Areas of Local Interest

Areas of Local Interest in Shropshire

Inspiring Activities and Places to See in Shropshire

Exploring by Foot

From Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and The Shropshire Way to short circular walks in picturesque villages and parishes, there is something for everyone in Shropshire. With over 3,500 miles of Public Rights of Way, two Country Parks, several countryside heritage sites, over 17,000 acres of open access land and a quarter of the county designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will be spoilt for choice with stunning walks and views round every corner.

Visit Ludlow

A thriving medieval market town and architectural gem. The historic town centre and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are on a cliff above the River Teme. Ludlow has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent cafes and restaurants. A visit to the Ludlow Farm Shop is a must, a one-of-a-kind shopping environment where farming, passion for great food and retailing come together to create an award-winning experience.

Visit Ludlow

A thriving medieval market town and architectural gem. The historic town centre and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are on a cliff above the River Teme. Ludlow has a reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent cafes and restaurants. A visit to the Ludlow Farm Shop is a must, a one-of-a-kind shopping environment where farming, passion for great food and retailing come together to create an award-winning experience.

Retail Therapy

For shopaholics, a visit to Shrewsbury will be a great day out - you can either drive or take the train from our local station. Shrewsbury’s independent retailers outnumber big chains by almost a half! There are endless boutiques and quirky independents, all tucked away in 'shuts and passages' (those crooked medieval alleyways that criss-cross the town centre). Hidden amongst Shrewsbury's cobbled streets is a treasure trove of vintage and pre-loved items waiting to be discovered. No matter what you're searching for, you're sure to find it in Shrewsbury.

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Things to See in Shropshire

Visit the Iconic Ironbridge

A visit to Ironbridge, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and a World Heritage site, is a must. Not only will you see the world famous Iron Bridge but there is a wealth of other attractions to visit including Blists Hill Victorian Town where you can watch the world go by over 100 years ago and Enginuity where you can turn the wheels of your imagination, test your horsepower and discover how good ideas are turned in to real things.

Historic Houses & Gardens

Shropshire is blessed with many beautiful historic houses and gardens. There are a number of National Trust properties in the area and they are all quite different - Attingham Park, an 18th-century estate for all seasons with 200 acres of parkland and a Regency Mansion where as Dudmaston Hall offers something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside, a house that provides a classical setting for a collection of modern and contemporary art as well as stunning grounds leading right down to the River Severn. For garden lovers, the Arley Arboretum & Gardens provides the ideal day out. A dream escape from the bustle of everyday life with its Italian garden and fountain, themed trails and maze. Wenlock Priory with its stunning clipped topiary in a pastoral setting on the edge of Much Wenlock is also well worth a visit.

Historic Houses & Gardens

Shropshire is blessed with many beautiful historic houses and gardens. There are a number of National Trust properties in the area and they are all quite different - Attingham Park, an 18th-century estate for all seasons with 200 acres of parkland and a Regency Mansion where as Dudmaston Hall offers something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside, a house that provides a classical setting for a collection of modern and contemporary art as well as stunning grounds leading right down to the River Severn. For garden lovers, the Arley Arboretum & Gardens provides the ideal day out. A dream escape from the bustle of everyday life with its Italian garden and fountain, themed trails and maze. Wenlock Priory with its stunning clipped topiary in a pastoral setting on the edge of Much Wenlock is also well worth a visit.

Something for the History Fanatics

Visit Cosford Aerospace Museum where you can experience aviation life in wartime including the chance to see the world's oldest Spitfire. The National Cold War Exhibition is the only place in the UK where you can see all 3 of Britain’s V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

There is a vast variety of activities, places to visit and great restaurants near The Hayloft and in the wider Shropshire area. If you have specific interests or would like further information to help maximise your experience staying with us, we’d be happy to help.  Please feel free to contact us to ask any questions. You can email us on hello@hayloftshropshire.com or get in touch via our contact form.

Places to Eat Near The Hayloft

Local Pubs

There is no shortage of good local country pubs in the area and our village pub is within a few minutes’ walking distance of the Hayloft. All serve traditional home cooked food and offer a friendly welcome. We are happy to make recommendations but one of our favourites is the Woodbridge Inn, just a short distance away at Coalport overlooking the River Severn.

Local Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants and gastro pubs close by. Just a few miles down the road is Christopher’s in Shifnal. Recently opened, Christopher’s is in one of the oldest buildings in Shifnal with beams dating back to the 1500s. Serving fresh British food with excellent service, it is the perfect restaurant for couples. A little further afield is The Redhouse near Newport. Here you can enjoy superb cuisine, served in iconic contemporary surroundings with a truly unique atmosphere and friendly, attentive service.

Local Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants and gastro pubs close by. Just a few miles down the road is Christopher’s in Shifnal. Recently opened, Christopher’s is in one of the oldest buildings in Shifnal with beams dating back to the 1500s. Serving fresh British food with excellent service, it is the perfect restaurant for couples. A little further afield is The Redhouse near Newport. Here you can enjoy superb cuisine, served in iconic contemporary surroundings with a truly unique atmosphere and friendly, attentive service.

Local Takeaways

If you fancy a night in but don’t want to cook then you’re in luck. Our local town of Shifnal has a number of excellent Indian and Chinese take away restaurants, some of which deliver to The Hayloft free of charge.