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Maws Craft Centre                                 Jackfield, Ironbridge                            www.mawscraftcentre.co.uk
The refurbished factory building of Maw and Co., once the largest decorative tile manufacturer in the world, is now home to Maw's Craft Centre and comprises of 20 individual workshops housing a wide variety of Art, craft and design specialists.
These select businesses open most afternoons and weekends throughout the year. However, if you are planning to visit particular workshops, it's always worth a call to check their availability.
Directions:
Off the B4373 1.5 miles from Ironbridge, follow signs for Maws Craft Centre and Jackfield.
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Acton Burnell CastleActon BurnellCastle
The red sandstone shell of a semi-fortified tower house, built between 1284-93 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's Lord Chancellor. Parliaments were twice held here, in 1283 and 1285.

Acton Scott Historic Working FarmNr Church StrettonFarm Park
The Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate.

AR KayakingTelfordWater Sports
The River Severn flows through this historic gorge forming our main centre of operation for paddling activity. See the sites from the river as they where intended to be seen, run the gentle rapids at Jackfield and enjoy a traditional ale afterwards in one of the many pubs that line the Gorge.

Attingham ParkShrewsburyHouse & Park
Attingham Park, built for the 1st Lord Berwick in 1785, was owned by the same family for more than 160 years. As their fortunes rose and fell, they proved themselves to be spenders, savers and saviours.

Battlefield 1403ShrewsburyVisitor Centre
Come and join us at Battlefield 1403 and discover more about the Battle of Shrewsbury at the Exhibition Centre. You can also buy locally sourced produce at the farm shop and butchery, taste the delights in Sparrow's Cafe or simply enjoy the fresh air along the Battlefield walk. At Battlefield 1403 our aim is to create a happy, relaxed & popular visitor destination where everyone feels welcome.

Benthall HallBroseleyHouse & Garden
Handsome 16th century house and restored gardens located on a plateau over looking the River Severn.

Beyond Extreme Paragliding Centre OswestryParagliding
Beyond Extreme Ltd specialise in hill launch paragliding courses, taster days, corporate events, and tandem flights. Once you're becoming comfortable in the air, we can also meet all your paragliding equipment needs, helping you choose and pass out on suitable kit to match your individual flying style.

Blists Hill Victorian TownTelford
Of all the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is perhaps the most popular. The open-air museum allows visitors to experience an atmospheric way of Victorian life in the late 1800's. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the attire of the day and who go about their daily live's in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. Many have been specially trained with specific skills and crafts and are ready to demonstrate to visitors, exactly how certain tasks would have been done in a small industrial town towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign, in the 19th century.

Border Quad TrekingShrewsburyOutdoor Pursuits Centre
Situated in the picturesque surroundings of the Shropshire, Mid Wales Borders, nr Shrewsbury. A family run outdoor pursuits centre with Quad Trekking, Paintballing, Laser Clays, Climbing wall and Archery.

Boscobel House and the Royal OakShackerleyHistoric House
Boscobel House was built in about 1632, when John Giffard of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge. The Giffard family were Roman Catholics, at a time when the religion suffered persecution. Tradition holds that the true purpose of Boscobel was to serve as a secret place for the shelter of Catholics in times of need. The house was, however, destined for greater fame. Following the execution of King Charles I in 1649, his eldest son made a brave though misguided attempt to regain the throne. In 1651 his hopes were crushed at Worcester in the final conflict of the Civil War. Young Charles was forced to flee for his life. Initially the future King Charles II set out to cross the River Severn into Wales, but found his way blocked by Cromwell's patrols. He sought refuge instead at Boscobel, hiding first in a tree which is now known as The Royal Oak and then spending the night in a priest-hole in the house's attic. He then travelled on in disguise via other safe houses before escaping to France.

Bridgnorth CastleBridgnorthCastle
The remains of Bridgnorth Castle are set on a cliff by the side of the River Severn. Today the castle is little more than a ruin, comprising of a 70 foot tall, 12th century Norman tower and some other small stonework built in the time of Henry II. The tower leans at an alarming angle of 15 degrees, three times greater than that of the leaning tower of Pisa. This is due to an attempt to blow it up during the Civil War.

Bridgnorth Cliff RailwayBridgnorthCliff Railway
This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country. Since 1892 it has been transporting residents and visitors alike up and down the 111 ft sandstone cliff between High Town, with its interesting shops, gardens and historic castle grounds, and Low Town with the riverside quay, enjoying the view that Charles I called the finest in his kingdom. The railway operates 2 carriages on parallel tracks. Connected by steel cables, the carriages serve to counterbalance each other. The carriages were originally driven by a system of water balance, each carriage carrying water ballast in a tank beneath the passenger compartment, but since 1943 an electric winding engine has powered the railway.

Broseley Clay Tobacco Pipe MuseumBrosseleyMuseum
The Broseley Pipeworks were abandoned in 1957 closing the door on 350 years of traditional pipe making skills. The site remained abandoned for many years until it was re-opened in 1996 as a part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Today visitors will find the traditional tools of the job preserved, lying on benches, just as it would have looked when the workers left and the factory closed all those years ago.

Buildwas AbbeyBildwas, TelfordAbbey
Impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey, including its unusually unaltered 12th century church, beautiful vaulted and tile-floored chapter house, and recently re-opened crypt chapel. Situated in a wooded Severn-side setting, not far from the Iron Bridge and Wenlock Priory.

Cantlop BridgeBerringtonBridge
A single-span, cast-iron road bridge over the Cound Brook. Possibly designed and certainly approved by the great engineer Thomas Telford, who was instrumental in shaping industrial Shropshire and the West Midlands.

Carding Mill ValleyChurch StrettonCountryside
The area includes part of the great ridge, the Long Mynd, with stunning views across the Shropshire and Cheshire plains and Black Mountains.

Clun CastleClunCastle Ruin
The dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of a Welsh Border castle, its tall 13th century keep unusually set on the side of its mound. Information panels tell the story of the castle and the nearby town.

Dorothy Clive GardenMarket DraytonGarden
12 magical acres of garden with a magnificent woodland waterfall, dazzling rhododendrons & azaleas, fabulous summer borders & delicious food in the tearoom. March - October.

Haughmond AbbeyNr ShrewsburyAbbey
The extensive remains of an Augustinian abbey, including its abbots' quarters, refectory and cloister. The substantially surviving chapter house has a frontage richly bedecked with 12th and 14th century carving and statuary, and a fine timber roof of around 1500. Pictorial interpretation boards guide the visitor, and an introductory exhibition displays archaeological finds. Picnic area and light refreshments available.

Hawkstone Park & FolliesNr ShrewsburyPark
Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies is a unique place. Created in the 18th Century by the Hill family (Sir Rowland and his son Richard), Hawkstone became one of the greatest historic parklands in Europe.

Iron BridgeIronbridge, TelfordBridge
The world’s first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn here in 1779. Britain’s best-known industrial monument, the bridge gave its name to the spectacular wooded gorge which, though now tranquil, was once an industrial powerhouse and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge Gorge is now a World Heritage Site. At the beginning of the 18th century, Abraham Darby I pioneered the process of using coke made from local coal to smelt local iron ore. But industrial expansion was hampered by the lack of a bridge over the Severn, which had to be a single span to allow for barge traffic. An iron bridge was first suggested by the Shrewsbury architect Thomas Pritchard: he designed a single bridge span 30 metres long, but died as work began. The project was then taken over by Abraham Darby III, who cast the bridge in his Coalbrookdale foundry, using 378 tons of iron.

Jackfield Tile MuseumJackfield, TelfordMuseum
At the Jackfield Tile Museum there are tiles everywhere! The Victorians were on a mission to not only make them, but also to use them.

Langley ChapelActon Burnell, Nr ShrewsburyChapel
A small chapel tranquilly set all alone in charming countryside. Its atmospheric interior contains a perfect set of 17th-century timber furnishings, including a musicians' pew.

Lilleshall AbbeyNr OkengatesAbbey
Extensive ruins of an Augustinian abbey, later a Civil War stronghold, in a deeply rural setting. Much of the church survives, unusually viewable from gallery level, along with the lavishly sculpted processional door and other cloister buildings.

Ludlow Assembly RoomsLudlowArts Centre
The place to go for year-round entertainment and activities; films, theatre, dance, comedy, poetry, music from classical to pop, children’s shows and workshops.

Mitchell`s Fold Stone CircleNr LydhamPrehistoric Remains
A Bronze Age stone circle, the focus of many legends, set in dramatic moorland on Stapeley Hill. It once consisted of some 30 stones, 15 of which are still visible.

Moreton Corbet CastleMoreton CorbetCastle Ruin
The ruins of the medieval castle and Tudor manor house of the Corbets are dominated by the theatrical shell of an ambitious Elizabethan mansion wing in Italianate style, which was devastated during the Civil War. Fine Corbet monuments fill the adjacent church. Information panels illustrate the 500-year history of the castle.

Park Hall Countryside ExperienceOswestryFarm Park
National award winning farm park with endless animal fun, action and adventure for the kids.

Rays Farm Country MattersBridgnorthFarm Park
See unusual farm animals and birds in beautiful woodland setting. Large owl and deer collection. Coffee, Gift and Craft shop. Woodland walks. Sculpture trail.

Royal Air Force Museum, TheCosfordAir Museum
Over 70 aircraft in 3 wartime hangars. The new National Cold War exhibition opens Feb 2007. Fun 'n' Flight area, shop and restaurant on site.

Severn Valley Country ParkAlveleyCountry Park
Green Flag Award winning Country Park. Teashop and toilets. 3 way-marked trails. Parking at Alveley and Highley. Located on National Cycle Network (Route 45). Play area. Request stop on the Severn Valley Railway.

Shrewsbury AbbeyShrewsburyCathedral - Abbey
When people think of Shrewsbury Abbey, they think of Brother Cadfael. The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters are inspired by medieval Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1083 by the Norman Roger de Montgomery and started life as a small, wooden, Saxon, chapel of St. Peter. It was the priest of St. Peters church, who, returning from a pilgrimage to Rome, persuaded Roger de Montgomery, the newly appointed Earl of Shrewsbury, to turn the church into an Abbey.

Stokesay CastleStokesayCastle
Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant wishing to set up as a country gentleman, bought the property in 1281, when the long Anglo-Welsh wars were ending. So it was safe to raise here one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows. Extensive recent tree-ring dating confirms that Lawrence had completed virtually all of the still surviving house by 1291, using the same team of carpenters throughout: more remarkably, the dating also revealed that it has scarcely been altered since.

Wenlock PrioryMuch WenlockPriory
The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Merewalh of Mercia, whose abbess daughter Milburge was hailed as a saint. Her relics were miraculously re-discovered here in 1101, attracting both pilgrims and prosperity to the priory. By then Wenlock had been re-founded by the Normans as a priory of Cluniac monks. It is the impressive remains of this medieval priory which survive today, everywhere reflecting the Cluniac love of elaborate decoration. Parts of the great 13th century church still stand high; and in the adjoining cloister garth is a most unusual monks' washing fountain, embellished with 12th century carvings. Once enclosed in an octagonal building, 16 monks could wash here at once before eating in the nearby refectory.

Whitchurch Heritage and Visitor Information Centre WhitchurchTourist Information
Where history comes to life. Featuring displays on tower clocks, the Romans, Randolph Caldecott and Sir Edward German. Educational and fun for all the family.

White Ladies PrioryNr CosfordPriory
Ruins of the late 12th century church of a small nunnery of 'white ladies' or Augustinian canonesses. Charles II hid nearby in 1651, before moving to Boscobel House.

Wroxeter Roman CityWroxeterRoman Remains
Wroxeter (or 'Viroconium' ) was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It began as a legionary fortress and later developed into a thriving civilian city. Though much still remains below ground, today the most impressive features are the 2nd-century municipal baths, and the remains of the huge wall dividing them from the exercise hall in the heart of the city. The site museum and audio tour reveal how Wroxeter worked in its heyday, and the health and beauty practices of its 5,000 citizens. Dramatic archaeological discoveries provide a glimpse of the last years of the Roman city, and its possible conversion into headquarters of a 5th century British or Irish warlord. In February 1859 workmen began excavating the baths complex, and by April much of the present site was exposed and thronged with fascinated visitors, including Charles Dickens. Donated by the landowner for public viewing, Wroxeter thus became one of the first archaeological visitor attractions in Britain.


 
Adcote HouseShrewsbury
Angel Gardens Springfield Open GardensBitterley
Arley ArboretumBewdley
Astley Abbots PYO LavenderBridgnorth
Bishops Castle Tours of the TownBishops Castle
Bitterley CourtLudlow
Bridgnorth Guided ToursBridgnorth
Bridgnorth Tourist Information CentreBridgnorth
China Museum & Tar TunnelCoalport
Church Stretton Tourist Information CentreChurch Stretton
Clun Local History MuseumClun
Coalbrookdale Museum of IronCoalbrookdale
Coalport China MuseumCoalport
Coleham Pumping StationShrewsbury
Cronkhill HouseAtcham, Shrewsbury
Daniels MillEardington
Darby HousesCoalbrookdale
Dean Heritage Museum TrustSoudley
Dudmaston HallQuatt, Nr Bridgnorth
Edge, TheWalton Grange
Ellesmere Tourist Information CentreEllesmere
Gleedons Decorative DetailsMuch Wenlock
Hawkstone Hall and GardensMarchamley
Hodnet Hall GardensNr Market Drayton
Hoo Farm Animal KingdomTelford
Ironbridge Gorge MuseumsIronbridge, Telford
Ironbridge Power StationIronbridge, Telford
Jessamine Cottage GardensKenley
Knighton Tourist Information CentreKnighton
Lake Vrynwy Tourist Information CentreLake Vrynwy, Oswestry
Lingen Nursery & GardenLingen, Nr Bucknell
Ludlow CastleLudlow
Ludlow FestivalLudlow
Ludlow MuseumLudlow
Market Drayton Tourist Information CentreMarket Drayton
Mercian Way Cycle RouteAlveley
Morville HallNr Bridgnorth
Much Wenlock MuseumMuch Wenlock
Much Wenlock PrioryMuch Wenlock
Mythstories, Museum of Myth and FableWem
Northgate MuseumBridgnorth
Oakengates TheatreTelford
Old Mill Antique CentreBridgnorth
Old Oswestry Hill FortOswestry
Oswestry Tourist Information CentreOswestry
Oswestry Transport MuseumOswestry
Percy Throwers Gardening and LeisureShrewsbury
Radbrook Culinary MuseumShrewsbury
Real Art GalleryShrewsbury
River KingShrewsbury
Rowley's House MuseumShrewsbury
Secret Hills - The Shropshire Hills Discovery CentreCraven Arms
Shipton HallMuch Wenlock
Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental MuseumShrewsbury
Shrewsbury International Kite and Boomerang FestivalShrewsbury
Shrewsbury Museum and Art GalleryShrewsbury
Shrewsbury Music Hall, TheShrewsbury
Shrewsbury Tourist Information CentreShrewsbury
Sun Valley CanoeingBridgnorth
SunnycroftWellington, Telford
Tar TunnelCoalport
Teddy Bear Shop and Vintage DisplayIronbridge, Telford
Telford Steam RailwayTelford
Telford Tourist Information CentreTelford
Telford Town ParkTelford
Town Walls TowerShrewsbury
Walcot HallLydbury North
Wenlock PotteryMuch Wenlock
Wernlas Collection, TheCraven Arms
Wilderhope ManorLongville, Much Wenlock
Wollerton Old Hall GardenMarket Drayton
Wolverhampton AirportStourbridge
WonderlandTelford
Wood Brewery, TheCraven Arms
Wroxeter Roman VineyardWroxeter

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