Surely Shropshire must be one of the most beautiful counties in Britain? With our rolling hills, green pastures and lots of unspoilt countryside we are surrounded by nature, livestock and fantastic scenery.

Our shire town of Shrewsbury is a charming mix of historical buildings, modern shops and lots of individual outlets selling everything from bespoke wedding dresses to artisan bread. Just a short hop away is Telford, a bustling new town which boasts a huge shopping centre, ice rink and fantastic outdoor play facilities at Telford Town Park. We also have in the north of the county the towns of Whitchurch, Market Drayton, famous for its gingerbread, and Ellesmere, home to a magnificent mere which covers 48 hectares and is famous countrywide.

To the west we have Oswestry, another bustling town and in the south east of the county we have Bridgnorth. Furthest south is Ludlow, famous not only for its castle but it's culinary delights too. It is home to a Michelin starred restaurant and a farm shop that has been voted the best in the country this year.

There is simply loads to do in Shropshire. We have the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, where visitors can step back in time to experience life as a Victorian and discover everything about the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Alternatively, if blowing away the cobwebs is required, a visit to our Shropshire Hills, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, may be just the ticket. In the centre of the county we have the wonderful Attingham Park where toddlers and dogs can run free. There are several paths to follow and little ones will love the Shoulder of Mutton play area. You may even catch sight of the resident herd of deer. A well earned slab of National Trust cake and pot of tea may be required after your exertions as this is a great place to burn off energy for adults and children alike.

Shropshire truly has something for everyone.

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