Shropshire might not be the biggest or the most famous county in Britain, but it certainly holds its own when it comes to fun things to do.
1. Wander amongst the aircraft at RAF Cosford, Shropshire
Halfway between Newport and Wolverhampton sits RAF Cosford, home to the Royal Air Force Museum dedicated to the history of aviation, with exhibits including RAF aircraft throughout time, the British Airways collection and the National Cold War exhibition.
With over 70 aircraft on display and hundreds of missiles, vehicles and memorabilia on display, including the worlds oldest Spitfire, the Lincoln Bomber and the three V Bombers, Vulcan, Victor and Valiant, Cosford is the perfect place to go if you enjoy aviation, but also if you enjoy checking out the wide-ranging displays and marvelling at the impressive engineering feats that were put into building these aircraft.
but what makes Cosford a must is the fact that entrance is FREE, yeah that’s right, free, though you do have to pay a small fee to park (£2 for up to 3 hours, or £3 for 3 hours plus).
2. Journey back in time at Bliss Hill Victorian Town, Telford, Shropshire
Located near to the Ironbridge Gorge. Bliss Hill Victorian Town is a complete working museum based in the Victorian times, complete with bank where you can exchange your money into shillings to be used in some of the many shops that cover the site, including a traditional fish and chip restaurant, sweet shop, candle makers and much more.
Bliss Hill is a great way to spend the day, surrounded by authentic buildings that have painstakingly been dismantled and moved and rebuilt in this small corner of Shropshire, with each building manned by one or more actors, who demonstrate the techniques used in 19th century Britain, with over 52 acres of attractions to check out, from the Town, ironworks and countryside areas that each contain their own unique characteristics and gives you multiple areas to explore.
3. Climb the Long Mynd
Nestled between the Stiperstons, Stretton Hills and Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd, stands right in the middle of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to the picturesque market town of Church Stretton.
This part of the world is a walker’s paradise, with a path running from the Carding Mill Valley to the highest point on Long Mynd, where you can experience fantastic views across Shropshire, the West Midlands and Wales, with hidden buildings scattered throughout the landscape, it’s worth venturing off the beaten track and maybe you will come across one of the lost lead mining villages or one of the ancient churches that have long been forgotten.
4. Explore the Ironbridge Gorge
Ironbridge is full of its own separate attractions, including the previously mentioned Bliss Hill, but what’s great about Ironbridge isn’t necessarily the attractions but just the village itself. This picturesque village is home to the first cast-iron bridge ever built and one of the few still around today, situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the county.
With multiple museums scattered throughout the valley, it guarantees you to find somewhere in Ironbridge Gorge to wander around, be it a long-forgotten industrial site, or one of the many independent shops. There is something for everyone to explore.
5. Have a bite at the Ludlow Food Festival, Ludlow, Shropshire
Foodies the world over flock to Ludlow every September for the annual Ludlow Food Festival, with over 180 independent food and drink producers in the UK coming to this beautiful Shropshire market town, growing considerably since its first event back in 1995.
This three-day festival gives you the chance to taste a wide verity of different foods and drinks, while surrounded by the magnificent Ludlow castle and including festival loaf, sausage and ale trails that take you around the town, discovering wonderful culinary delicacies.
6. Ride in style on the Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Running between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, the Severn Valley Railway is one of the most successful heritage lines in the UK, with Steam and Diesel trains taking passengers the 16 miles between the two market towns, closely following the route of the River Severn through the Shropshire/Worcestershire countryside, with stops at Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster, there are plenty of places to get off and explore.