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Local Directory > What to See > Local Towns & Villages

Shropshire a living and working landscape. Centuries of small scale farming has shaped the countryside and its communities. Church Stretton itself is a bustling market town which holds regular markets and includes many independent shops to browse and tea shops to enjoy. You’ll also find good country pubs serving great food and ale in the
surrounding picturesque villages.

Shropshire's market towns are all worth more than just a visit and we have highlighted a few of the closer ones here. Each one different and unique, are on the doorstep of Church Stretton.

Any distances shown are approximate miles from Church Stretton Town Centre.

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Bishops Castle (11 miles)


Bishop's Castle is synonymous with the Three Tuns brewery; this quaint town has some architectural gems including a 21st century eco village. It also puts on a superb array of festivals throughout the year.

Contact: Jane Carroll   

Bridgnorth (20 miles)


Bridgnorth is a town of two levels, with a cliff railway joining Low Town to High Town. It is also the home of the well known Severn Valley Railway. The town has a broad central street which retains its original market hall and is full of individual shops as well as household names.  The River Severn, which separates high and low town, offers plenty of great walks along its banks. Bridgnorth also has the remains of an ancient castle.


Clun (17 miles)


Clun is a Norman town which has a small 'village' feel - although it is officially a town with a super little castle.  The river Clun trickles gently under a medieval packhorse bridge right in the centre of town, which also provides shelter for a diverse resident collection of unusual ducks. According to the poet A.E.Housman, Clun is "the Quietest place under the sun"...


Craven Arms (8 miles)


Craven Arms is home to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the Land of Lost Content, the Museum of British Popular Culture, Stokesay Castle and for the children, Micky Miller's play barn and maize.


Ludlow (16 miles)


Ludlow, according to some, 'the loveliest market town in England', and others 'the historic and gastronomic capital of the Marches.  'Its imposing Castle is the backdrop to a town full of architectural gems. It offers markets on most days, the River Teme and the Bread Walk, and the Mortimer Forest just above Whitcliffe Common on the edge of the town. In fact, you could easily spend a whole day sampling the delights of this historic town. The Arts and Food Festivals each summer are growing in national popularity.  Take the train into Ludlow in less than 15 mins from Church Stretton.


Much Wenlock (13 miles)


Much Wenlock boasts a distinguished history in connection to the modern Olympic Games. Take a walk up the quaint streets to find the ancient priory, a magnificent church and more unique shops. There are lots of wonderful walks on the geologically famous Wenlock Edge.


Shrewsbury (13 miles)


Shrewsbury, Shropshire's county town, is historically fascinating and architecturally magnificent with its Tudor buildings and Percy Thrower designed Dingle. The River Severn meanders its way round the town, with the castle in the plug. Its most recent addition is the Theatre Severn - which offers a superb array of entertaining arts. It has the Cadfael famous Abbey and is the birthplace of Charles Darwin. It is a shopping Mecca and the centre for much of the mid Wales hinterland.


Telford and Ironbridge (18 miles)


Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site nestled in the Ironbridge Gorge. Home to the Industrial revolution and Abraham Darby's Iron Bridge - it now has a magnificent, £12 million new development at Blists Hill Victorian Town, which includes a landmark Visitor Centre and a new street of Victorian shops.

Telford is a must for anyone interested in industrial archaeology.