Those ancient Britons knew a good spot when they saw it and Ellesmere footed the bill. So they established a camp by the side of the magnificent glacial mere and the people started fishing, boating and walking around the shoreline admiring the view. Just as they do today…nothing changes.
Of course things have got a bit more sophisticated since then and Ellesmere has grown into a pretty market town with Medieval streets, Georgian houses and half timbered buildings. There's also a bundle of shops selling everything from antiques and gifts to exotic food.
Today's visitors are also more demanding so we've laid on a series of gentle walks that will take you from the mere into town and along to the Llangollen canal, past the new marina or through the Arboretum and Cremorne Gardens.
You can view the wildlife from the comfort of the visitor centre using CCTV and if that's not enough there are regular festivals, antique markets and events to amuse you.
You can obtain further details from the Meres Visitor Centre on 01691 622981.
Please click here to view a map of Ellesmere town centre.
Attractions in Ellesmere
The Mere at Ellesmere is the largest and most spectacular of the nine glacial meres around the 'North Shropshire Lake District'.
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The only one of the glacial meres in North Shropshire to have a full circular walk.
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Shirehall, Abbey Foregate
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Accommodation in Ellesmere
Spacious Georgian house in very peaceful location. 3 miles from Ellesmere. Ideal for walking, cycling, touring. Easy access to Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Chester and Llangollen.
Hordley (near Ellesmere)
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Relax and enjoy Shropshire's countryside within easy traveling distance of the Welsh Marches, the Potteries, Ironbridge Gorge Telford. The lakes of Ellesmere and of course the county town of Shrewsbury.
Secluded and picturesque touring caravan and camping park bordering the historic market town of Ellesmere. 10 elevated grass pitches, individual water/electric hook ups, chemical grey waste points.
2 Old Newnes Farm Cottages
Burlton Cottages are three stylish and characterful newly converted holiday cottages sleeping 2/2/4 people. We are dog friendly, walking distance to a village pub, short stays welcome and provide free superfast secure Wi-Fi. New for 2017 will be complimentary use of our on site Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Spa.