1- or 2-DAY SHROPSHIRE

Oxford to Ironbridge with option of a night in Shrewsbury to see more of Shropshire.

 

One-day version

8am Leave Oxford for drive to Much Wenlock via Worcester, Kidderminster and Bridgenorth. 

10.40am Arrive Much Wenlock. Visit to the priory.

12pm Join B4169 to Buildwas.

12.10pm Cross River Severn and go right along Buildwas Road to Ironbridge.

12.20pm visit the Museum of the Gorge. 

1pm park near the Iron Bridge and walk across the bridge. 20 minutes' guided tour on and around this amazing structure.

1.20–2.20pm. Lunch in Ironbridge. Various options (cafés and bistros; pork pies and fish n chips)

2.20pm drive to nearby Coalbrookdale, and have a look at the famous Old Furnace, the first blast furnace to use coke instead of coal (1709), a development that sparked the Industrial Revolution.


2.50-4.30pm head for Blists Hill Victorian Town or another attraction such as the Jackfield Tile Museum.

5pm return to Oxford via the A5 or Bridgenorth. 

Two-day version

 

DAY 1

8.30am leave Oxford for drive to Ludlow via the Cotswolds, the beautiful Time Valley and Leominster.

11am Arrive Ludlow. Visit Castle and Old Town, and some lunch. 

1.30pm leave Ludlow for Stokesay Castle.

1.50pm arrive Stokesay Castle.

2.50pm leave Stokesay heading north past the Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge.

3.10pm arrive Carding Mill Valley near Church Stretton. Possible 30-minute walk

3.40pm continue to Shrewsbury

4.10pm arrive Shrewsbury. Check into hotel.

5.30pm 1-hour guided walk through Shrewsbury.

DAY 2 

9.30am leave hotel and head across the English Bridge to Shrewsbury Abbey. 30-minute visit.

10.15am head for the ring road and the B4380 towards Ironbridge, stopping at Wroxeter Roman City and River Severn overlook. Continue along Buildwas Road to Ironbridge.

11.15am visit the Museum of the Gorge. 

11.50pm park in museum car park and and walk along the river to the Iron Bridge. 20 minutes' guided tour on and around this amazing structure.

12.30–1.30pm. Lunch in Ironbridge. Various options (cafés and bistros; pork pies and fish n chips)

1.30pm drive to nearby Coalbrookdale, and have a look at the famous Old Furnace, the first blast furnace to use coke instead of coal (1709), a development that sparked the Industrial Revolution.
 Also the Darby Houses and/or Museum of Iron.

2.50-4.30pm head for Blists Hill Victorian Town or another attraction such as the Jackfield Tile Museum.

5pm return to Oxford via the A5 or Bridgenorth.

LOGO DESIGN Klaus Geisler

PHOTOGRAPHY © Tony Gulliver

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