Madeley is full of history, its orgins can be traced back to the 18th Century and it is recorded in the Doomsday book.
The Parish of Madeley was orginally made up from the towns of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale. The town retains 51 historic listed buildings that give visitors an idea of its importance.
Perhaps the most significant of these buildings is Woolfe's Barn, where in 1651, King Charles II found sanctuary after fleeing the battle of Worcester during the Civil War.
The church of St Michael was designed by Thomas Telford and was built in 1796. Opposite the church, you'll find the Old Rectory, a house dating back to 1700 where the methodist Reverend, John Fletcher, who was a follower of John Wesley, lived from 1760 to 1785.
Another historic building is Madeley Court, which largely dates back to the mid-16th Century, however some parts go as far back as the 13th. The building was the home of Sir Basil Brooke, one of the architects of the industrial revolution and today it has been renovated into a hotel.
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Attractions in Madeley
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a clean, friendly farm that appeals to all ages and offers close contact with over 120 different species of animals from fluffy yellow chicks and baby lambs to Servals, Otters, Meerkats and Lemurs.
Burford House & Gardens is perfect destination for all the family, including the dog! With a children's playground, ornamental duck pond, shopping emporium, magnificent gardens, a relaxing Café-Bar, a garden centre and family-friendly events - there really is something for everyone.
Burford House & Gardens
Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms, nestles in peaceful South Shropshire countryside near the Welsh Border. It is one of more than a dozen English Heritage properties in the county.
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Your visit to the Ironbridge Gorge is not complete until you have included Maws Craft Centre in your itinerary. Maws Craft Centre is home to 30 small businesses, around 20 of which are small independently run shops that are open throughout the year.
The gardens were started in 1922 when a chain of seven lakes and pools were created with rare trees and shrubs. Rhododendrons and camellias thrive in the acid soil; iros and other bog plants enjoy their position around the pools.
FREE Admission. The award winning Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.
Once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, visitors to Wroxeter today can take a tour around the fascinating ruins, and explore the new Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’.
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Get up close and personal to Shropshire’s larger than life mammoth and step back into the Iron Age. If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids or grandkids during the summer holidays we have several family events to keep children and adults amused and entertained.
It’s been called ‘truly inspirational’ by HRH Prince of Wales, ‘ one of the world’s most appealing small museums’ by historian Dr John Davies and won numerous national awards, including ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’. When the BBC brought Historic Royal Palaces Curator and historian, Lucy Worsley to film, she exclaimed ‘WHAT a stunning place!’ You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional attraction in the tiny border town of Presteigne. You can explore the ‘upstairs downstairs’ lives of its Victorian inhabitants, from Judge’s to their servants and felonious guests, all by the flicker of gas and oil lighting throughout and a hands-on policy that allows you to immerse yourself into their world.
Choose from tiny tots woodland treks, Gruffalo trails, family rides, cream tea rides or enjoy a jug of pimms on return from your ride! We also offer superb tuition as we are home to 4 UKCC professional coaches and offer confidence building beginner lessons right up to X Country jumping and show jumping for the more advanced rider.
The Old Vicarage Centre
Boscobel House is a beautiful but modest hunting lodge which sheltered Charles II after defeat at Worcester.
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Haughmond Abbey, which is sometimes referred to as the Abbey of St John the Evangelist, is located only four miles outside of Shrewsbury and of the three houses of Austin canons established in Shropshire.
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Builwas abbey is located along the banks of the river Severn, about 2 miles west of Ironbridge.
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With stunning views towards the Black Mountains, Hergest Croft Gardens has spectacular spring and autumn colour. They extend over 70 acres; contain more than 5,000 rare trees and shrubs planted in over six distinct areas.
Hergest Croft Gardens
The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site in a beautiful setting within the grounds of Morville Hall (National Trust), near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
The Dower House
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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the 19th century. The farm has featured on BBC TV's 'Victorian Farm', ‘Countryfile’ and many other film and TV shows.
Wenlock Priory, with it's stunning clipped topiary, has a pastoral setting on the edge of lovely Much Wenlock.
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St Chad’s is an iconic Grade 1 listed building of unique circular design by George Steuart. It is the civic church of Shrewsbury and the military church of Shropshire. St Chad’s is a member of the Greater Churches Network, and has the largest seating capacity of any church in Shropshire. Open every day for worship and all visitors welcome.
St Chad's Terrace
Arley Arboretum & Gardens provides the ideal day out for you and your family, a dream escape from the bustle of everyday life. There is plenty to do for all ages from the Italian garden with its fountain, to the Themed Trails and maze. Our Peacocks are also a splendid sight wandering around the gardens.
Green Flag Award winning Country Park. Teashop and toilets. 3 way-marked trails. Parking at Alveley and Highley. Located on National Cycle Network (Route 45). Play area. Request stop on the Severn Valley Railway.
Accommodation in Madeley
Come and enjoy a friendly relaxing break at Mill House, a former mill. We are set in idyllic surroundings on the Shropshire Way. River and pool close by and access to walks, with views, over Ludlow and Clee Hill right on our doorstep.
Why not enjoy a relaxed break at this family run Inn, which was built in 1774 and for the past 28 years has been successfully run by the Poulton family. They have built up an excellent reputation for their selection and quality of their meals and their personal relationship with their guests.
Peacefully situated in its own grounds, with beautiful views of hills & farm animals. Ensuite bedrooms, guests sitting room, log fires, local produce, warm welcome.
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Early 19th century Granary in hill country. Sleeps two/four with view over farmland. Antique furniture compliments surroundings. Excellent walking, cycling. Pets welcome.
The Old Vicarage
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Anton Guest House offers 4 star quality ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation with comfortable beds, delicious, award winning breakfasts, free WiFi, large LCD TVs with DVD players and a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the many delights of Shrewsbury.
1 Canon Street
Stable cottage is a comfortable holiday cottage in the quiet suberb of Meole Brace. Converted from the stable block of the former vicarage it has one double room and one room with bunk beds.
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44 Ensuite bedrooms including 4 poster and queen size beds. 2 Rosette awarded restaurant. Function room. Licensed for civil ceremonies .Traditional bars. Free parking and within walking distance of Ironbridge Gorge museums.
College Hill House is a town centre 16th Century listed building. We have en-suite rooms available, all with color TV, tea/cofee making facilities.
11 College Hill
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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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Pen-y-Dyffryn looks an absolute gem of a place - and it is. Set in staggeringly beautiful hill-country, this silver-stone former Georgian rectory is on an oasis of peace, quiet & friendly informality on the Shropshire/Welsh border.
Lower house dates from the early 17th century and is situated on a quiet country lane amongst the hills of the Welsh borders. There is excellent walking from the house and lots of interesting places to visit in the area.
Country house hotel & restaurant on river Teme, admist beautiful gardens and countryside - award winning restaurant open to non-residents. Superb walking & birdwatching - special breaks available. AA Courtesy & care award NAS 3.
A choice of 6 accommodations. Old barns on two separate sites converted self-contained units to accommodate families of all sizes. Comfortably furnished and well-equipped. Also a spacious 10-bedroom farmhouse.
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The ideal location for that special celebration or relaxing holiday, for over 60 guests. A selection of superior 4*gold and 5*gold properties, large private gardens, swimming pool (April to October), private chef, beauty therapist, photographer all available. Dogs welcome, except at Great Western.
Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mynd House is an award winning B&B. It has eight well-appointed guest rooms - one suite, four doubles, two twin rooms and a single room, seven of them offer sought-after hill views (the remaining room overlooks the garden).
The Coach House Norbury is a modern country inn offering superior bed & breakfast, dinner and drinks. Our friendly team are dedicated to quality food & drink and making sure you have the best time possible when you are with us.