England’s largest in-land county, Shropshire is an unspoilt haven of pretty countryside and timeless, characterful towns and villages. If you’re looking to get away from it all, this charming area on the English and Welsh border is just the ticket. There are a multitude of market towns to meander around, plus a whole host of National Trust walking routes and estates to explore.
Shropshire’s county town, Shrewsbury, famously the birthplace of Charles Darwin, has much to offer the sightseer, shopper and foodie alike. Admire the medieval architecture, browse the boutiques, and take a break at popular eating spots like La Dolce Vita or Bistro Jacques.
One of the most well-known of Shropshire’s many market towns is Ludlow, which is renowned for its long-running food festival. It is here you’ll find some of the best restaurants in the area too. Mr Underhill’s and La Becasse have both held Michelin stars, and eight other venues in this small town have AA rosettes – remarkable considering the population is little over 11,000 people.