire. Interactive displays, changing exhibitions, local history material, children's games and competitions.
Also Craft Workshops. Town walking trails.

Admission is Free.

Full disabled access. No toilets on site.

Tel: 01948 665432 / 664577 - MAP


Whittington Castle
Whittington, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire

Whittington is a small rural community in Shropshire close to the market town of Oswestry.

Castle and grounds open 24/7

Whittington CastleDue to ongoing restoration work the Castle Gatehouse and Cottage are not currently accessible to the public. It is hoped that the Castle buildings will be re-opened during the Autumn.

Despite the ongoing building work there remains Free public open access to the Castle grounds all year round.

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Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shrewsbury Castle, Castle Street, Shrewsbury

Since 1985, Shrewsbury Castle has housed the Shropshire Regimental Museum, with artifacts from the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. The museum combines the collections of the 53rd, the 85th, the KSLI to 1968, the local Militia, Rifle Volunteers and Territorials, as well as those of other county regiments - the Shropshire Yeomanry and the Shropshire Artillery.


Adcote House, Shrewsbury
Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
Burford House Gardens, Tenbury Wells
Childhood and Costume Museum, Bridgnorth
Clun Local History Museum, Craven Arms
Coleham Pumping Station, Shrewsbury
Dudmaston Hall, Bridgnorth
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Telford
Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Telford
Mythstories, Museum of Myth and Fable, Shrewsbury

Oswestry Transport Museum and Cambrian Railways Society, Oswestry
RAF Museum, Shifnal
Shipton Hall, Much Wenlock
Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shrewsbury
Walcot Hall, Lydbury North
Weston Park, nr Shifnal

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