It’s difficult to imagine life without the technical advances made within the Industrial Revolution. Shropshire resident Abraham Darby was the first to smelt local iron ore with coke coal in 1709 creating a low cost fuel and triggering the modern world as we know it. Book one of our hotels in Shropshire and travel back in time to the start of this revolution. From here, travel further back to Tudor times as you admire the architecture in the local towns. Next up, medieval times. Roam the castles and imagine a life gone by.

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Book a hotel in Shropshire and don’t leave without visiting Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. There are ten museums here, so there’s something to please everyone, from the old Victorian Town to the slightly spooky Tar Tunnel. However, no trip is complete without a walk across the Iron Bridge itself, the first of its kind in the world. Our Telford Shawbirch Hotel is a 25-minute drive away, or keep the fun flag flying at the RAF museum. It’s worth the journey to see the remarkable aircraft on display. There are even interactive stations where you can learn the basics of flying. If you can’t practice your new skills straight away (you don’t own a plane?), then opt to drive to our Telford Shawbirch Hotel 13.2 miles away.

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Ludlow is close to the England Wales border, and it’s well worth taking the time to explore this historic and picturesque town. There are over 500 listed buildings, from Tudor-framed houses to medieval forts, so rent bikes and see the town on two wheels. Must-see Moment: visit grand ruins sitting proud atop a hill Ludlow Castle.  It’s an easy 10-minute cycle back to our Ludlow Hotel along the River Teme. Next, head to the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and learn about Victorian farming methods. It’s interesting, interactive and 14.5 miles south of our Shrewsbury Bayston Hill Hotel.