From poetry to iron, inspiration lives on in the Shropshire Hills. A E Houseman captured its essence in his poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’ whilst early Ironmasters used it to create a graceful bridge that was to herald the Industrial Revolution and The Wrekin is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the county. Our tour includes visits to the Ironbridge Museum, a World Heritage Site, Much Wenlock, the charming little market town where Houseman wrote his poems and Shrewsbury, the beautiful and unspoilt county capital.
The 4 star Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel is a stunning 18th century manor house with 15 acres of gardens and an ornamental lake. The contemporary guest rooms feature Wi-Fi access, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a swimming pool and spa. The hotel does not have a lift but ground floor rooms are available on request.
Monday From your front door to the Club Class coach for the drive West to Shropshire arriving in time to enjoy our afternoon tea before dinner this evening.
Tuesday After breakfast we depart for the short journey into Shrewsbury. We have included a guided walking tour of this ancient town with its higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud. There will be free time for lunch before we meet at Victoria Quay for our cruise aboard Sabrina. We return to the hotel late afternoon for dinner.
WednesdayWe travel to the beautiful market town of Ironbridge, spanning the banks of the River Severn. Here you will see the world’s first iron bridge, constructed now internationally recognised as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. We continue to Blists Hill Victorian Town for an included visit. Step back more than one hundred years and chat to the ‘Townsfolk’ about their lives, explore their homes, workplaces, shops and see them at work in the Bakers, Candle Factory and Blacksmiths. Why not enjoy a pint of ale in the New Inn pub, a delicious portion of traditionally made fish & chips or a bag of old fashioned sweets.
Thursday Today we depart for Kidderminster for our journey on the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgenorth. Travel back in time on a vintage steam-hauled train as it meanders its way through the town of Bewdley, Arley, Highley and Hampton Loade. The line then climbs its way to the summit before dropping to Bridgenorth, Shropshire’s gem of a medieval market town, with the steepest funicular railway in England. We have free time here before returning to the hotel for our final dinner.
Friday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home. Arriving mid-afternoon we are greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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