A journey through 2000 years of the history of this lovely county, visiting the ruins of Britain’s fourth largest Roman city, a beautiful Medieval town and city, and enjoying Georgian and Victorian ingenuity on the Llangollen Aqueduct and Steam Train.
Day 1 We travel up to the county of Shropshire, stopping first at Wroxeter Roman City to delve into life in what was England’s fourth largest city. After dinner, we have a local speaker to talk to us about the local area.
Day 2 A short drive into historic Shrewsbury, built on a loop of the River Severn. We begin the day with a 40-minute boat trip to give us a unique view of the town, this afternoon we continue to the ancient town of Ludlow, with its impressive castle, delightful narrow lanes and interesting shops. This evening is quiz night at our hotel.
Day 3 Witness the beautiful scenery of the Shropshire Hills, stopping first in Church Stretton where there is a large antiques centre. Later we board the Llangollen Steam Railway for a single journey to Corwen where we board our coach and return to our hotel in time for dinner.
Day 4 A wonderful day today as we travel to Llangollen after some free time for your own exploration we join a two-hour cruise along the Llangollen Canal crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford in 1805. We return to our hotel with a scenic drive through the Dee Valley. Tonight, enjoy a board games evening at our hotel.
Day 5 Departing after breakfast, we take the scenic route home, stopping at The Valley Country Park for refreshments, arriving in the local area late afternoon.
Our four-star hotel incorporates an 18th Century manor house set in 15 acres of landscaped grounds, four miles outside Shrewsbury. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift only in the new wing.