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Shropshire must surely be one of England’s hidden gems lying on the border with Wales and set on a backcloth of patchwork fields, wooded valleys, picturesque rivers and rolling hills leading in to the Welsh Marches. Unspoilt countryside, lovely medieval towns and a remarkable heritage are all there to be enjoyed. From a country house hotel base, 'step back in time’ and catch a glimpse of England and Wales in times gone by.
As the largest county in England, Shropshire's landscape is so diverse that it is often described as five counties in one. Experience delights including the literally gorgeous Severn Gorge and the spectacular borderland where the mountains of Wales provide a perfect backdrop. Discover two World Heritage Sites with historical Ironbridge, a memorable canal cruise and train journey
Friday We collect you from home to join your tour coach and travel to Shropshire arriving late afternoon for a four nights stay - dinner, bed and breakfast at Buckatree Hall Hotel.
Saturday Head north on a scenic drive taking heading to join the Llangollen Railway, the only standard gauge Heritage Railway in North Wales. See England from the previous century and enjoy stunning views as we travel to Llangollen, meandering through the picturesque Dee Valley and borderlands on a relaxing train journey. After the train journey, enjoy a small amount of free time in Llangollen itself before boarding a narrowboat for a relaxing cruise on the Llangollen Canal. We embark on a specialised boat cruise from Froncysyllte taking you along a five mile stretch of the Llangollen Canal World Heritage site. The journey includes a crossing of the world famous and spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. The country's biggest navigable aqueduct towers a massive 126ft (38m) above the River Dee supported by 18 stone piers.
Sunday Today we have included a visit to the impressive Ironbridge Gorge where the world’s first iron bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, forms the centre of this World Heritage Site, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. We have included a visit to the Blist’s Hill Open Air Museum a chance to experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town.
Monday Discover North Shropshire today, considered to be the quietest part of Shropshire and it's easy to see why. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, friendly local guide, you'll find peaceful countryside and a unique landscape of sandstone hills, meres and mosses, with miles of canals and pretty little market towns such as Ellesmere, Whitchurch and Market Drayton across to Oswestry on the Welsh border.
Tuesday After breakfast we depart for the return journey to Wiltshire with suitable stops en route where your taxi will be waiting to return you to your home.
Buckatree Hall Hotel, Telford
Buckatree Hall Hotel is a renowned comfortable country house, with its own mature gardens and private lake, offering a relaxing retreat where you can escape from the pressure of day to day life. Many of the rooms enjoy scenic views of the hotels own lake and gardens, providing a memorable setting in which to relax. All bedrooms are en suite and have a TV together with tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to the first and second floor, however there are a few rooms on the lower ground floor and the first floor that are accessible by approximately 13 and 9 steps respectively.
Look what's included!
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum coach travel with extra leg room
Home pick up
Entrance to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum & Blist’s Hill Open Air Museum
Guided coach tour of North Shropshire
Llangollen canal cruise
Llangollen steam railway ride