Welsh Borders Steam & Cruise Coach Holiday
Shrewsbury is full of higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud. 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.
Travel to Shrewsbury with a comfort stop in Nottingham, Start your Robin Hood trail at the castle with its towers, gatehouses and ducal mansion housing historic stoneware and alabaster carvings. Or visit the shopping centres which bustle obliviously above the city's network of sandstone caves, carved out in the Dark Ages. We should arrive at the hotel with time to relax and unwind before your evening meal.
We travel just down the road to Victoria Quay to meet The Sabrina for a cruise on the River Severn, sit back and relax whilst you enjoy tea and biscuits on board, the rest of the day has been set aside to enjoy Shrewsbury, Set amidst glorious countryside near the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest medieval market towns. The town centre is packed with timber-framed black & white buildings and boasts over 660 listed buildings including the Castle and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey. Part of the town's medieval street plan still exists today featuring Shrewsbury's Shuts and Passages - a unique maze of narrow alleys and cobbled streets which criss-cross the town centre. Shrewsbury is fortunate to have its own beautiful, 23-acre parkland known as The Quarry. A tree-lined towpath follows the river through the park making the Quarry a perfect place to relax, enjoy walks, picnic, or to let off steam. At its centre lies the Dingle, a formal floral masterpiece created by world-renowned gardener Percy Thrower.
Today your driver will take you on a tour of the Shropshire Hills, calling in at Church Stretton, Church Stretton is an historic Market Town situated in the heart of the South Shropshire hills on the English/Welsh border known as The Marches. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then on to Bishops Castle, As you stroll around the medieval town centre you'll find it has its own unique mix of architecture. Collectors and shoppers in search of the unusual are drawn to Bishop's Castle by a collection of arts, crafts and independent shops. Its past is celebrated by two museums, one of local history and one about the Bishop's Castle railway.
After breakfast we visit Llangollen for a morning cruise on Llangollen Wharf, As with so many ancient Welsh towns, it takes its name from its founding Saint; Collen, a seventh century saint. Llangollen, was established in the 7th Century when The monk St. Collen was instructed to find a valley by riding a horse for one day and then stop and mark out a "parish" a place to build his hermitage or cell in the custom of the times, with tiny church, hospice and outhouses all enclosed within a wall. This afternoon a trip on the Llangollen Steam Railway to Corwen, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
We depart the hotel for our return journey to Lincolnshire, with comfort stops enroute.
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