Our guide to North Shropshire

It has been described as the quietest part of Shropshire and it’s easy to see why.

With a beautiful landscape full of lakes, fields and wild animals, North Shropshire is an area full of unspoiled countryside and the perfect place to get away from it all.

With five distinctive market towns and a scattering of small villages, North Shropshire is the epitome of the British countryside. 

Outdoor Adventures

North Shropshire is home to some of the finest gardens and landscapes Britain has to offer.

Hawkestone Park  Follies
The breathtaking Hawkstone Park Follies

Hawkestone Park Follies near Wem is a truly unique and fascinating place. Centred around the Red Castle and the awe-inspiring Grotto Hill, it offers visitors hours of delight and excitement and stunning views of the Shropshire countryside and beyond. Hawkstone Park is also home to a 66 bedroom hotel, restaurant and two 18-hole golf courses.

The Mere at Ellesmere is the largest and most spectacular lake in what has been dubbed the ‘North Shropshire Lake District’.

The Mere is surrounded by circular walks, woodlands and gardens and is a nature lover's paradise. Today the lakes attract thousands of visitors each year seeking fishing or boating. There is excellent coarse fishing on the Mere and also at the surrounding Blakemere, Whitemere, Newton Mere and Crosemere.

History Lovers

Whittington Castle in Oswestry is supposedly the only community run castle in the UK.

Whittington Castle
The historic Whittington Castle

The castle has a long and exciting history, first built around 3,000 years ago it has seen Norman Invasion and Victorian rule. Now the castle is a popular attraction and hosts a number of events throughout the year. The most popular being the Paranormal Investigations.

Family Fun

Park Hall the Countryside Experience near Oswestry is one of the region’s most exciting all-weather family visitor attractions.

Park Hall Farm
Park Hall Farm near Oswestry

With regular hands-on animal activities, two massive indoor playbarns, lots of outdoor play and driving activities, there's never a dull moment for the kids. There's also a selection of small museums, including a Victorian School and the Welsh Guards Collection. 

Some of our favourites

Fabulous Food: Don't be fooled by the name, the Pen-y-Dyffryn is actually in Shropshire. The country hotel has been a firm favourite for many years.

Read the food review here

Secret Shops: Fordhall Farm Shop is on the outskirts of Market Drayton. The shop sells a host of fantastic local produce and is known for its high quality beef, lamb and pork which are hand reared on the farm. 

Perfect Pint: As you wind your way up High Street in the historic Shropshire town of Whitchurch, you cannot help be drawn to the 17th century oak beamed pub, the Black Bear, opposite the beautiful St Alkmunds church. The pub offers a wide range of local and international beers, ciders and wines. 

Sweet Treat: A visit to Tuesday's Fine Confectionery is the ultimate chocolate experience where you can try a whole host of delicious chocolates. 

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