The History & Heritage of Shropshire & Ironbridge

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Compton Verney

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Compton Verney in Warwickshire, a Grade I listed Robert Adam mansion with an outstanding collection of British, Neapolitan, Germanic and Chinese paintings – continue to the 4* Telford Hotel & Golf Resort on the outskirts of Ironbridge.

Day 2 – Ironbridge & Blists Hill Victorian Town

Cast in 1779 by Abraham Darby III, the bridge of the small town of Ironbridge remains the great symbol of industrialisation and the success of the iron industry and enthralled visitors who came from all over the world to admire its construction – time at leisure to explore the Blists Hill Victorian Town, a recreation of life in a Victorian community complete with working factories, shops and cottages authentic to the era.

Day 3 – Shrewsbury & Powis Castle

Guided tour of Shrewsbury takes in sights such as the Norman castle and St Mary’s Church, dating from 960 AD and boasting one of the tallest spires in England – Powis Castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales while its world famous garden was laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles and retains its original lead statues.

Day 4 – Bridgnorth, Severn Valley Railway & Stokesay Castle

Once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, Charles I declared Bridgnorth as offering ‘the finest view in all my Kingdom’ – optional one way 16 mile steam train excursion from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway, the best way to explore the beauty of the River Severn – a perfectly preserved medieval fortified manor house dating back to the 11th century, English Heritage’s Stokesay Castle nestles in a green valley in the heart of the Shropshire countryside.

Day 5 – Attingham Park

The National Trust’s Attingham Park, an elegant 18th century mansion, is home to a fine collection of ambassadorial silver, Italian furniture and Grand Tour paintings – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

Full programme of included excursions

Blue Badge Guide on Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout


Compton Verney


Blists Hill Victorian Village

Guided tour of Shrewsbury

Powis Castle


Severn Valley Railway

Medieval Stokesay Castle

Attingham Park


Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Telford Hotel & Golf Resort. Located in a countryside setting on the outskirts of Ironbridge, the hotel has a restaurant, spa and indoor pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Ludlow Castle - perched on a cliff above the picturesque River Teme, Ludlow Castle dates back to 1085
  • St Laurence's Church - 'the Cathedral of the Marches' was largely rebuilt in the 15th century on prosperity derived from the wool trade and incorporates some of England's finest stained glass windows
  • Madresfield Court - home to an outstanding collection of furniture, pictures and porcelain while the wonderful library was designed by CR Ashbee, a leading light in the Arts and Crafts movement

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The History & Heritage of Shropshire & Ironbridge

Date of tour: May 2019

We have just returned from another very successful Society tour to Shropshire. As usual your organisation and timing of our itinerary worked like clockwork. Our Blue Badge guide really brought Ironbridge alive with her historical knowledge and anecdotes of the area. She was excellent and fun to be with. Hotel, food and accommodation and the coach driver were all very good. My grateful thanks for organising it all so efficiently - everybody is looking forward to Cornwall next year. Thank you so much for all your hard work from beginning to end.

GC, Watford

Date of tour: October 2018

What a wonderful holiday we had in Shropshire organised by Tailored Travel. This is the fourth time we have travelled with the company and each time we enjoy the variety of places to visit and appreciate the superb organisation that goes into giving everyone an excellent holiday. There is flexibility too, and you can choose alternative venues to visit and these are skilfully woven into your trip. We had an amazing joyous holiday to suit lots of different interests, with a superb coach driver and hotel. Thank you very much!

JH, Tavistock

Date of tour: June 2017

This was our first tour for our group with yourselves. Our tour to Staffordshire was a great success and many thanks to Damian for the itinerary and Louise for her efficient administration. I've already received from my members thank you calls and e-mails saying how much they had enjoyed the trip. Now looking forward to our next tour to Bruges in November.

MP, Northwood

Date of tour: September 2015

Firstly many thanks to all at Tailored Travel for the excellent work in organising this tour. All went well with no problems. Excellent coach driver, who built up a rapport with our members, was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. The hotel was in a lovely setting. A very good choice, rooms were very good, and all our singles were allocated double rooms. Service was very good, all staff helpful. No complaints re food, good selection of choices and individual menus worked fine. The Shrewsbury Blue Badge guides were very good and made the tour very interesting both had a nice easy manner.

AC, Budleigh Salterton

Date of tour: April 2015

Just a note to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf. The tour went well. Hotel was very good. Again many thanks for an excellent Tour.

PG, Ashtead

Date of tour: May 2014

We had a super holiday in Shropshire: the hotel was excellent; the food delicious and the service could not have been better. The Blue Badge guide was extremely interesting and the coach driver could not have been more helpful. The places we visited were diverse and there was something for everyone. To top it all off the weather was amazing. All in all a very enjoyable trip. Thank you for organising it.

IS, Bakewell

Date of tour: May 2013

Once again it gives me great pleasure to thank you for putting together the excellent tour to the Heart of England and Cardiff. Without exception everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Tailored Travel was praised very highly at our monthly lecture yesterday. Please extend my thanks to Nicola whose arrangements ensured the tour ran very smoothly. We were extremely fortunate to have such good weather, especially important for Highgrove which was wonderful. Our driver even managed to give us a short time in Tetbury prior to the visit. Once again my thanks to Tailored Travel for ensuring we had yet another excellent extended visit.

RW, Witham

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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