Historical Shropshire

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Shrewsbury Castle and The Shropshire Regimental Museum
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Shrewsbury Castle and The Shropshire Regimental Museum
The oldest parts of the Castle were built between 1066 and 1074, during the reign of William the Conqueror. There were additions over several centuries. Later, in the late 18th century, Thomas Telford remodelled the interior as a private house. The Castle was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury in 1924 through the generosity of Shropshire...
ACTON BURNELL CASTLE
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ACTON BURNELL CASTLE
Tucked away in a quiet part of Shropshire is the graceful red sandstone shell of Acton Burnell Castle. It was built between 1284 and 1293 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's  Lord Chancellor, and Parliaments were held here twice, in 1283 and 1285. By 1420, the castle was abandoned, and it was allowed to decay while a new house, Acto n Burnell...
CANTLOP BRIDGE
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CANTLOP BRIDGE
The cast-iron Cantlop bridge, built in 1813, was part of an expanding network of bridges built to improve communication and trade in Shropshire. It was possibly designed and certainly approved by the great engineer Thomas Telford, who was instrumental in shaping industrial Shropshire and the West Midlands. BEFORE YOU GO How to Find It:...
LANGLEY CHAPEL
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LANGLEY CHAPEL
The enchanting little chapel at Langley is set in tranquil countryside. Its atmospheric interior contains a perfect set of 17th century timber furnishings, including a musicians' pew. Read more about the history of the chapel. BEFORE YOU GO Opening Times: Open daily, 10am-6pm from April to October, and 10am-4pm from November to March. See...
Attingham Park
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Attingham Park
Elegant 18th-century mansion with Regency interiors and deer park     Magnificent Regency interiors, with silver, furniture, painting collections     Costumed guides bring Attingham's colourful history to life     See life below stairs in the Kitchen and Servants Hall     Children's...
MORETON CORBET CASTLE
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MORETON CORBET CASTLE
The impressive ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle are the product of over 500 years of building. The earliest surviving remains are those of a stone castle begun in about 1200, including a fine gatehouse. The Corbet family remodelled the castle in the 16th century, and the Elizabethan south wing is a rare survival from this period of a bold...
HAUGHMOND ABBEY
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HAUGHMOND ABBEY
The extensive remains of an Augustinian abbey, including its abbots' quarters, refectory and cloister. The substantially surviving chapter house has a frontage richly bedecked with 12th and 14th century carving and statuary, and a fine timber roof of around 1500. Pictorial interpretation boards guide the visitor, and an introductory exhibition...
WROXETER ROMAN CITY
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WROXETER ROMAN CITY
Discover urban-living 2,000 years ago at Viriconium (Wroxeter) - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and explore a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii. Discover the daily lives of the people who lived here with the audio tour and through their objects - found here...
WENLOCK PRIORY
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WENLOCK PRIORY
The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia, whose abbess daughter Milburge was hailed as a saint. Her relics were miraculously re-discovered here in 1101, attracting both pilgrims and prosperity to the...
Hawkstone Park Follies
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Hawkstone Park Follies
Highlights include Grotto Hill, where you can explore a pitch-dark labyrinth of ancient mines cut into the cliff; the Swiss Bridge, a rustic wooden structure perched over an unnervingly deep chasm; the Cleft, a path winding between two cliffs which narrows into a dark, creepy tunnel; and the Monument, a 100ft high column which can be climbed to...
Ironbridge Gorge Museums
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Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Once described as "the most extraordinary district in the world", the Ironbridge Gorge is still a remarkable, and beautiful, place to visit today. A huge amount of early industry survives as furnaces, factories, workshops, canals and the settlements of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Jackfield and Coalport.
Enginuity - Ironbridge
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Enginuity - Ironbridge
Enginuity is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at this science and technology centre packed with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Switch on your imagination in our interactive Design & Technology Centre and discover how good ideas are turned into great products.   Find out how a...
IRON BRIDGE
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IRON BRIDGE
The world's first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn here in Shropshire in 1779. This pioneering single-span cast-iron structure was a turning point in British design and engineering; after it was built, cast iron came to be widely used in bridges, aqueducts and buildings. Now Britain's best-known industrial monument, the bridge gave...
BUILDWAS ABBEY
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BUILDWAS ABBEY
Impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey, including its unusually unaltered 12th century church and beautiful vaulted chapter house with tiled-floored chapter house. Situated in a wooded Severn-side setting, not far from the Iron Bridge and Wenlock Priory. DON'T MISS The chapter house with its amazingly intact tiled floor and decorative...
LILLESHALL ABBEY
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LILLESHALL ABBEY
Founded in about 1148, this Augustinian abbey became a private residence after the Reformation, and was severely damanged during the Civil War during a Parliamentarian siege. Despite that, much of the church survives, and is viewable from gallery level. There is also a lavishly sculpted processional door and other cloister buildings. BEFORE...
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
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Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
Set in scenic Shropshire, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has one of the largest aviation collections in the UK, with 70 historic aircraft displayed in three wartime hangars and within the new National Cold War Exhibition. This landmark building covers over 8,000sqm, visitors will be able to see Britain’s V Bombers the Vulcan, Victor and...

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OLD OSWESTRY HILL FORT
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OLD OSWESTRY HILL FORT
The huge hillfort at Old Oswestry was probably the stronghold and principal settlement of an Iron Age tribe, with its 40 acres protected by formidable ramparts. BEFORE YOU GO Access: The site contains steep pathways and uneven ground, so strong footwear is recommended. Mountain biking and cycling are not permitted on the hillfort. Parking:...
MITCHELL'S FOLD STONE CIRCLE
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MITCHELL'S FOLD STONE CIRCLE
The focus of many local legends, Mitchell's Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle set in dramatic moorland on Stapeley Hill. It once consisted of some 30 stones, 15 of which are still visible. BEFORE YOU GO Parking: A parking area is available at the end of the track. Cars are not permitted beyond the cattle grid onto the moorland. How to Find...
Stokesay Castle
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Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined. Set amid peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, Stokesay Castle forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the...
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
The perfect place to begin your exploration, or rediscovery, of the Shropshire Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will tell you some of the stories of this varied landscape, its people, its places, and its history and heritage. A visit to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will inspire you to explore the area and give you...
Clun Castle
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Clun Castle
The dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of this Welsh border castle sit high on a rocky mound on the edge of the small, picturesque town of the same name. Unusually, the castle's tall 13th century keep is set on the side of its mound. Founded shortly after the Norman Conquest, the castle and nearby settlement prospered until the...
Chirk Castle
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Chirk Castle
Magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches The last Edward I Welsh castle still lived in today 700 years of history on one site Award-winning gardens with thatched 'Hawk House', shrub garden, lime tree avenue and yew topiary Circular woodland walk through the medieval hunting park Stunning location with views over nine...
Ludlow Castle
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Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black & white market town. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility - a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society.
BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND THE ROYAL OAK
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BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND THE ROYAL OAK
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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
A short walk from the very popular Tea Room (producing a variety of food) takes you to the stables and paddocks, where you will see the farm animals. Young and old alike are entertained by African pygmy goats climbing up and down the circular steps of the goat tower, Shetland ponies, varieties of sheep, pigs and the famous Longhorn Cattle,...

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WHITE LADIES PRIORY
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WHITE LADIES PRIORY
Ruins of the late 12th century church of a small nunnery of 'white ladies' or Augustinian canonesses. The priory enjoyed a moment of high drama in 1651 when it briefly became the hiding place of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Disguised as a woodsman with his face covered in soot, he soon moved to nearby Boscobel...
Wrexham County Borough Council
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Wrexham County Borough Council
Wrexham County Borough Council Leisure and Tourism provides information, advice and online facilities for a wide range of leisure and tourism in and around Wrexham, including accommodation, shopping, culture and heritage, museums, arts clubs and associations, countryside services and sports
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
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Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Welcome to one of the nations most secret defence sites. Hack Green has played a central role in the defence of Britain for almost sixty years. As you approach Hack Green over the picturesque farmland and rolling Cheshire countryside, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful location, but it was not always like this!
Stafford Castle
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Stafford Castle
This prominent vantage point and strategic site was quickly recognised by the Normans, who built a huge timber fortress here by 1100 AD. In the years shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror is believed to have ordered defences to be built against a still hostile and rebellious native community. The fortunes of the castle...
Himley Hall and Park
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Himley Hall and Park
Himley Park is now a premier events venue playing host to a variety of outdoor events from garden plant fairs and classic vehicle shows to the breathtaking Himley Fireworks display. Admission: Free to visit. Pay and display in operation for parking. There is a charge for some of the events.    Opening Times: Himley...
Bewdley Museum
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Bewdley Museum
Set in a historic Butchers Shambles, fascinating displays give an insight into the trades and crafts of the Wyre Forest area. With hands-on activities and regular craft demonstrations there's plenty to see and do for the whole family, including the brass foundry, jails, resident crafts people, air raid shelter tours, varied exhibitions...
Hartlebury Castle and Museum
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Hartlebury Castle and Museum
Hartlebury Castle and Museum The County Museum at Hartlebury, housed in the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore. In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel and transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the...
Dudley Zoo & Castle
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Dudley Zoo & Castle
Have a great day out at Dudley Zoo with some of the rarest and most exotic creaures from all over the world, They have togers, lemurs( funny furry animals) lions and penguins to name but a few. They have lots of other stuff going on as well please check their events calendar. As a Charity we rely upon donations from our visitors to support our...
Dudley Canal Trust and Trips
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Dudley Canal Trust and Trips
See the network of underground canal routes that helped form the Industrial Black Country and marvel at the fantastic Limestone Caverns carved by man in his search for raw materials with which to make iron, the foundation of the 19th Century Black Country. Learn about the history and formation of Limestone and the fossilization of small creatures...

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WITLEY COURT AND GARDENS
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WITLEY COURT AND GARDENS
Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties. Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors. Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland to the unique adventure play area. Witley...
WIGMORE CASTLE
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WIGMORE CASTLE
Once the stronghold of the turbulent Mortimer family, Wigmore Castle was later dismantled to prevent its use during the Civil War. Now it is among the most remarkable ruins in England, largely buried up to first floor level by earth and fallen masonry. Yet many of its fortifications survive to full height, including parts of the keep on its...
Beeston Castle
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Beeston Castle
Standing majestically on a sheer rocky crag, Beeston has perhaps the most stunning views of any castle in England. Excavations indicate that a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hillfort occupied the site long before the castle was begun in 1225. For centuries an impregnable royal fortress, it finally fell to Parliamentarian forces in the Civil...
BEESTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND PARK
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BEESTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND PARK
Crowning a rocky crag and boasting spectacular views, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. On a clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy. FURTHER PRICING...
Emma Bridgewater Factory
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Emma Bridgewater Factory
The Emma Bridgewater factory lies in the heart of the historic Stoke Potteries region, in a sunny Victorian factory on the banks of the Caldon Canal. Join us on a factory tour, try your hand at decorating a piece of your very own unique pottery, relax for lunch in our beautiful kitchen, or enjoy an afternoon in the garden behind the factory....
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
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Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries. See the World War 2 Spitfire, Ozzy the famous pottery owl and visit our secret garden.                             
Little Steps Gym Walsall
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Little Steps Gym Walsall
All the Little Steps Gym classes have a set format and the class theme changes every week. Themes can be anything from a space adventure to a walk in the park. We aim to encourage children to join into the activity by making every class lots of fun. Every week we cover many different skills including co-ordination and balance. Every class includes...
Ceramica
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Ceramica
Ceramica revitalises the Old Town Hall of Burslem into unique visitor attraction exploring the past and future of the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent.
HALESOWEN ABBEY
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HALESOWEN ABBEY
Remains of an abbey founded by King John in the 13th century. With thanks to the Halesowen Abbey Trust. BEFORE YOU GO Please Be Aware: The land immediately around the site of the abbey is privately owned and no access is permitted. The ruins can be viewed from a nearby footpath. How to Find It: From the A456 the footpath can be found 150...
Chester Cathedral
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Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral is an amazing old building that is a work of art in its own right and full of history. You are free to wander around at your own pace and look at all the incredible detail in the walls, ceilings and stained glass windows, both old and modern. Admission: Free to visit but donation of £3 per adult suggested ...
CHESTER CASTLE: AGRICOLA TOWER AND CASTLE WALLS
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CHESTER CASTLE: AGRICOLA TOWER AND CASTLE WALLS
The 12th-century Agricola Tower was the first stone gateway to Chester Castle, which had been founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 in the south-west part of the city. On the first floor is the chapel of St Mary de Castro, which contains some exceptionally fine wall paintings from about 1240. By climbing the nearby stairs to the wall-walk, you...
Dewa Roman Experience - Chester
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Dewa Roman Experience - Chester
The award winning Dewa Roman Experience is a family run attraction suitable for both members of the public and privately booked groups. Since 1993 visitors of all ages have enjoyed wandering through Roman Streets, exploring the archaeological remains and handling ancient relics in our hands-on studio.
Dewa Roman Experience
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Dewa Roman Experience
Dewa Roman Experience is located at the heart of the site of a legionary fortress that was discovered by archaeologists in 1991, with the excavations left open for public awe! You will be immersed in Roman Britain from the start as your visit will begin in the dark hold of a Roman Galley, where you will learn of the dangers you will face as you...
CHESTER ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE
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CHESTER ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE
The Roman amphitheatre at Chester was the largest in Britain. Used for entertainment and military training, there have been two stone-built amphitheatres on the site. The first included access to the upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall, as at Pompeii, and had a small shrine next to its north entrance. The second provided seat...
Please find all castles and Stately homes, ancient abbeys and cathedrals in the Shropshire area, if your looking  for a great day out at lush tree and flowered gardens and take in the sights of wonderful buildings and castles. These historic buildings also are steeped in rich history and visits to these buildings are extremely educational and informative.
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