An overview of all the towns in Shropshire

Shrewsbury:
The county town and the birthplace of Charles Darwin. With medieval cobbled streets the town has over 660 listed buildings including the Abbey which is the home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. Amongst the modern shopping centers are little boutique shops. Something here for everyone. The annual shrewsbury flower show is hosted here, a fantastic day out.

 

Oswestry:
Situated on the Welsh border and has a bustling weekly market with over 100 stalls, you are sure to find what you are looking for here! Oswestry also boasts Park Hall, With 40,000 square feet of indoor attractions, regular hands-on animal activities, lots of outdoor play and driving activities there is never a dull moment for the kids.

 

Telford:
Boasts one of the major shopping centers in the region and home to one of the countries largest animated clocks. It is home to one of the UK's top conference and exhibition centres.There is also an ice rink, multi screen cinema, sports halls, swimming pools, ten pin bowling and fitness centres and excellent golfing facilities.

 

Ironbridge:
The birthplace of industry, takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge, a 30 metre cast iron bridge that was built across the river there in 1779. Ironbridge has now become a major tourist attraction in Shropshire with 35 historical sites including 10 museums.

 

Newport:

An interesting and picturesque market town in the centre of a rural farming area. It has hosted the Newport carnival for over 150 years
In 1665 a great fire caused £30,000 worth of damage and 166 families lost their homes, since then a smoked cheese was named after the terrible event the Newport 1665, which has gone on to win prestigeous awards!

 

Ellesmere:

The town is located by the side of 'The Mere', the largest natural Mere (lake) in England outside the Lake District. The mere has a visitors' centre and is popular with birdwatchers, many of whom visit to see Grey Herons nesting.

 

Wem:
Home of the sweet pea and also is one of the shortest place names in britain, it has been a market town since 1202 and a market is still held in the Town Hall every Thursday. Wem still has many coaching inns offering real ales and is noted for its range of speciality shops.

 

Market Drayton:
The town is promoted as 'the home of gingerbread'. Baked there for over 200 years and to this day, Image on Food based in Market Drayton produce nearly one million novelty gingerbread figures for Britain's leading retailers.
Market Drayton has a number of 17th and 18th century half-timbered buildings in the town centre, as well as a restored Norman church, St. Mary's.

Whitchurch:

Originally a settlement founded by the Romans around AD 52 or 70, it was called Mediolanum, meaning The place in the middle of the plain. Whitchurch is the oldest continually inhabited town in Shropshire and currently has a population of around 9000.

 

Bishops Castle:

Best known as a thriving market town with a strong agricultural community and has more recently become known for its alternative community including artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople.

Bishops Castle is home to a fantastic railway and transport museum in the High Street.

 

Clun:

located entirely in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town's name is taken from the river on which it lies, the River Clun.

Attractions in the town include the Norman Clun Castle (now only a ruin), the fourteenth century Clun Bridge basically a Packhorse bridge, most of which is still in the original stone despite being a road bridge today used by all vehicles.

 

Church Stretton:

The town was nicknamed "Little Switzerland" during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, due to its hilly terrain. The local geology is complex and incorporates some of the oldest rocks in England.

Historically, the town was noted for its textiles, but the town's carding mill closed at the beginning of the 20th century. The valley it was in took the name "Carding Mill Valley", and is now a tourist attraction owned by the National Trust.

 

Craven Arms:

Craven Arms is a relatively new town for Shropshire, but grew when the railways came during the mid to late 19th Century.

Craven Arms is home to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, a centre featuring exhibits about the county's geography; and Stella Mitchell's Land of Lost Content Museum, a collection of 20th century memorabilia.

 

Cleobury Mortimer:

The River Rea runs to the east of the town. The Clee Hills, the highest hills in Shropshire, are nearby and the Wyre Forest lies between the town and Bewdley.

There are a number of landmarks in the town, the most famous of which is the 12th-century St. Mary's church in the town centre, renowned for its crooked spire.

Ludlow:

A market town in Shropshire, close to the Welsh border and in the Welsh Marches. It lies within a bend of the River Teme,

The Ludlow Festival has been held annually since 1960. An open area within the castle serves as the stage and backdrop for various Shakespearean plays, while a number of supporting events at various venues include classical and pop/rock concerts, varied musicians, lecture talks from public figures, and entertainers.

 

Bridgenorth:
Bridgenorth has a theatre, the Theatre On The Steps, and a 1930s cinema which is still in use, the Majestic, originally having one screen, but now three. There is a museum, the Northgate Museum with many artifacts connected with the Town and surrounding area

Bridgnorth is home to a funicular railway that links the high and low towns, the Castle Hill Railway, which is the steepest and only inland railway of its type in the country.

 

Broseley:

In 2007, Broseley won a Gold award in the Heart of England Britain in Bloom competition for the second year running, also gaining first place in the Best Small Town category.

Broseley has a large Amateur Dramatics society, BroADS, which performs a number of plays every year. There is also a thriving arts and crafts community, who form a group known as the Broseley Artists.

 

Much Wenlock:

The town is known for Wenlock Olympian Games set up by Dr. William Penny Brookes in 1850. In 1861 he was also instrumental in setting up the Shropshire Games and later in 1866, the National Olympian Games.

 

Shifnal:

A picturesque little Market town, once an important staging post on the London to Holyhead road. The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford is nearby.

Shifnal is home to Naughty Nell's public house, a restored 16th century coaching inn, originally known as the Unicorn, claims to have been the home of Nell Gwyn and her renowned bedchamber.

 

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