The Local Area
Explore this fascinating early industrial town. It was here that the first Watts blowing engine was erected, the first iron boat built and the Iron Bridge conceived and planned. Broseley has its own museum, where the door closed behind the last traditional pipe maker in 1957 sealing in 350 years of skills and memories. Step into this time capsule from where tobacco pipes in the thousands were shipped worldwide.
The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge & the Ironbridge Gorge are just two miles from our doorstep. Though renown as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the main industrial elements have long-gone and the River Severn now flows through a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of rural Shropshire. Remnants of industrial heritage exist in the form of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge museums, including Blists Hill Victorian town.
The beautiful “black & white” town of Much Wenlock has much to offer throughout the year including shops, restaurants & pubs with great food.
It was also the home of Dr William Penny Brookes, one of the most influential pioneers of the modern day Olympic Games and you will find many Olympian related artefacts in the local museum and around the town. The spectacular ruins of Wenlock Priory (English Heritage) are located a short walk from the town square.
Shropshire’s county town is famous for its mediaeval buildings, including Shrewsbury Abbey (fictional home of Brother Cadfael).
The river, with riverside walks, almost circles the town, which has excellent shopping facilities, museums and a castle.
This beautiful mediaeval town is divided in two – a high town and low town. There are caves, a castle, a cliff railway and it is the northern terminus of the Severn Valley Steam Railway.
Bordered and divided by Britain’s longest river, The Severn, there are spectacular views of the valley and low town from the high town.
In fact, it is said that King Charles I, who upon visiting the town in 1642 remarked that the view is “the finest in my domain”.
Ludlow is arguably one of the finest historic towns in England with a wealth of beautiful period buildings.