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Underrated County

Shropshire is one of the most underrated counties in England. If you say you come from Shropshire most English people wouldn't be able to pinpoint it on a map and yet it is the largest land locked county in England. Shropshire is a rural county but ironically also the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution (see Ironbridge). Today Shropshire is something of a sleepy backwater with only the towns of Telford and Shrewsbury of any size and to be fair they are hardly what you'd call large.
What Shropshire has though is plenty of things for the traveller to enjoy: Ironbridge gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are splendid castles at Ludlow, Stokesy and at Shrewsbury where there is also a fine abbey. Bridgnorth has the Severn valley railway (one of the longest steam railways in England) and everywhere there are wonderful country homes like this one pictured. Morville Hall is just 3 miles west of Bridgnorth opposite a fine Norman church.
Come to Shropshire please and you won't be disappointed.

Birthplace of the modern olympics

Yes, really. In 1858 the Shropshire village of Much Wenlock decided to reintroduce the olympic games and held the first one in 1859. Inspired by local doctor William Penny-Brookes it took a visit by Frenchman Baron de Coubertain to instigate the first international olympics in Athens in 1896. If you visit Much Wenlock there is an olympic trail you can follow round the village.

Hiking Country

If you like walking then look no further than Shropshire. There are numerous walks to enjoy all over the county but especially around Church Stretton where the area is often referred to locally as little Switzerland. Anyone who has been to Switzerland would laugh at this comparison and yet there is something about the way the Shropshire hills rise almost sheer from the town that is faintly reminiscent of more mountainous regions.

  • Last visit to Shropshire: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Fantastic pages of excellent tips and Photo's, you have done your best to sell Shropshire as a tourist destination!

  • ciaobellamici's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    There are many parts of the UK that deserve attentioon. Please continue to highlight your favorites...helps me to narrow my list of places to see when I visit.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I have heard of the town but never could find it, like you said. Thanks for the detail information and good tips and pictures to show the culture.

  • Homanded's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    I want to go here! Shropsshire is what I think of when I think of the UK!!!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    ~ Hello, Andrew! There's so much to see there! I only heard about that county... Thanks for your story, my friend! ><><><

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    I love castles and have actually once been to Ludlow Castle since I used to know someone in Ludlow. Have also been to Shrewsbury. Excellent tips ;)

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    I am one of those who probably couldn't have located Shropshire on a map until this year but I loved your photos and commentary on the lovely castles and abbeys.

  • american_tourister's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    I have a friend who lives in Horsehay.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    And you don't even mention Brother Cadfael! :->)

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Does Dick live at Whittington Castle? Gillybob greetings


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