Just a short drive, yet seemingly a world away from busy Birmingham, Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town nestling in the tranquil Teme Valley. On a cottage holiday, The Pump Rooms is well worth a visit and is situated in a rather idiosyncratic landmark building, designed in the late nineteenth century to house to town’s Spa. The unique Round Market was built by the same designer and here markets still take place twice weekly, in time-honoured fashion. Follow the Tenbury Town Trail to take in these sights and more. You’ll discover the Burgage, St. Mary’s Church, many lovely half-timbered black and white houses dating from the seventeenth century, the Stepping Stones and the Tenbury Museum. Stay a while and take in a film at the delightful Regal Picture House, a cinema complete with trappings from the 1930’s. (more…)
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One of the finest Tudor towns in England – a good reason to visit Shrewsbury on your Shropshire cottage holiday! The town has a number of interesting attractions, including the Abbey, a site of pilgrimage for the relics of St. Winifred, whose bones are interred here, and the red sandstone Castle, which is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. In addition to these sights, Shrewsbury is just a lovely town to explore on a leisurely stroll, the sense of history oozes out from the half-timbered buildings, and the street names, that are indicative of the type of trading that once took place there including Fish Street and Butcher’s Row. The ginnels, passages and shuts of the winding mediaeval streets are great for wandering, beautiful half-timbered, overhanging buildings now house some very good shops, from high street names to lovely specialist boutiques, and there are some good places for eating and drinking. Or for a more purposeful wander, follow the Darwin Trail, and learn how evolution began, right here in the heart of England! Alternatively, enjoy Shrewsbury from the water, with a relaxing cruise along the river Severn. (more…)
Make time to visit Bridgnorth on your Shropshire cottage holiday; there’s much here to reward the visitor. A delightful two-tiered town, which clings to a rocky escarpment at a bend in the river Severn, enjoy the views from the vantage point of the old town; the lower town was once a busy river port carrying goods as far as Bristol. Tackle the cartway, once used to transport goods to market, to get between the two parts of town, or you can climb the steps that link the two. The best way, however, is to let oldest funicular in the country, the unique Bridgnorth Cliffe Railway, take the strain, as it transports you to the crooked castle, gardens and shops of the high town.
Visitors on a cottage holiday will be tempted to explore Malvern. At the heart of the hills famed for the pure quality of their water, the town of Malvern has seen a steady trade in visitors since Victorian times, when the healing powers of the water were discovered to economic gain. Today, many wells survive, including the original Holy Well, above Malvern Wells, and St. Ann’s well, near Great Malvern, which can still be visited. Some are ruined, others restored, and still more take a little tracking down, hidden away in the hills and valleys of this most scenic landscape. The success of the spa town saw the creation of some elegant buildings, and modern Malvern still displays a wealth of architectural delights. Some date back long before the discovery of the spa waters; Malvern Priory belongs in the eleventh century, it is a cathedral-like structure with massive Norman pillars and beautifully carved detail. The Malvern Museum is not to be missed and is now housed in the equally stunning mediaeval surroundings of the Abbey Gateway.
Whist staying in a holiday cottage visit picturesque Ledbury. Tucked away in southeastern Herefordshire, close to the borders with both Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, is a handsome country town, which, with its half-timbered houses and bustling weekly markets, has something quintessentially ‘Olde-England’ about it.