Autumn in Shropshire – NEW TOUR
Autumn is a lovely time of year to be in Shropshire. There is chance to visit to the remarkable Ironbridge Gorge & Blists Hill Victorian Town, to experience the sights and sounds of the Victorian Age. The birthplace of the industrial revolution, and a UNESCO World Heritage, Ironbridge is one of the wonders of the world. We take a ride on the Severn Valley Railway, one of the most impressive of the UK’s heritage steam railways. We take to the skies at RAF Cosford, and spend time in the historic town of Shrewsbury, affectionately known as ‘The Town of Flowers’.
Suggested itinerary by coach
Severn Valley Railway and travel to hotel
This afternoon we travel on the famous Severn Valley Railway. We join the train at Kidderminster for the 16-mile run to Bridgnorth, following the River Severn through glorious and unspoilt countryside (can be reversed depending on your journey to Shropshire). We arrive at the hotel late Sunday afternoon and enjoy a relax before dinner.
Ironbridge Gorge Museum and Blists Hill.
As the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986, Ironbridge is one of the wonders of the world. We start at the Museum of the Gorge, setting the scene with a giant 12-metre model and a film explaining how the area became the most industrious place in the world. Close by is the Iron Bridge, completed in 1779. Take a stroll onto the bridge then explore the food stores, craft boutiques and eateries nestled alongside the beautiful River Severn. In the afternoon we travel the short distance to Blists Hill Victorian Town. Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Victorian age.
Lunch at Apley Farm Shop and RAF Cosford
Today we have a leisurely morning at the hotel. Our hotel is located at the base of the famous Wrekin, and has walks around the grounds for those feeling active, or a cosy lounge to relax with a book. We then travel to Apley Farm shop where we enjoy a soup and scone lunch, and have a chance to wander around the farm and gift shops. Next we ‘take off’ at The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, home to over 70 historic aircraft and offers a fun, entertaining day out for all. Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Whilst you are here visit the award-winning National Cold War Exhibition. Visitors will discover Cold War stories and explore thrilling displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks and even life-sized Russian dolls.
Visit to Shrewsbury and British Ironwork Centre
Shrewsbury is located on the edge of the Welsh border and is circulated by the River Severn. Affectionately known as the ‘Town of Flowers’ this historic town offers so much to visitors. Attractions include the abbey, the castle, and Regimental Museum. There are also plenty of shops and cafes to discover down the tucked-away alleys, or you may choose to stroll along to Quarry Park and the banks of the river and watch the world go by.
The British Ironwork Centre, is simply one of a kind. Here we will receive a warm welcome and introductory talk. The Centre is the birthplace of the famous ‘Spoon Gorilla’ and ‘Knife Angel’ – the UK’s national monument against knife crime. This wonderfully diverse Centre has a stunning and varied collection of metal work, where you will find beautifully decorative items both large and small for the home and garden. The indoor emporia allows you to escape into a treasure trove of must-have trinkets and interior adornments, whilst the grounds are abundant with architectural structures and eye-catching sculptures.
Featured hotel – Inspected by Greatdays in October 2019
Buckatree Hall Hotel ***
Sitting at the foot of one of the country’s most famous landmarks, the Wrekin, Buckatree Hall Hotel is perfectly located for your excursions. With a wealth of experience looking after groups and tours you are assured of a warm welcome by the attentive and caring staff. The cosy hotel has 62 well-equipped bedrooms, a lift to all floors, 2 dining rooms, welcome tea & coffee, and complimentary coach parking on-site.
|11th October 2020||from £217.00 per person|