Bourton Manor is so ideally located that all of Shropshire’s best attractions are no more than a 30 minute drive away.
Here are just a few of the local Shropshire attractions near the self-catering accommodation.
The home of the Modern Olympic Games, honestly! They were the brainchild of William Penny Brookes, his lofty aim was to provide the locals with an alternative to one of their favourite pastimes: drinking. Fortunately Shropshire’s many delightful pubs seem to have survived his attentions. In fact, many of our innkeepers have branched out into serving fine food too. We don’t know what happened to the Olympics.
Local attractions include Wenlock Priory, and in nearby Bridgnorth the Severn Valley Railway and Rays Farm Country Matters.
Strange to think, that 250 years ago this was the furnace in which the Industrial Revolution was being forged. But it was here, within the dramatic gorge of the River Severn, that the great Ironmaster Abraham Darby (the first) perfected the secret of smelting iron with cheap and plentiful coke, rather than expensive charcoal. There are also the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums that are well worth a visit.
Other nearby attractions include the Cosford Royal Air Force Museum and Weston Park.
Known as the gastronomic Capital of Shropshire, Ludlow hosts a number of festivals and fairs each year. The Ludlow Marches Food & Drink Festival is held every September, Ludlow Festival is held in June/July attracting performers from all over the world and in November the Medieval Christmas Fair is held locally. All these events take place in the famous Ludlow Castle. Ludlow is also an official ’slow’ town with a quality of life quite apart from the hustle and bustle of the modern day.
Other local attractions include Stokesay Castle, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in nearby Craven Arms and Church Stretton.
Shrewsbury is Shropshire’s county town and is almost an island, encapsulated as it is in the meandering loop of the River Severn. Charles Darwin was born here and his statue sits outside Shrewsbury Library watching over his town.
Attractions within the town include the Castle and Regimental Museum, and nearby Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies, Wroxeter Roman City (Viroconium) and Wroxeter Roman Vineyard.