Visit Whitchurch and Wem on your cottage holiday.
Leave time for a visit to historic Whitchurch on your Shropshire cottage holiday; it’s home to one of the world’s oldest clockmakers, JB Joyce, whose time pieces keep the watch on towers, churches and other public buildings across the globe. Learn more at the Heritage and Craft Centre, or enjoy shopping for local specialities and fresh local produce at the town’s regular Farmer’s Markets. The pleasant green space of Jubilee Park is the place to head out for a stroll; no less than five of the county’s long distance walks, including the Shropshire Way, begin here, whilst the Llangollen canal offers alternative short walks and cycles. Nearby, the north Shropshire markets towns of Ellesmere, Wem and Market Drayton offer a variety of attractions.
An ancient little North Shropshire town having a market charter since the thirteenth century, a visit to Wem offers a taste of olde England. Wem boasts charming half-timbered houses, narrow streets, a butchers, bakers and other specialist shops that have largely disappeared from modern high streets – including a sweet shop selling the kind of sweets they used to make, along with pubs and coaching inns offering great real ales and locally produced food. Enjoy a stroll out of town; the Llangollen canal is just a short walk away, or tackle a section of the Shropshire Way, which can be accessed in town. Visitors flock to Wem above all else during the town’s annual Sweet Pea Festival, which offers many colours and scents in July each year.
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