Shropshire Towns

To discover Shropshire's districts and towns, please click the district of Shropshire you would like to explore on the map below. Alternatively click the relevant text link for the town below.

North Shropshire

Ellesmere

Is the heart of Shropshire's meres and mosses, where the nutrient rich waters of the Mere attract an abundant amount of wildlife. This can all be viewed from the comfort of the visitor centre using CCTV.

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Market Drayton

A market - so good that the town was named after it. The town is also known as the home of gingerbread which has been baked to a secret recipe in the town for over 200 years. Some say rum is included; but just in case it isn't the locals tend to dip it in port before they eat it.

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Wem

Lies at the heart of North Shropshire, a perfect base for exploring in all directions. It is, as our friends across the water might describe as "quaint", filled with pretty Georgian buildings and delightful 'proper' small shops. The annual sweet pea show is a riot of colour and scent to delight the eye and tickle the nostril.

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Whitchurch

The oldest continually inhabited town in Shropshire. Whitchurch is also home to the firm J. B. Joyce (est. 1690), the oldest tower clock makers in the world.

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Oswestry

Oswestry is named after King Oswald of Northumbria, who died in AD641. Reverend Spooner was educated here and Dick Whittington also reputedly came from the nearby village of Whittington.

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Central Shropshire

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is Shropshire's county town and is almost an island, encapsulated as it is in the meandering loop of the River Severn. Charles Darwin was born here and his statue sits outside Shrewsbury Library watching over his town.

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Ironbridge & Severn Valley

Albrighton

Albrighton village High Street has not altered too much over the years - the half timbered inns and Georgian facades still make the street as picturesque as it was when the lime trees were planted back in 1832.

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Bridgnorth

Was described by Charles I as the "Finest View in all my Kingdom" and its easy to see why, for the town remains as stunning today as it was 350 years ago. It is also home to the Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth Cliff Railway - England's oldest inland Funicular railway and RAF Cosford - catch the last of the few.

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Broseley

Situated only 4 miles from the nearby town of Much Wenlock, Broseley sits on the lip of the wooded Ironbridge Gorge and houses many reminders of its industrial past.

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Much Wenlock

Is home of the Modern Olympic Games, honestly! They were the brainchild of William Penny Brookes, his lofty aim was to provide the locals with an alternative to one of their favourite pastimes: drinking. Fortunately Shropshire's many delightful pubs seem to have survived his attentions. In fact, many of our innkeepers have branched out into serving fine food too. We don't know what happened to the Olympics.

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Ironbridge

It's all so peaceful to day... Strange to think, then, that 250 years ago this was the furnace in which the Industrial Revolution was being forged. But it was here, within the dramatic gorge of the River Severn, that the great Ironmaster Abraham Darby (the first) perfected the secret of smelting iron with cheap and plentiful coke, rather than expensive charcoal. There are also the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums that are well worth a visit.

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Telford

Telford named after Thomas Telford the renowned civil engineer, Telford's gleaming buildings and hi tech businesses mark it out as a town for the future. One of the UK's fastest growing and most successful new towns - it contrasts with its historic neighbour Ironbridge the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

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Wellington

Wellington sits comfortably in the shade of the Wrekin, which dominates the landscape. The proximity of the town to the Wrekin means that it is a popular spot for walkers wishing to work their way to the top.

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Newport

Newport is one of Shropshire's picturesque market towns, located 10 miles from Telford on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border between two streams, River Meece and the Strine Brook, both tributaries of the River Tern.

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Madeley

Madeley is full of history, its orgins can be traced back to the 8th Century and it is recorded in the Doomsday book.

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Shifnal

Home to Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, where Charles II did snooze while avoiding capture by Cromwell's bloodthirsty hordes. Nearby, you'll find the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford. There are over 80 aircraft on view in three wartime hangars on an active airfield. Chocks away!

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South Shropshire

Bishop's Castle

A traditional Old English town with old fashioned butchers, bakers and other high street shops. The town has a house on crutches and there are two museums celebrating local history and the railway.

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Church Stretton

'Little Switzerland' - without the wolves and avalanches. A thriving antiques centre with over 60 stalls is open every day and nearby Acton Scott Historic Farm will give you a taste of farming at the turn of the 19th Century well before mechanisation.

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Craven Arms

Is home to Stokesay Castle, the finest 13th Century fortified manor house in England. The town is an ideal place for long walks along scenic routes through Shropshire's idyllic countryside.

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Clun

Is home to Stokesay Castle, the finest 13th Century fortified manor house in England. The town is an ideal place for long walks along scenic routes through Shropshire's idyllic countryside.

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Cleobury Mortimer

Cleobury Mortimer is set on the flanks of the Clee Hills - Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee which has the highest summit south of the Pennines. Surrounded by panoramic views and wonderful walks.

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Ludlow

Gastronomic Capital of Shropshire and home of the 14th best restaurant in the world. Ludlow is also an official 'slow' town with a quality of life quite apart from the hustle and bustle of the modern day.

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