We keep a wide range of guides to places to visit near here, from ancient bronze age remains, old lead mines, lovely National Trust and English Heritage places, medaeival towns, vineyards – in fact loads of information for you.
For National Trust properties we have Attingham Park near SHrewsbury, Powys Castle at Welshpool (home of Clive of India), Berrington Hall and Croft Castle near Ludlow.
The jewel in English Heritage’s crown is Stokesay Castle at Craven Arms, with various other properties at Much Wenlock (Wenlock Priory), Haughmond Abbey, Buildwas Abbey and the ancient Roman city at Wroxeter – which is next to the award winning Wroxeter Vineyard. There is another, very new Vineyard at Kerry on the way to Newtown which is great for lunch and coffees. Stokesay Court (not to e confused with the castle which they used to own) was the setting for the film Atonement staring Kiera Knightly and has guided tours which must be booked.
The Land of Lost content in Craven Arms provides a treasure trove of household items prompting you to say -“I remember that”. Think Stylophone, or the introduction of nylons to the UK, an early teasmade, wind up gramophone – the list is very long.
Ironbridge Gorge with its ten historic museums dating from the Industrial Revolution is about an hour away. Our favourite is Blists Hill where the staff are all in Victorian costume and happy to show off skills of the day. Try the Fish & Chips – fried in lard to give a delicous flavour though no good for vegetarians. Whilst over that way you can also visit RAF Cosford Museum with a range of planes on display inside massive hangers (and planes literally hanging), plus David Austin roses is very nearby in Albrighton.
For lower-key industrial archaeology visit Snailbeach Mine just down the road – or Tankerville, Roman Gravels, The Bog for other historic lead mines. And don’t forget to call in at The Bog Visitor Centre for fantastic home-made cake and local crafts in an old village school.