With UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the best-preserved Steam Train network in England, Shropshire has it all. The Medieval market town of Shrewsbury sits inside a loop of the River Severn, boasts over 660 listed buildings most of which are half-timber Tudor houses, home to the world's first iron-framed building, Ditherington Flax Mill, regarded as "the grandfather of the skyscraper". Shrewsbury is also the birthplace of Charles Darwin, world-famous naturalist and author of On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution.
The Ironbridge Gorge was awarded World Heritage status for its role as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, taking its name from the worlds first cast-iron bridge erected in 1779 spanning the gorge over the River Severn.
Castles, abbeys, historic houses and gardens, along with museums and galleries are all on our doorstep.