Those of you that have followed the blog for a while may know that Joe's family live in Shropshire. It is just under a 2 hour drive from us but we are up there quite frequently so have visited a few places nearby. I wanted to let you know some of our favourite places to go while we are there all of which are free visit!
Telford Town Park and Walled Garden
We first discovered the town park while Joe and I were on a weekend away without the kids. It is relatively new when you consider Joe hadn't been to Telford since he lived at home 10 years ago. The park is so big with a children's play area complete with sand pit and water play, heritage trail, nature trail, adventure golf and Sky Reach which is similar to Go Ape. My favourite part though is the walled garden, it is beautiful. The Chelsea Gardens were designed for the Chelsea Flower Show and are now open to the public. The Japanese inspired water garden was lovely and they had a memorial tree with leaves for loved ones.
The town park is just outside of the main shopping centre and a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic while the kids run some energy off. The nature reserve is meant to be really good so perhaps we will venture further next time we visit.
Shrewsbury Town Centre
We attended a wedding a few years ago and on the day after we stopped in Shrewsbury for an explore. Joe grew up here so it wasn't new to him but I thought it was a lovely historic town. The Market Hall is a great place to check out local produce and the museum often has free entry for heritage days.
There are lots of charity shops to mooch around and a lovely not for profit coffee shop in the Baptist Church called Palmer's which does delicious cakes!
We went for a weekend away with Joe's family recently. It wasn't far from home for them because Joe's Nana was with us but about an hour from Joe's family home is Bishops Castle. A tiny quaint town in the middle of the Shropshire countryside not far from Ludlow. We had rented out a big house for the weekend and I was amazed at how beautiful the surroundings were.
Just down the road from our house was the high street with a Town Hall full of historical artifacts and information about the local area, cute artisan bakeries, quirky holistic stores and charity shops. It is a really nice place to get away from it all, a retreat in the middle of England.
There are plenty of nature walks you can take from the area and there is even glamping pods on a site nearby, ideal for a cheap getaway.
While at Bishops Castle we were looking for places to visit and Montgomery Castle came up on my Google search. About 15 minutes from our 'holiday home' through winding roads and farm land is the beautiful town of Montgomery. It actually falls into Wales as the border is so close and you drive in and out of Wales on the trip there. The little town is really pretty and as you drive through the town square, up a really steep hill (I drove that day!) and round the bend there is a free car park.
Just a short stroll along the hillside stands the ruins of Montgomery Castle. It has stood there since the 11th Century but lots of the walls are still in tact. There is a dried out moat all the way round and the older kids/grown ups enjoyed rolling down the hills at the side while the Mum's watched on with our hearts in our throats!
I am sure there are lots of places we are yet to discover in Shropshire, there is always something to do in the area and we haven't even been to RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton yet which has been on our list for years! If you are happy to spend some money on a day out then Joe's family recommended Fordhall Farm as a fun day out too.
Are you local to Shropshire? Where else should we visit?