South Shropshire remains remarkably undiscovered and unchanged. There are many interesting things to do and fascinating places to visit and we are centrally located for most of them. Some of our favourites, all less than an hour from Coseley House, are:
Church Stretton is at the foot of the Stretton Hills and has many interesting small family run shops, cafes and pubs.
Ludlow has been described as “the most perfect town in England” by John Betjeman. It is a thriving market town with historic castle, church and timber buildings. Ludlow has gained a reputation for fine food and has several festivals during the year to celebrate its history and the food of South Shropshire.
Much Wenlock is a beautiful black and white Shropshire town which is also famous as the birthplace of the modern Olympics. The ruins of Wenlock Priory and the half-timbered guildhall are well worth a visit.
Bridgnorth has a low town and a high town linked by a functioning Victorian funicular. The low town is on the banks of the River Severn and used to be a thriving port. The high town held the castle, churches and mansions. Bridgnorth is also the start of the Severn Valley Steam Railway.
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire and has a lot to offer the visitor. It is a largely unspoilt medieval town with over 600 listed buildings and interesting little alleyways and streets with names such as Mardol, Dogpole and Wyle Cop.
South Shropshire and the surrounding area contains some excellent historic buildings and museums many of which relate to Ironbridge, the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
Ironbridge Gorge is a remarkable place to visit. A huge amount of early industry survives including furnaces, factories, workshops, canals and the settlements of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport. There are 10 museums to visit in the gorge.
Stokesay Castle is a remarkable fortified manor house which has hardly altered since the late 13th century.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum was conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to preserve traditonal farming techniques that might otherwise be lost to modern practices. It stocks many traditional breeds of animal and demonstrates rural crafts, whilst the land around is worked with heavy horses.
The Dudmaston Estate and Attingham Park are large Shropshire country estates run by the National Trust. The National Trust also looks after parts of Wenlock Edge and the Shropshire Hills around Carding Mill.
There are many other activities and places to visit. Shropshire Tourism provides further information.