From ancient castles and fairy-tale villages, to captivating museums and award-winning craft breweries, Shropshire is one of England’s most diverse, fun-packed counties.
There’s something for everyone in Shropshire, from families looking to entertain toddlers and teens, to couples craving a romantic staycation in the countryside.
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Whether you’re a local in search of fresh inspiration or a holidaymaker visiting from out of town, these handpicked ideas are guaranteed to get you dreaming of sun-drenched summer days in the West Midlands.
Things to do with kids in Shropshire
Shropshire is brimming with activities for teens, toddlers and everyone in-between. It’s basically a dream come true for families in search of summer fun. Perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the River Teme, Ludlow Castle will have your little ones utterly enchanted. The ruined medieval fort hosts a fantastic line-up of family-friendly events during the summer holidays, including living history tours and birds of prey encounters.
After touring the castle treat the kids to scones, jam and cream in the tea room. Summer also ushers in a colourful roster of markets held throughout Shropshire. Kids will love exploring a treasure trove of stalls selling sweet treats, toys and more.
And with toddlers…
Shropshire boasts some of the best family-friendly farms in England, getting your little ones up close and personal with pygmy goats, piglets, rabbits, chickens and even reindeer. Rays Farm Country Matters offers enchanting woodland walks, while Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is home to snakes, alpacas and more than 20 different species of parrot.
Free things to do in Shropshire
You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a fun-filled summer in Shropshire. The county offers a huge selection of free activities for every age and interest, including award-winning attractions like the Cosford Royal Air Force Museum. On a warm summer day stretch your legs and get a nature fix in Haughmond Hill, where you’ll find scenic walking trails and sun-dappled picnic spots.
Fun things for families
From urban attractions like the Enginuity science centre in Ironbridge Gorge, to magnificent country estates like Attingham Park, Shropshire offers plenty of activities and attractions geared towards families.
Need a little R&R? Bring the whole family along to Kerry Vale Vineyar a hidden gem where the kids can explore the vineyards while the adults sip boutique, British-made wine. On the way home stop by Montgomery, an historic market town anchored by a 13th-century castle and Iron Age hill fort.
Dog-friendly activities in Shropshire
Sometimes, summers just aren’t the same without your four-legged friend. Fortunately, there’s plenty of things to do in Shropshire with dogs.
Dotted with eye-popping monuments built more than 200 years ago, Hawkstone Park Follies is a great place to wear out your pup. There are plenty of places to enjoy post-walk refreshments, with establishments like Ginger and Co Coffee in Shrewsbury and The Green Dragon Pub in Church Stretton offering a warm welcome to dogs.
Nightlife in Shropshire
Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, The Buttermarket is Shropshire’s biggest nightclub. Central Square in Newport and C:21 in Shrewsbury also attract their fair share of partygoers.
For excellent craft beer and lashings of ambience head to Ludlow Brewing Company. It’s tucked away down an unassuming laneway, housed in a reclaimed Victorian railway shed. Inside you can sample award-winning, naturally brewed artisan ales. Shropshire also boasts venues like Oakengates Theatre in Telford, which hosts a stellar line-up of comedy acts.
Best things to do in Shropshire for couples
Planning a romantic weekend in the West Midlands?
Shropshire has romance in abundance. Stroll hand-in-hand through the grounds of stately homes like Aldenham Park or rent a narrowboat for the day and cruise along the North Shropshire Canals.
Romantic fact: according to historians King Arthur and Guinevere tied the knot in Shropshire.
Where to stay in Shropshire
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