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Shropshire – Charles Darwin “evolved” from Shrewsbury

Shropshire and the surrounding areas were inhabited by a Celtic people during the Iron Age, who were identified from their metal artifacts and the way they constructed their hill forts.

After the end of the Roman occupation in the 5th century, Shropshire was for a short time part of the Welsh Kingdom of Powys, until it was annexed by King Offa to the kingdom of Mercia in the 8th century. The area suffered a number of Danish invasions prior to the Norman Conquest in 1066 and the Normans built a number of defensive castles in the county.

The land in North Shropshire is generally quite flat, but this changes as you go further south and find significant hill ranges and river valleys, woods and forests. The Long Mynd is a plateau 1,693 feet high, and to the east there is Stiperstones (1,759 feet).

Reasons to visit Shropshire

There are many scenic areas in Shropshire and a good selection of historic buildings and locations such as Shrewsbury Castle, the impressive Attingham Park (built in 1785), Bridgnorth Cliff Railway (a funicular railway and not recommended if you dislike heights!), Flounders’ Folly (a tower, built in 1838), Ironbridge Gorge (which takes its name from the first iron bridge of its kind in the world), The Long Mynd (see above), Ludlow Castle (a large and partly ruined castle dated around the 11th century), Stokesay Castle (an unusual but interesting fortified manor house), Telford Steam Railway and The Wrekin.

Entertainment and Dining in Shropshire

There is a good selection of places to go like theatres, cinemas and pubs, with a nice selection of restaurants like the Restaurant Severn in Ironbridge, Draper’s Hall in Shrewsbury and Fennels Restaurant in Shifnall.

Accommodation in Shropshire

Shropshire offers Guest Houses, B&Bs and camping sites, and hotels like the Premier Inn in Shrewsbury, Hadley Park House Hotel in Telford and The Wroxeter Hotel (in Wroxeter).