Itinerary Category: general
Perhaps surprisingly Shropshire is an ideal destination for a family holiday, there are plenty of interesting and informative places to visit that really do offer something for everyone. There are enough different activities here to keep a family busy for an entire week!
Suggested by: Catherine Evans of Broome Park Farm B&B
Severn Valley Railway – 6hrs
Spend a day on the Severn Valley Railway, a 16 mile steam railway running along the banks of the River Severn from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. Starting at Kidderminster the train passes through the West Midlands Safari Park – good for animal spotting! Otherwise join the train in Bewdley, having visited the museum first – its free! An all day ticket allows you to get on and off the train at will. Highley has a new Engine Shed and Cafe for Elevenses! In Bridgnorth a footbridge brings you out in High Town. Enjoy browsing in the independent shops and have lunch in one of the many pubs or coffee shops. Take the Cliff Railway to Low Town and the River Severn. A short stroll over the bridge and upstream is the Recreation Ground. Explore the Castle grounds before catching a return train.
Rays Farm – 3hrs
Rays Farm is a high-quality family attraction set in the glorious Shropshire countryside near Bridgnorth. Relax and enjoy wildlife and nature as it was intended – ancient woodlands, winding pathways, wild flowers and ferns, all creating the perfect atmosphere to unwind and let time drift by. What you will see on the farm… many breeds of Deer, including Reindeer, the largest privately owned Owl collection in Shropshire, a friendly herd of Pygmy Goats,ponies,donkeys,red squirrels, ducks, geese, chickens, peafowl, rabbits, guinea pigs, wild bird viewing hide, Nursery rhyme wood sculptures, pigs, sheep, alpaca, 8 acres of ancient woodland walks, Myth and magic woodcarvings, Childrens’ play area, Toddlers’ play area. The coffee shop serves refreshments throughout the day.
Severn Valley Country Park – 2hrs
Severn Valley Country Park spans both sides of the River Severn at Highley and Alveley. Once the site of a thriving coal mine, the area was reclaimed in the late 1980s and is now a mosaic of ancient woodland, young plantation woodland, wildflower meadows, streams and ponds. There is a visitor centre with cafe and toilets, plus ample parking. The visitor centre is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm. A variety of trails take you around the park and out into the wider countryside. Horse riders and cyclists are welcome and route 45 of the National Cycle Network passes through the park. There is also an orienteering course and a request stop on the Severn Valley heritage steam railway.
Daniels Mill, Eardington – 1hrs
Daniels Mill is a fully working watermill set in the idyllic Shropshire countryside, deep in a wooded valley crossed by the 19th century viaduct carrying the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. Visitors to this tourist attraction are taken back in time when the mill wheel turns and a steam train from the Severn Valley Railway crosses the viaduct at the same time. See wheat being turned into flour by the heavy millstones in the traditional way used for centuries and experience the sight and sounds of yesteryear. There are walks around peaceful pools and the old mill ruin with conducted tours for all visitors to the mill. A gift shop is open and and 100% wholemeal flour available for sale. Tea, coffee and scones made from our own milled flour are available to mill visitors.
West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park – 6hrs
The Safari is self drive in your own vehicle (no monkeys these days) and is home to over 600 animals, often abundant with babies. See Indian rhinos, rare white lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, wolves, zebra, gnu – the list is endless. Best to arrive at opening time to beat the rush. Next follow the Discovery Trail – a fantastic all-weather animal attraction and is where you can find Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, SeaQuarium, Creepy Crawlies, Twilight Cave and Seal Island which all make for a fun-filled time. Why not also take the opportunity to enjoy a Reptile Encounter for a chance to discover more about these fascinating animals. These run daily through the summer season, weather permitting. Finally enjoy the thrills and spills of 30 fun rides and attractions to suit the whole family.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums – 6hrs
A whole day and more can be spent visiting this World Heritage Site. Home to the World famous Ironbridge there is so much more to see! There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the River Severn – still spanned by the world’s first Iron Bridge. The Two must sees for a Family are Enginuity and the Blist Hill Victorian Town. If the weather is wet visit Enginuity first as it is all undercover. This is an interactive experience with lots of hands on exhibits. Step back in time when you visit Blist Hill – costumed staff give a fascinating insight into how life was lived in Victorian Times. Exchange your money in the Bank; admire the goods in the Grocers, Bakery and Sweetshop. Find out about curious remedies in the Chemist and see the printer and candle-maker in action.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre – 3hrs
This is the perfect itinerary for a rainy day! Start by visiting the perfect place to start your exploration of the Shropshire Hills, the Secret Hills exhibition dips into the stories of the area. You can find out about the chilling Ice Age and meet our Mammoth – a full size replica of the skeleton found at Condover, near Shrewsbury. You’ll get a flavour of life in the Iron Age and discover the story of some of Shropshire’s many medieval castles. To entertain the children during your visit we’ll challenge them to become landscape detectives, with our Timeline Trail. If the weather improves head to the hills to try Geocaching – orienteering with GPS. The Centre can hire all equipment needed. Excellent cafe serving locally sourced food.
Mickey Millers Family Play Barn – 2hrs
Suitable for kids of all ages this all weather attraction is a great wet weather option! There is a separate toddler area and large air conditioned seating area for those who don’t wish to play. Feeling hungry then relax and enjoy Mrs Miller’s fabulous food – great value, home-made and locally sourced.
Ludlow Castle – 2hrs
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of Ludlow, a superb, bustling black & white market town. The Castle, firstly a Norman Fortress and extended over the centuries to become a fortified Royal Palace, has ensured Ludlow’s place in English history – originally built to hold back unconquered Welsh, passing through generations of the de Lacy and Mortimer families to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. It became Crown property in 1461 and remained a royal castle for the next 350 years. Climb the battlements for superb views over Ludlow. Excellent shop and Tea rooms.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm – 4hrs
The Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate. The Old School, originally built by Frances Stackhouse Acton in the late 19th century to educate the children of the Parish, has been recently restored and is now a charming cafe. It serves home cooked hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks and is also open to non-farm visitors. There is a gift shop and special events throughout the open season.
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