There are also alot of nice places to visit around North Shropshire,
and the following places are just a few of them:

1) Whitchurch

This was originally a Roman town which contained many fine buildings, dating back from medieval times. It is the home of the cheese industry of the region. Many of the local farmhouse cheeses can be brought at the local market every Friday.

At Grindley Brook on the Llangollen Canal you can see a 7 tier flight of locks, which are fully operational. Also there are many walks & wildlife available at Brown Moss which is a part of Shropshire's wetland. Whitchurch has been the home of many famous individuals like: Sir John Talbot (Marshall of France), Randolph Coldecott (famous Victorian illustrator) and finally Sir Edward German (Composer).

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2) Ellesmere

Around Ellesmere are 6 glacial meres, the largest of which is called The Mere, Ellesmere is also next to the Llangollen canal. The town has many antique and gift shops with many bargains to be had. Alot of Ellesmere dates back to medieval times, with many of the streets dating back from that time. There are also many Georgian houses to view.

Ellesmere is ideal for walking, wildlife watching, boating, and fishing. There is also the Country Park at Colemere with its own picnic area and circular walk. They have an annual festival in September and a market is held every Tuesday & Friday.

The meres were created during the last ice age, when the glaciers retreated it left clay deposits which captured standing water and created the meres.

The Mere (which is the largest mere) covers 116 acres and is over 60 feet deep in some places. It has a waterfront promenade with picnic area. You can also visit the Meres visitor centre which gives all the information on how they were formed and what wildlife it is possible to see on the Mere.

Ellesmere is just 3 miles from the Welsh border, and the actual town was strategically important, because there used to be a Norman Castle on the highest ground that portected the area from Welsh Forces.

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3) Wem

Wem is the home of the sweet pea which was pioneered by Henry Eckford. The sweet pea is celebrated at the annual flower festival each July. At the festival there is a fun fair and many floats parade through the high street. The market is held on Thursday.

They also have an annual Carnival which is on the first Saturday of September. Wem was also the scene of a famous battle during the Civil War.

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4) Grinshill

This village has a Norman Church with a distinctive spire that can be seen for miles. It was the birthplace of William Wycherley. Around the village there are superb views across the Shropshire plain, and it has its own picnic area and nature trails.

5) Hawkstone

There is a historic park and Georgian Mansion in Hawkstone, which has spectacular paths through the landscape created by Sir Rowland Hill in the 18th century mansion.

Hawkstone also has a obelisk, woodland & towering cliffs which provide great views.

The Hawkstone golf course is famous, because it is where Sandy Lyle learned his game.

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6) Hodnet Hall Gardens

Spectacular gardens set in the village of Hodnet, best during the summer.

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7) Tyrley Locks

There is a beautiful fully working flight of locks, which the long canal boats still use. Along the canal there are also wharf cottages to look at.

8) Market Drayton

This place is famous for its Gingerbread Men, and Gingerbread has been baked in the town for over 200 years.

Market Drayton is also famous for its market which is over 700 years old and is still going today every Wednesday. The town also has its own Discovery trail of the towns histroic figures which include Clive of India.

The Shropshire Union Canal passes close to the town centre and its locks and aqueduct make for a nice walk.

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9) Ironbridge

Ironbridge is a village on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England.

It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Ironbridge developed beside, and takes its name from, the famous Iron Bridge, a 30 metre (100 ft) cast iron bridge that was built across the river there in 1779.

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Last Updated: 03/03/2019