Places To Visit

There are plenty of places to visit and things to do close to Broome Farm Cottages.

Broome Farm is in a very rural, beautiful location but the cottages are just 15 minutes from the market towns of Church Stretton and Much Wenlock in Shropshire.

Church Stretton

Approx. 6 miles from Broome Farm/15 minutes drive.

Situated in the heart of the South Shropshire Hills on the English/Welsh border, Church Stretton is the largest town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has been called "little Switzerland" for its alpine like hills and valleys (without the wolves and avalanches!). Explore Church Stretton's independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés.

Above the town rises the Long Mynd which is topped by a moorland plateau of heather and rocks, broken on the eastern side by a series of "batches" or hollows. This is a popular walking area - ideal for exploring the Shropshire Hills AONB during your stay at Broome Farm. The Chalet Pavilion in CardingMill Valley offers information about the area, as well as a tea-room and shop.

It's easy to get around in the car, on a bike, on foot or you can hop on a Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus!

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is also just outside Church Stretton.

Much Wenlock

Approx. 7.5 miles from Broome Farm/15 minutes drive.

Birthplace of the modern Olympic Games (celebrate the Olympics without the crowds or tracksuits!) The official 2012 Olympic Mascot, 'Wenlock', is named after Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Visit Wenlock Priory or Much Wenlock Museum and Visitor Information Centre. The new displays tell the story of the links between Dr. William Penny Brookes and the Olympic Games, the history of the town and Priory and the geology of Wenlock Edge. Guided walking tours of Much Wenlock are also available.

Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Broome Farm self catering cottages are situated in the Shropshire Hills AONB. The hills, farmland, woods and valleys are chockablock with geology, wildlife and heritage and there are walks aplenty to discover.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms (Approx. 13 miles from Broome Farm/25 minutes drive). Housed in an extraordinary grass-roofed building with Secret Hills Exhibition, Café, Gallery and Gift shop. Explore the Onny Meadows or try a hi-tech treasure hunt through the Shropshire Hills, following one of the Centre's Geocaching trails.

Getting Around - Shropshire Hills Shuttle Buses

The Shuttles are 16-seater mini-buses which provide easy access into the Shropshire Hills for walking, sightseeing, pub lunches, picnics and more. Please click here for information.

Ludlow

Approx. 20 miles from Broome Farm/35 minutes drive.

One of the finest medieval towns in England, Ludlow is renowned for its food and drink: foodie markets, cafes, pubs and Michelin starred restaurant (it is the gastronomic capital of Shropshire!).

Walk through the grounds of Ludlow Castle and relax in their tea room. Ludlow has a town trail and the Ludlow Food Centre nearby is well worth a visit.

Why not stay at Broome Farm and visit one of Ludlow's annual events?

  • Ludlow Spring Festival. A weekend of Beers, Bangers & Bread! In May every year.
  • Ludlow Festival (centred on a Shakespeare production in the ruins of Ludlow Castle). 2 weeks in June/July every year. www.ludlowfestival.co.uk
  • Ludlow Food & Drink Festival. The 2nd weekend in September ever year. www.foodfestival.co.uk
  • Ludlow Medieval Fayre. The 4th weekend in November every year. www.ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk

The Ironbridge Gorge, World Heritage Site

Approx. 13 miles from Broome Farm/25 minutes drive.

Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution with ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the River Severn - still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge. www.ironbridge.org.uk

Shrewsbury

Approx. 13 miles from Broome Farm/25 minutes drive.

Explore Shropshire's medieval county town, birthplace of Charles Darwin and home to over 600 listed buildings - many of them independent shops and eateries. Shrewsbury is set within a loop of the River Severn, so you can enjoy a stroll along the riverside or a cruise aboard Sabrina Boat. Guided walking tours are also available.

There are lots of events throughout the year for you to visit, so here are just a few to whet your appetite:

Oswestry & North Shropshire

Oswestry is approx. 29 miles/45 minutes from Broome Farm.

Some say this is the quietest part of Shropshire and it's easy to see why - with a landscape of meres and mosses, full of wildlife, and miles and miles of canals weaving their way through unspoilt countryside. They also take in the newest World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte. Visit the market towns of Oswestry, Ellesmere, Wem, Whitchurch and Market Drayton during your stay at Broome Farm.

For more places to see and things to do, visit www.shropshiretourism.co.uk