{"LocationDetails":{"Id":821,"Name":"Shropshire","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Shropshire holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith all its beautiful scenery and rolling countryside it would be easy to think Shropshire holidays didn\u0026rsquo;t have a lot going on\u0026hellip;think again. One of the things we love about this delightfully English neck of the woods is that, once you get there, you\u0026rsquo;ll find something to suit every kind of visitor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe county\u0026rsquo;s dotted with traditional market towns perfect for foodies, listed buildings, gardens and family attractions, so it\u0026rsquo;s just a question of thinking about how you want to spend your break. Or, if you just wanted to get outside and make the most of the landscape, you\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of places to take the kids cycling, walking or just exploring.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShropshire\u0026rsquo;s many markets make it easy to sample the region\u0026rsquo;s yummy local produce, and their stalls are always stocked with fresh fruit, veg and treats. Once described as \u0026ldquo;a little bit of France near the Welsh border\u0026rdquo;, Ludlow\u0026rsquo;s the unofficial foodie capital.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Shropshire\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShropshire\u0026rsquo;s the perfect playground for anyone with a love of history, and one of the best ways to take in all those gorgeous views is from the Severn Valley Railway. Hop aboard, sit back and enjoy the sounds and smells of the golden age of steam\u0026hellip;well what better way is there to while away a sunny day in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSouth Shropshire\u0026rsquo;s got something of a reputation for its rolling countryside and spectacular views, so if you\u0026rsquo;re planning on doing some serious walking during your holiday in Shropshire we\u0026rsquo;d say head to the Shropshire Hills.\u0026nbsp;There\u0026rsquo;s something relaxing about a long old walk with nothing but countryside to greet you along the way, and Shropshire\u0026rsquo;s all about space, views and the Great Outdoors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to visit in Shropshire\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with one of the most popular places to visit in Shropshire, Stokesay Castle. Owned by the English Heritage, this medieval manor house is one of England\u0026rsquo;s finest. The great hall\u0026rsquo;s pretty much as it was 700 years ago, and if you stand at the gable windows and look out you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to striking views of Shropshire\u0026rsquo;s famous countryside. Officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the hills cover more than a quarter of the county, and that means plenty of opportunity to get walking during your time in the region.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShrewsbury\u0026rsquo;s one of the most popular places to visit in Shropshire, and it sits within a great big loop of the River Severn. Look in any direction while you\u0026rsquo;re there and the chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll see a castle, historic house or a park on the horizon, so you\u0026rsquo;ll find a day out for every kind of weather. Shrewsbury\u0026rsquo;s historic streets are lined with more than 660 listed buildings, and the quirky street names make shopping in the town centre even more fun than usual!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eRestaurants in Shropshire\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are some delicious restaurants in Shropshire, and one of the best-loved is La Dolce Vita in Shrewsbury. It not only bodes well that this restaurant sits happily at the top of the Top of the TripAdvisor list, but it also won the Midlands Regional Award for Best Restaurant under 50 seats at the English Italian Awards in 2016. So, if you fancy heading out and sampling the foodie scene during your holiday this might just be one to try.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor something a little different, you\u0026rsquo;ll find Casa Naranjo right in the heart of historic Shrewsbury, and what better way to stop off and regroup during a hard day of shopping and exploring? This restaurants serves up traditional Spanish tapas, and this one\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a quick lunch or a cosy evening meal. With a friendly atmosphere and plenty of space, this restaurant\u0026rsquo;s a nice one for a group meal if you\u0026rsquo;re staying with friends or family in the region.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"shropshire","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-176070589.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Kerry Ridgeway","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere aren\u0026rsquo;t too many walks that mean you can end the day without blisters and still claim to have walked in two different countries, but The Kerry Ridgeway is the exception. This ancient, leafy trail covers 15 miles, starting in the picturesque village of Kerry and crossing the border to Shropshire. The route ends in Bishop\u0026rsquo;s Castle and was once walked by drovers taking cattle to the markets across the border, and it makes its way through heather-clad moors and sun-dappled woodland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kerry Ridgeway welcomes walkers, cyclists and horses so it\u0026rsquo;s a popular walkway, and its views makes it one of the most striking trails in Wales. It may sound like a sweeping claim but trust us, with the welsh valleys and mountains rising high on one side and the Shropshire Hills on the other this route was in the front of the queue when they handed out scenery. In fact, walk it on a clear day and the views can stretch for more than 70 miles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walk ends in Bishop\u0026rsquo;s Castle which is packed with friendly real ale pubs that make welcoming sights after the amble across the border, so many stop in England for lunch before heading back to Wales after.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.5018,"LocationLongitude":-3.07877,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/sunny-fields.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shropshire/shrewsbury/the-kerry-ridgeway","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/sunny-fields.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Stokesay Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eStokesay Castle nestles in the English countryside, and this English Heritage attraction is one of the country\u0026rsquo;s finest medieval manor houses. Visitors can explore the dramatic castle, the timber-framed gatehouse that guards it and the quaint little parish church, and together the three of them make a sight that\u0026rsquo;ll have you reaching for your camera within moments.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house dates all the way back to 1291 and was the dream of Lawrence of Ludlow \u0026ndash; an affluent local wool merchant. He decided to start anew as a country gentleman and inhabit a fortified manor house \u0026ldquo;like a castle\u0026rdquo; \u0026ndash; and Stokesay is the result of a decade of hard work. The windows \u0026ndash; designed to flood the building with natural light - give the castle the appearance of a family home, and as little has been changed over the centuries a visit to this historic site is like stepping back in time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe great hall offers a dramatic welcome to all visitors, and the tiled floor inside the north tower is still home to what\u0026rsquo;s left of a medieval wall painting and what were once the private rooms. The south tower demonstrates how seriously Ludlow took the safety of the castle, as it was self contained and can only be reached via a defensible flight of stairs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.4327,"LocationLongitude":-2.8321,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Stokesay Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shropshire/shrewsbury/stokesay-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Stokesay Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Shrewsbury Abbey","Body":"\u003cp\u003eShrewsbury\u0026rsquo;s always attracted visitors with a passion for history, and one of its most popular attractions dates all the way back to 1082. Shrewsbury Abbey may be one of the region\u0026rsquo;s most iconic sights, but we love the fact that it also remains one of the most welcoming. Originally founded as a Benedictine Monastery in the year 1083, the abbey\u0026rsquo;s well-known for the Brother Cadfael mysteries, and the novels that were inspired by the abbey are still popular today.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you\u0026rsquo;re happy just to pop in and wander the grounds, or you\u0026rsquo;re keen to pick up one of the guided tours that bring the abbey\u0026rsquo;s history to life, you can look forward to a warm welcome all year round. \u0026nbsp;Entry into the abbey\u0026rsquo;s free, and you\u0026rsquo;ll see the name of the late poet Wilfred Owen on the memorial tablet inside, as he lived in the parish between 1910 and 1918.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.7076,"LocationLongitude":-2.74405,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-621605578.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shropshire/shrewsbury/shrewsbury-abbey","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-621605578.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Shrewsbury Museum \u0026 Art Gallery","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWith so much history just waiting to be discovered throughout the town, the Shrewsbury Museum \u0026amp; Art Gallery\u0026rsquo;s always a good place to start if you want to get to know the area a little better. Set in a series of buildings (ranging from a music hall to a medieval town house don\u0026rsquo;t you know), the museum manages to bring the town\u0026rsquo;s past to life in a way that makes it a lovely place to visit for all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe old meets the new throughout the attraction, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find more than a thousand artefacts that span more than 750 years of history. The music hall\u0026rsquo;s a piece of local history in itself, and when you step inside just imagine how it felt to be a visitor in the days when The Beatles, Charles Dickens and other famous faces entertained the crowds inside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a lively exhibition programme too, so the chances are there\u0026rsquo;ll be an exhibit or event to make your visit memorable too, and the team are always one step ahead in their mission to make the museum inspiring, engaging and hands-on for the whole family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.707,"LocationLongitude":-2.75476,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-160224874.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shropshire/shrewsbury/shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-160224874.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Shropshire Hills ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eA designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Shropshire Hills covers one (very picturesque) quarter of the entire county. With that feeling of being just far enough from the hustle and bustle to feel magical, the hills make the perfect setting for a satisfying day\u0026rsquo;s walking during your break in the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe landscape\u0026rsquo;s diverse, so in any one walk you could pass sun-dappled woodland, sweeping valleys and peaceful farmland, and there\u0026rsquo;s a walking route to suit every kind of visitor. If you\u0026rsquo;re dreaming of gorgeous views, peeks into the area\u0026rsquo;s past and a refreshing pint of ale in a friendly pub, there are 18 waymarked pub walks throughout the Shropshire Hills.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks start from a selection of spots in the western half of the hills, and they\u0026rsquo;ve been carefully designed to showcase some of the area\u0026rsquo;s most striking views and local businesses at the same time. 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