Towns and villages
Must-see attractions in Shropshire include:
Since 1998, Shropshire has been administratively divided into Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire County Council. However for most purposes it is still one county with the same media, press, emergency services, records service, etc.
Some parts of West Shropshire have a Welsh influence in their place names, though the people living there speak English like the rest of the county.
Shropshire is relatively easy to get to by road and rail.
Railways also run from the south to Shrewsbury, stopping primarily in Ludlow and Church Stretton. The main line from Birmingham and Wolverhampton also runs to Shrewsbury and then north to Chester or west to Wales. Shropshire does have a direct link to London, albiet it only a few times a day, and it taking approximately four hours direct (the 'scenic route'), when switching at Birmingham New Street and taking two trains, arriving at London Euston would be just over two hours. The direct service is called Wrexham and Shropshire and runs from Shrewsbury to London, stopping at Wellington and Telford in Shropshire, before continuing to Banbury and then London Marylebone
Shropshire is a predominantly rural area and sparsely populated. Car transport remains essential for travellers wanting to take full advantage of the county, despite recent efforts to increase public transport usage.
It is possible to see most of the major sites by public transport. However, trains and buses can be infrequent or seasonal.
Most towns in Shropshire have their own public transport and taxi service.
Seasonal shuttle buses give access to areas of Shropshire including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see Church Stretton).
Shropshire is home to over 32 castles, so there is plenty of history and heritage to be found in the county.
If gardens are more your thing, you won't be disappointed. Shropshire is home to some 20 national collections including English roses, clematis and tulips. Choose from the award-winning Wollerton Old Hall Garden near Market Drayton, the Dorothy Clive Garden near Market Drayton and Hawkstone Park and Follies near Shrewsbury.
With over 90 attractions to visit, here are just some of the attractions that you can explore and discover:
Stokesay Castle. A very romantic 13th century fortified manor house.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The world's first iron bridge, (oddly beautiful), spanning the River Severn. Birth place of the industrial revolution, Ironbridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are nine award-winning museums and sites that tell this momentous story.
The Severn Valley Railway. Britains premier steam railway, covers 16 miles of glorious countryside and restored stations. Shropshire also has many other steam train attractions.
Wroxeter Roman City (Viroconium). The fourth largest Roman city in Britain. Wroxeter was also the city of Camelot in the legend of King Arthur. Much to see and learn. You can follow the trail of King Arthur.
The Royal Airforce Museum, Cosford. Aviation history brought to life, the largest collection of missiles in the country. Exciting displays of civil and military planes.
Weston Park. Ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. Lots of events, concerts and the occasional world summit.
Hawkstone Historic Park and Follies. Wooded magical land of grottoes, caves, cliffs and follies. Setting for the TV Chronicles of Narnia. Awesome.
Wroxeter Roman Vineyard. One of the world's most northerly vineyards, producing red, white and sparkling wines.
A working watermill, Victorian Judges Lodgings and a Nuclear Bunker. Just how diverse can we get?
Shropshire is is an excellent place to find locally grown produce, farmer's markets and delis. The county is home to the National winner of the retail cheese awards and a national finalist in the Taste of England awards.
Shropshire specialties include Shrewsbury biscuits, Gingerbread, Whimberry Pie and Fidget Pie.
Traditional pubs and inns, tearooms and fine dining restaurants can all be found in Shropshire.
Shropshire is renowned for its real ale and leads the way in the "home brew" revival. Here you'll find traditional pubs and inns and micro-breweries. The South Shropshire town of Bishops Castle has been happily brewing since 1642 and is home to some of the county's breweries.
You can even try Shropshire wine at Wroxeter Roman Vineyard, an historic site near Shrewsbury. Choose from a whole host of wines including Shropshire Gold, Wrekin Reserve and Wroxeter Medium. The vineyard also offers tours and tastings.
Shropshire is a rural county and generally safe with a low crime rate.