Destination guide

Find cosy Shropshire holiday cottages

Green, Arcadian Shropshire is a real English beauty. Its rolling hills and little dales run from the Welsh borderlands to the outskirts of Birmingham, packing in wonderful walks, historical castles and half-timbered towns packed with Norman history as they go. The county's hub of Shrewsbury has a gorgeous abbey and earthy local farm shops, while the highlight of Ludlow is a fairy-tale conglomeration of medieval lanes and churches. Book Shropshire holiday lettings to explore all that, and more, this year.

History

Historical places near Shropshire holiday homes

Shropshire is a county that emerged from years of war and strife on the edge of the Welsh borders. Viking invasions and Saxon battles all took place here, remnants of which can still be seen at the overgrown Offa's Dyke, a system of 8th-century earthen bulwarks that runs along the England-Wales border. Castles are plentiful in the region, too. The half-ruined halls of Clun Castle are a ghostly vision on the hillsides near Clun town, while formidable Ludlow Castle stands tall over its green valley. They are both examples of the stern fortifications that were raised by the Normans to secure the area after the 11th century.

Things to do

The top attractions in the county of Shropshire

The top draws of Shropshire start with the natural reserve of the Shropshire Hills. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, they roll down to the Welsh Marches in a series of brown-hued valleys and bucolic farms. You can book a cosy Shropshire holiday cottage in those reaches to be close to Offa's Dyke – another must-see of the region, for history buffs. The area is also home to the first large-scale bridge to ever be made from cast iron. You can see it arching over the Severn, near the appropriately named town of Ironbridge. And then there's little Ludlow, a vibrant market town with a striking Norman castle crowning its hills.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Shropshire

Do you want to discover things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Shropshire has to offer. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd (8 mi / 13 km)
  • Blists Hill (11 mi / 17.8 km)
  • Wonderland Telford (11.3 mi / 18.2 km)
  • Telford Ice Rink (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Astbury Golf Course (16.1 mi / 25.9 km)
  • Rays Farm Country Matters (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Going outdoors in Shropshire

If you're heading to this corner of England in search of a rustic Shropshire holiday let that'll have you walking empty trails and exploring green valleys, you're in luck. The region is home to the stunning Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A web of rambling routes crosses the whole reserve, peaking with the 1,500-foot-high tops of Caer Caradoc on the Welsh border, and leaving behind pretty Church Stretton for the plunging waterfalls of the Carding Mill Valley. More adventurous types might want to hop from rental to rental, as they conquer the Shropshire Way, passing primeval woodlands, soaring castles and the fast-flowing River Severn.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Shropshire

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Shropshire is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd (8 mi / 13 km)
  • Telford Town Park (11.4 mi / 18.3 km)
  • Titterstone Clee Hill (18 mi / 29 km)
  • Glansevern Hall Gardens (20.2 mi / 32.6 km)
  • Victoria Jubilee Park (22.5 mi / 36.2 km)
  • Himley Hall and Park (24.7 mi / 39.7 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Shropshire

Fly into Birmingham (BHX), the closest airport, located 43.3 mi (69.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Liverpool (LPL-John Lennon), which is 48.3 mi (77.7 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Shrewsbury Station, Church Stretton Station and Telford Wellington Shropshire Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

How to travel around Shropshire

While there are a few local bus lines and even trains heading through the county of Shropshire, this remains a largely untouched corner of England, mainly given over to farms and village parishes. The upshot is that a car is really the best way to explore. Having your own wheels will mean you can hit the winding lanes and navigate the wild countryside. You'll also be able to choose an escape to Shropshire holiday homes in reserves like the Shropshire Hills AONB. There should be plenty of those with space for the auto on site, too.

Essential info

Shropshire essential information

  • Around 310,000 people live in Shropshire
  • Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire
  • Birmingham Airport is the closest major air hub to the Shropshire region
  • Be ready for winding country lanes as you drive around Shropshire

Where to stay around Shropshire?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,464 holiday lettings near Shropshire. From 802 Cottages to 802 Bungalows, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Shropshire is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Shropshire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Shropshire. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ludlow: 514 holiday homes
  • Shrewsbury: 246 holiday homes
  • Church Stretton: 478 holiday homes
  • Bridgnorth: 169 holiday homes
  • Craven Arms: 732 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Shropshire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Shropshire?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Shropshire with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Ludlow: 514 holiday lettings
  • Shrewsbury: 246 holiday lettings
  • Church Stretton: 478 holiday lettings
  • Bridgnorth: 169 holiday lettings
  • Craven Arms: 732 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Shropshire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Shropshire. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ludlow Castle: 776 holiday rentals
  • Titterstone Clee Hill: 725 holiday rentals
  • Shrewsbury Castle: 591 holiday rentals
  • Hopton Heath Station: 740 holiday rentals
  • Whitchurch Station (Shropshire): 545 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shropshire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.