Out & About in Shropshire

The family run Hundred House Hotel in Norton, Shropshire was awarded Shropshire Inn of the Year Award 2005. The Césars are the Oscars of the hotel world and this Hotel in Shropshire was awarded César in the “utterly enjoyable mild eccentricity” category. This is one of an increasing number of awards won by this Shropshire hotel. The Hundred House Hotel is probably the only Hotel in Shropshire to have received two rosettes for food in the AA Restaurant Guide for tweve years running. The Hotel is an ideal base to explore Shropshire’s attractions including the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Shropshire’s famous Severn Valley Railway.

The Ironbridge Gorge: Ironbridge, south of Telford, was the Silicon Valley of the Industrial Revolution. In company with the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal, the Ironbridge Gorge is a World Heritage Site. Here seven distinctly different museums show how this area lit the fuse to the Industrial Revolution. The iron bridge was built by Abraham Darby in 1779.

Severn Valley Railway: One of the country’s most attractive steam journeys travelling through 16 miles of glorious countryside with superb views of the river en-route.

Stokesay Castle: The country’s most perfectly preserved 13th century fortified manor house. A picturesque group with its Jacobean gatehouse and nearly parish church, all nestling in peaceful countryside near the Welsh Border.

Much Wenlock: A sleepy old market town with great charm. Much Wenlock was granted its first charter in 1468. The half-timbered Guildhall and the Priory Ruins are well worth a visit.

Wenlock Edge: The fossil beds of Wenlock Edge were formed as coral reefs somewhere south of the Equator. The Edge offers dramatic views over the rich agricultural land of south-east Shropshire. There are paths and ways for walkers, cyclists and riders.

Old Colehurst Manor: Elizabethan Manor House – 1580. A unique collection of exotic plants, old English roses, clematis, herbs and knot garden. Restored moat, formal and wildlife ponds.

Weston Park: One of the great historic homes of England. A 17th Century House set in 1,000 acre Parkland. Weston is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford.

Wroxeter: Wroxeter boasts the ruins of Viroconium, the fourth-largest city in Roman Britain.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm: Living History – a waggoner with heavy horses works the land of this 19th Century farm.

Ludlow Castle: Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, built the massive sandstone keep and castle in 1085. Over the years it was developed, destroyed and rebuilt. Here the two sons of Edward IV were kept safe before they were taken to their deaths in the Tower of London.

Telford: There are now over 3000 companies in Telford, including over 130 overseas firms that continue to thrive and grow with the town.The town boasts one of the UK’s highest concentrations of Japanese manufacturing companies in one town. The Telford International Centre hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, large conferences and major product launches.

Walking: Shropshire has over 3,500 miles of rights of way. Our long distance walking routes run through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes you will find anywhere in Britain.