Holiday cottages in Shropshire

Ludlow, Shropshire
Search holiday cottages in Shropshire. The county of Shropshire offers any visitor plenty to see and do, historic houses and castles with beautiful gardens to explore as well as many family attractions to visit. Browse the fantastic choice of self-catering holiday homes and make your reservation with a trusted booking website.
Whitchurch is the northernmost market town in Shropshire bordering south Cheshire and Wales and offers a wealth of independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and many interesting historic houses, beautiful gardens and wildlife sites to explore. The town is set in beautiful countryside ideal for walking and enjoying the outdoors. A walk along the Llangollen Canal will bring you to the Grindly Brook staircase locks and Canalside Cafe or for those who enjoy a round of golf there are two courses adjoining the town.

Market Drayton has been the home of gingerbread for the last 200 years, believed by Draytonians to have restorative powers. Home to one of the liveliest street markets, every Wednesday Cheshire Street, the main road through the town is closed to traffic. Here you can find everything from clothing to household goods, fresh produce and textiles. The town also boasts some beautiful architecture where you can see half timbered and red brick buildings, as well as the 14th century church which dominates the skyline. Nearby there are the award winning gardens of Wollerton Old Hall, Dorothy Clive Gardens and Bridgemere Garden World as well as Hawkstone park, offering a unique landscape of cliffs, caves and grottoes.

Telford, named after civil engineer Thomas Telford, is one of the UK's fastest growing and successful towns. Surrounded by tall buildings is the largest shopping centre in Shropshire. Geared for children, the 450 acre Telford Town Park includes Wonderland where fairy stories come to life. Telford Ski Centre, Steam Railway, Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom and an Ice Rink are great ways to spend family days out.

To the west of Telford lies the beautiful medieval town of Shrewsbury where the first thing you will notice is the flowers which are planted everywhere. Offering a wealth of independent shops, bars, restaurants and pubs Shrewsbury is special. For culture lovers there is the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Abbey and Castle, numerous churches and spires. Take a walk down to the Quarry Park, relax on a river boat trip from Victoria Quay or enjoy a drink by the river, Shrewsbury has much to offer.

Southwards, along the most spectacular stretch of the Rivern Severn, lies Ironbridge set in six square miles that changed the world where Abraham Darby perfected the secret of smelting iron with cheap coke. Here within the dramatic gorge of the River Severn, the world's first iron bridge was built in 1779, and still stands today. Ironbridge is regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as many museums, craft centres, a Victorian police station and old court house, Ironbridge has much more to offer the visitor with leisure boat trips on the river, walkways and cycle tracks, there are plenty of little shops, pubs and eateries to enjoy.

Our next stop is Bridgnorth set high on a sandstone cliff. The town is divided in two, high and low town where caves, a cliff railway, a castle and civil war all had a bearing on the town today. Bridgnorth is bordered and divided by Britain's longest river, The Severn, and there are spectacular views of low town and the valley below from the high town. The town offers two unique heritage railways, one The Severn Valley Railway which operates vintage trains on a lovely stretch of the riverside line. The town has also won gold medals in Britain in Bloom and a silver award in the European floral competiton. There are shops, pubs, two markets, lovely side streets, the remnants of a Friary, a bridge and residential caves and much more to explore.

Situated on a cliff above the River Teme, surrounded by beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, is the medieval market town of Ludlow. An ideal base for walking and cycling and exploring Shropshire, Ludlow also has a reputation for offering quality food and drink with many superb restaurants and cafes. With an abundance of quality food producers, the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival is held every September. Ludlow is a great place to explore the the delights of Shrewsbury, Hereford and the Shropshire Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty or the uncrowded hills and valleys of Mid-Wales.

Heading back up the county lies the historic market town of Church Stretton, situated in the heart of the south Shropshire hills on the English/Welsh border. Church Stretton and its picturesque surrounding villages offers an ideal base for hikers, horse riders, mountain bikers and nature lovers. As a health resort, The Victorians called Church Stretton “little Switzerland” and today the town still retains its spa town feel with natural springs providing the source of Stretton Hills bottled water. There is also a variety of independent shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, plus a unique antiques emporium.

Located in the North of Shropshire near the English-Welsh border is the ancient market town of Oswestry. Much of the town centre has been designated a Conservation Area offering a mixture of architectural styles. As well as the beautiful surrounding area Oswestry offers visitors good shopping, a wide selection of pubs, cafes and bars to suit all pockets as well as a superb range of events, festivals and fairs throughout the year.

Shropshire is well worth a visit for nature lovers, history seekers and those seeking as much or as little to do whilst on holiday.