Located on site in a large, bright, airy and contemporary barn conversion, Rural Space offers the perfect environment to enjoy a workout or relax, unwind and tune into your body. Featuring yoga & pilates; gravity fitness machines, spin cycles and a comprehensive range of beauty treatments. www.ruralspace.co.uk
Shropshire has over 3,500 miles of rights of way. A quarter of the county is designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so our routes run through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes you will find anywhere in Britain.
As North Shropshire only has a few hills, cycling around here can be a relaxing pastime. A combination of quiet lanes and country roads with easy gradients and a network of cycle routes around each town offer some amazing rides whether for the experienced 'pedal-pusher' or just a novice.
Alternatively, the Shropshire Hills is a great place to be on a bike. Quiet country lanes wind through gentle valleys or over sweeping hilltops with amazing views. Off the road, there is plenty of choice of cross country routes, or you can take on the challenge of some top quality mountain biking trails.
What better way to cast your eye over our fair county of Shropshire than to pass the time by sitting on one of our watery banks anticipating the bite of a fish? So whether you prefer your waters to be still or fast flowing, your fishing coarse or game, our stillwaters and rivers provide the ideal venue for you to bait your hook and check your flies.
Merrington Carp Fishery is situated a couple of minutes away from the Courthouse and is set deep in the heart of unspoilt countryside away from traffic noise and is a truly peaceful and tranquil setting. It is likely to become Shropshire's premier day ticket water and offers both day and night fishing with only carp stocked into the lake.
Water Based Activities
The Sabrina river boat operates tours along the picturesque river Severn in Shrewsbury, 7 days a week from 1st March - 31st October.
Llangollen Canal - For over 100 years, visitors have enjoyed trips from Llangollen Wharf. Experience for yourself the pleasure of a horse drawn boat trip on the beautiful Llangollen Canal, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alternatively enjoy a motorised aqueduct boat trip across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford.
Canoe Hire - Fancy a paddle on the River Severn? Hire a canoe for a few hours or a full day
Shrewsbury - For endless boutiques and quirky independents visit Shrewsbury. All tucked away in 'shuts and passages' (those crooked medieval alleyways that criss-cross the town centre).
Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop - 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 to the historic St Mary Magdalene Church.
Markets - Shrewsbury Market Hall With its commanding clock tower, Shrewsbury Market Hall stands proud between Shoplatch and Claremont Street. Since 1965 this indoor market has been home to many traders, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, fresh fish, delicatessen, books, china, antiques, collectables and contemporary arts and crafts to name a few.
Shrewsbury Farmers Market Held outside in the town square once a month, usually on the first Friday. A great way to discover some of the best produce Shropshire has to offer.
Old Market Hall Cinema The Old Market Hall Cinema in Shrewsbury's historic Market Square opened in 2003 and is housed in a magnificent Elizabethan building built in 1596. The OMH cinema is one of the smallest, and is housed in one of the oldest buildings, in the UK.
Live music Shropshire has a thriving music scene with every genre represented in a variety of locations across the county.
St. Nicholas Café–Bar-Spa Located in the heart of Shrewsbury within a converted old church, St Nicholas is home to a Luxury Moroccan inspired Day Spa.
Places To Visit
The Medieval market town is only 4 miles away. Full of higgledy-piggledy streets and a river that scoops up the town in a loop. A mix of the very old and the very new. The quirky and the one-off. Independents shops, high quality restaurants, fantastic architecture and a calendar full events.
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the year. Ludlow and the surrounding area have acquired an excellent reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes encouraged by the areas abundance of quality food and drink producers. Ludlow Market trades every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday with specialist markets most Thursdays & Sundays.
The Meres and Mosses
The Meres & Mosses of Shropshire and Cheshire are a mosaic of wetlands important for some of the rarest wildlife in the UK. This landscape is the second largest natural network of ponds and wetlands in the UK, after the Lake District.
Area of Outstanding Natural 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.
A World Heritage Site set in a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. One of Shropshire's top attractions, the Ironbridge Gorge is known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the wild River Severn. See the products that set industry on its path and the machines that made them. www.ironbridge.org.uk
Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old cathedral, 700 year old unique shopping rows and Chester Zoo, the most visited visitor attraction outside of London.
Hawkstone Historic Park and Follies
Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies is a unique place located about 6 miles away. 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. Centred around the Red Castle and the awe-inspiring Grotto Hill, it offers visitors hours of delight and excitement and stunning views of the Shropshire countryside and beyond. Hawkstone follies is a historic parkland that covers 100 acres. Intricate pathways, ravines, arches and bridges, the towering cliffs and follies, the hermit in his hermitage and King Arthur addressing his troops in the awesome caves combine to create a magical visit that can last around 3.5 exhilarating hours.
Voted 'Small Tourist Attraction of the Year' in the 2013 Shropshire Star Tourism & Leisure Awards, its eccentric collection of follies and woodland walks offer a delightful day out and fun for all the family. Hawkstone Park is also home to a restaurant and two 18 hole golf courses www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk
Attingham Park is a magnificent Mansion & Park on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Built in 1785, it is now under the management of the National Trust. This huge mansion is set in a magnificent deer park, artfully landscaped by the great Humphrey Repton.
Powis Castle is a medieval castle; fortress and grand country mansion located near the town of Welshpool, in Powys, Mid Wales.
The residence of the Earl of Powis, the stunning castle is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, parkland, and deer park.
Places to Eat
Battlefield 1403 Sparrows Café 3 miles - www.battlefield1403.com
Alfie and Billy's coffee shop, Shrewsbury - www.alfieandbillys.com
Bird’s Nest Café, Shrewsbury - http://www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk
Eat Up Restaurant & Café, Shrewsbury www.eatupshrewsbury.co.uk
Shrewsbury Coffeehouse - www.shrewsburycoffeehouse.co.uk
St. Nicholas, Shrewsbury - www.stnicholasretreat.com
The Red Lion, Myddle 11/2 miles - www.redlionmyddle.co.uk
The New Inn at Baschurch 4miles - www.thenewinnbaschurch.co.uk
The Armoury, Shrewsbury - www.brunningandprice.co.uk/armoury
The Boat at Erbistock, near Ellesmere 19 miles - www.boatondee.com
The Boathouse, Shrewsbury - www.boathouseshrewsbury.co.uk
Eat Up Restaurant & Café, Shrewsbury - www.eatupshrewsbury.co.uk
The Glutton Club, Shrewsbury - www.gluttonclubrestaurant.com
Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury - www.henrytudorhouse.com
House of the Rising Sun, Shrewsbury - www.hotrs.co.uk
The Lion and Pheasant, Shrewsbury - www.lionandpheasant.co.uk
The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel, Atcham 10 miles - www.myttonandmermaid.co.uk