Shropshire For Groups
Whether you have a large or small group you will be delighted to know that Shropshire treats all its guests as individuals. Our aim is to ensure that your visit to Shropshire is memorable, enjoyable and trouble free.
Shropshire's established group representatives are able to provide you with a range of services and their local knowledge and professional approach make tailor made and bespoke itineraries a Shropshire speciality.
The Youth Exchange Service (YES) works with overseas and UK visitors wanting to visit Shropshire. YES can provide itineraries for individual client's needs and also offers work experience and English lessons for overseas visitors. To email the YES, please click here.
Suggested Itineraries For Groups
Shropshire has plenty to offer both coach parties and individual visitors wanting to explore the county by car. To make you want to return for more, we have compiled several different itineraries for you to choose from. Alternatively you can design your own tour and discover Shropshire for yourself. All of the attractions listed accept groups, however it is advisable to contact the establishments individually.
To view examples of our itineraries, please click on the links below:
- To save a Nation
- Shropshire Treasures
- Shropshire Heritage
- Clive of India
- Shopping in Shropshire
- Back to the Land
- The way we used to Live
- Borderland Museums & Castles
- Mere's Canals & Countryside
- Gardens Galore
- South Shropshire
- Bridgnorth & The Severn Valley
All of the attractions/accommodation providers featured in the following itineraries need to be contacted directly to arrange your visit or stay.
For smaller tours you may want to take advantage of the many traditional bed and breakfasts dotted around the area.
Click the link to search for different types of accommodation within the area.
Detailed Events Lists
Shropshire is also host to many events throughout the year, these can be incorporated in to any of the following itineries. To search for events taking place during your visit to Shropshire, please visit the Shropshire events page.
Finding Group Accommodation
To find a detailed list of accommodation providers please visit the Shropshire accommodation page.
Suggesting Places To Eat
To find a detailed list of places to eat, drink and refresh, please visit the Shropshire food and drink page.
Arranging Guiding Services And Tours
Shrewsbury Tourism offers guiding services with professionally trained blue badge guides. Guided walking tours of Shrewsbury Town are particularly extensive and reveal the stories, characters and events that shaped the Tudor Town. Walking tours include the facinating Ghostly Shrewsbury themed tours as well as Brother Cadfael, Charles Darwin and general interest historical tours. Tours can be arranged at any time of the year, contact Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01743 258888 for details. Guides for coach tours of Shropshire and for slide talks are also available.
The historic market town of Oswestry offers costumed and themed walking tours with local trained guides. Medieval or Victorian Oswestry tours are available. Walking tours can be arranged at any time of the year to suit your group. For a spine tingling tour of haunted Oswestry, there are also Ghoulish and Ghost Tours which take place on Tuesdays throughout October. To arrange a tour contact Oswestry Town Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01691 662753.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums also offer guiding services with a guide accompanying your group around any three of the ten museums of your choice. Guides are available for a full or half day. For further information contact the Ironbridge Gorge Museums on 01952 435900
For other guided town tours please contact the Visitor Information Centre of the town of your choice.
The National Trust also offer guided tours at Chirk Castle and Powis Castle.
Chirk Castle, near Oswestry offer a Suds and Starch tour which, in contrast to its elegant staterooms housing elaborate plasterwork and grand portraits, allows groups to discover how the hard working servants really worked in the wet and dry laundries. See the 'Vowel' washing machine a vintage spin dryer and a box mangle with its ingenious system of gears and chains. Take a look at the heavy irons and be amazed at the perfection that was expected from folding and ironing frills!
Group tours of the house and the laundry are available in the morning from Wednesday - Sunday 25th March - 29th October. The pre-booked tours last 1 1/2 hours. For more information contact Chirk Castle
Powis Castle, near Welshpool offer a range of tours from a Green Fingers tour of the magnificent gardens to a private tour of the Castle, a Paintings Tour and a Furniture Tour.
The Green Fingers Tour is accompanied by the head gardener and his green fingered staff who will give your group an invaluable insight into the secrets of Powis Castle's world famous garden. Tours of the garden last 11/2-2 hours and costs £18.60 per person. The tours are only available in the Autumn.
A Private Tour of the Castle will take your group on a fascinating journey of the last 400 years uncovering the ambitions and secrets of the Herbert family. Whilst the Painting Tour will allow your group to discover the history and importance of the impressive collection and how they are cared for by the specialists. The Furniture Tour meanwhile, focuses on the history and care of the fantastic furniture at the Castle.
All tours inside the Castle cost £21.60 per person and last from 2-2 1/2 hours. All tours are available daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the open season. For more information contact Powis Castle
For overseas groups, the Youth Exchange Service, in Shrewsbury offer groups or individuals over 16 years of age the opportunity to live with a Shropshire host and undertake work experience. Special interest programmes and sports with language courses are also available. For more information contact the Youth Exchange Service
Providing Themed Publications
A range of publications are produced by Shropshire Tourism and its partner organisations. A general list of tourism publications can be found on the Shropshire Brochure Request page however, for more specialised publications contact Shropshire Tourism Tel: 01743 261919
Providing Town Maps
If you are bringing a group to Shropshire and are unsure of where to park your coach, stop for the toilet or find the nearest Tourist Information Centre, please use the links below to view detailed town maps. These can be downloaded, printed and used on your trip.
- Bishops Castle
- Market Drayton
For further information about groups, guiding services or touring routes and itineraries, please contact Claire Jones, Senior Marketing Officer.
Tel: 01743 261919 or click here to contact us by email.