Shropshire Highlights and Ironbridge 2022

5 days / 4 nights’ departing Sunday 24th April 2022
Return Executive Coach departing from selected pick-up points
4 nights half board 3* Mercure Albrighton Hotel near Shrewsbury
Included excursion package as detailed in our itinerary
Exception is the NT property which is free for card carrying members, non-members to pay this locally.

Price from £449pp
Single supplement £79pp (4 nights)

All current Covid-19 guidance followed ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients whilst offering a varied, interesting and enjoyable experience.

Day 1 – Our journey to Shropshire takes us via the National Arboretum near Lichfield. This attraction comprises of 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to the concept of Remembrance. This is the home of the Armed Forces Memorial, a striking and emotive structure that gives recognition and thanks for those who have died whilst on duty or as a result of terrorist action since WWII and acknowledges the enduring sacrifice of those who mourn their loss. You might choose to take a 60 minute Land Train Tour (extra cost) which incorporates the outer lying points of the Arboretum and is the perfect way to explore the grounds. Lunch can be purchased here before we continue on to the hotel where having checked in, your evening meal is included.

Day 2 – Breakfast included. Today begins in the historic market town of Ludlow, which is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. Monday is one of the town’s market days and the town centre has over 450 listed buildings and its architecture is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town’s history. You will have some free time to explore at your leisure before this afternoon’s visit is to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. This museum houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom, with over 70 historic aircraft displayed in three wartime hangars on an active airfield and the collection spans nearly 80 years of aviation history. Within the museum is the National Cold War Exhibition, which highlights the ideologies of both sides, the social history of the era, the technological achievements which evolved from the competition between East and West and the eventual dissolution of the Warsaw Pact resulting in the world we live in today. Hotel dinner included.

Day 3 – Breakfast included. Today is dedicated to Ironbridge and its museums. Visits today include Blists Hill where with your included passport ticket you will meet the Victorians in this recreated Victorian town. Costumed staff will welcome you warmly and you will be given a fascinating insight into how life was lived in Victorian times. Exchange your money in the Bank; admire the goods in the Grocers, Bakery and Sweet shop. Find out about curious remedies in the Chemist and see the printer and candle-maker in action. A visit to the brand new shops on Canal Street is a must. Check out the season’s latest fashions in the General Draper and Outfitters, have a portrait taken in the Photographers, mail your letters and post-cards in the Post Office or select from a massive range of ‘Victorian’ treats in the Sweet Shop.

Also included is a visit to the Jackfield Tile Museum where you will discover the original gas-lit trade show room, galleries and period room setting, where you will be able to see, touch and even walk on magnificent British tiles. Galleries show exquisite examples of individual tiles and period room settings depict various locations that would have been decorated with tiles. You can walk through an Edwardian Tube Station, a hotel bar, a children's hospital ward and a 1930’s 'front room'. Huge panels depicting medieval stories and nursery rhyme scenes have been rescued from buildings and now grace the walls of the galleries. There will also be a little free time to walk across the world famous Iron Bridge of 1779, from where you may choose to take the short walk alongside the river to the Museum of the Gorge located in the Old Severn Warehouse. See what the Gorge was like in 1796 with the help of a giant 12m long model. Hotel evening meal included.

Day 4 – Today is a leisurely one as we travel to Shropshire’s medieval county town of Shrewsbury, a town packed with timber-framed black & white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. In fact it boasts over 600 listed buildings including the Castle, now a regimental museum and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury and all around you will find reminders of his association with the town. We start our time here with an included 40 minute River Severn cruise on the ‘Sabrina’ with morning coffee served on board accompanied by a live commentary. This cruise is a gentle journey to the English Bridge and back during which you will learn about the town’s history and inhabitants. Shrewsbury was founded by the Saxons and most extensively developed by the Tudors and lies within a giant loop of the river Severn and is famed for its castle, spires, abbey, parklands and half-timbered medieval houses. You will have free time to purchase lunch and explore further at your leisure before we continue to Attingham Park (NT), an 18th-century mansion and estate shaped by a story of love and neglect. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its beautiful parkland were owned by one family for more than 160 years. Discover the traces of the family story throughout the mansion including the flashy but flawed Picture Gallery roof that contributed to the bankruptcy of the second Lord Berwick. Dinner included at the hotel.

Day 5 - Checking out of the hotel this morning we retrace our steps homeward stopping en route at Royal Leamington Spa originally known as Leamington Priors, which was a tiny village until circa 1800. The value of the mineral springs was known in the middle ages but it was not until 1784 that the small village began rediscovering its saline springs and started building baths around some of them. You will have free time to explore and purchase lunch here before continuing homeward, returning you to your original departure point(s) later today.

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor adjustments to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

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