Clay Pipe Museum - TF12 5LX - in Broseley itself
As mentioned in the histories of Broseley, clay was a key element in the town's early industry and growth. The museum is a wonderful living record of a small factory that made clay smoking pipes, one of several varied and enthralling museums in and around the Ironbridge Gorge.
Benthall Hall - TF12 5RX - just a couple of minutes by car, but nicer by foot
Benthall adjoins Brosley, and its Hall is a stunning 16th century National Trust property. There are several enjoyable walks across the fields from Broseley, and it's easy to fit it in to a wander down to the gorge. Contact - 01952 882159
Buildwas Abbey - TF8 7BW - About 4.7 miles, just the otherside of Ironbridge
Free to enter English Heritage property, Cistercian Abbey including remains of a 12th Century church, tiled floored chapter house and recently re-opened crypt chapel.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums - Several, within about a mile up to about 4
Whether you're interested in fine china, decorative tiles, fun engineering, or exploring a recreated Victorian Town you’ll find it in this medley of museums, centred around the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge. Of course, the wealth of history that's still there to see was in its early days driven by Broseley bods in large degree.
Only the exciting "Enginuity" museum's shown on our map - there would be too many flags if we showed them all !
Much Wenlock Priory - TF13 6HS - About 4 miles - 10 minutes
The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of the town. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia, whose abbess daughter Milburge was hailed as a saint.
The town's Guildhall is equally delightful, and an amble around the town is always a pleasure - nice for Broseley to have such nice neighbours!
Telford Steam Railway - TF4 3UH - about 5½ miles - roughly 16 minutes
Killed off by the Beeching cuts in 1962, the line had been going since 1859 - over a century before Telford (the New Town) came into existence!
Book early if you want to do the 'Driver Experience'!
Telford Town Park - TF4 3EP - About 6 miles - 16 minutes
Being close to one of Britain's new towns has its ups (and some downs). One of the jewels in Telford's crown is the town park. A massive 170 hectares, and a "top park" award winner in 2015. Lots to do with youngsters especially, including outdoor rope walks. Nearby is the ice skating rink, home to English Premier League ice hockey team the Telford Tigers,
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway - WV16 4AH - About 6.5 miles - 14 minutes
England's oldest and steepest inland funicular, descending from Upper to Lower town through 111 feet of sandstone cliff. It only takes a minute or two, but it's such fun - and most people have never seen anything like it. It's just a few minutes by car - or you can take a bus.
Severn Valley Railway - WV16 5DT From Broseley to Bridgnorth Station 7 miles - about 16 minutes
Nothing compares with the excitement of seeing steam trains at work, except to take a ride in an old-style carriage that's being pulled by one. Within easy reach of Broseley is this, one of Britain's leading living steam railways. Of course, such trains would have used Coalport Station, down the hill from Broseley - where you now can take a coach-holiday.
Sunnycroft - TF1 2DR - Just over 8 miles - 23 minutes
Just a few miles away, in Wellington, is this delightful National Trust house. It's a time capsule, furnished with original wallpapers, Maw’s tiles (from down the road, at Jackfield) and gold medal winning fireplaces. It transports you back to pre-First World War country house lifestyles of the 'well heeled'. Of course, it would have been less surrounded by other estates when it was in its heyday.
Wroxeter Roman City - SY5 6PH Along the country roads, just 10 miles - around 20 minutes
Though all that now remains lies hidden within the glorious countryside of Shropshire, Wroxeter was the fourth largest Roman town in Britain by area. It developed in a part of Britain that had not seen any prior urban development and took place within a community who demonstrated little sign of engagement with material culture before the Romans arrived in the region. Watling St ran through it, giving direct routes to London and Chester.
Attingham Park - SY4 4TP - About 4 miles on from Wroxeter, and 1 of them is the drive! About 26 minutes.
Glorious 18th Century Mansion surrounded by woodland and deer park, with dog friendly walks, child friendly play and picnic area and a wonderful walled vegetable and flower garden. National Trust cafes on site with homemade soups and cakes - try the Shrewsbury cake!
Cosford RAF Museum - TF11 8UP 12 miles, about 25 minutes (or use the train).
A fascinating day out with FREE entry - parking charge only.
Huge hangars with over 70 aircraft of international importance and much more.
Shropshire's Great Outdoors - A wonderful source of ideas and information about our county
This is a very large county, filled with history - but it's also one of England's most delightful counties in terms of scenery, filled with opportunities to enjoy the open air. There are no massive cities to negotiate, and driving & touring around its largely country roads is a pleasure in itself. Plenty for you to find here, at this 'outdoors' website.
Shropshire Hills All about the Area of Outstanding Beauty
The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys of this varied and special landscape are rich in geology and wildlife and ingrained with heritage. Off the beaten track and tranquil, this is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities of all levels, and for relaxation and inspiration.
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