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7 Night Shropshire Hills Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery tours
from £1,349pp £1,249pp

Explore the borderlands between England and Wales with a 7-night Shropshire Hills Discovery Tour. You’ll get a glimpse of what life was like in Roman Britain with a trip to Wroxeter and cross the border into Wales for a journey aboard the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. Other highlights include the medieval town of Ludlow, two castles (13th century Stokesay and Powis), and UNESCO-listed Ironbridge – cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

What you’ll love

  • Visiting the home of the modern Olympics at Much Wenlock
  • Learning about Roman Britain in Wroxeter
  • Exploring historic Shrewsbury
  • Riding the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
  • Visiting the mighty Powis Castle and 13th century Stokesay
  • Spending time in medieval Ludlow

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house 
  • Cream tea on arrival day 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches 
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee 
  • Guided sightseeing with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from sites of interest  
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently 

    Please note - Entrance fees are not included. See Essential Info tab for details.

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Today, we'll learn about the Shropshire Hills (formerly AONB) and the way in which its unique geology has created a wide variety of landscapes. We'll visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, explore the picturesque towns of Clun and Bishop’s Castle, and finish our day soaking up the views of the surrounding countryside at the mystical Stiperstones.


The World Heritage Site of Ironbridge is often called the ‘Cradle of the Industrial Revolution’. Here we can discover how iron was produced, technology advanced and how the Victorians lived. The area offers ten different museums and attractions to visit, so there is plenty of choice! We’ll also visit Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympic movement, where we can explore the Olympic Trail, or just enjoy the town’s beauty.


Discover more about Longmynd House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


A morning to enjoy the sights of Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s county town and the ‘Original One-off’. Will you choose to take a river cruise, or follow in the footsteps of Percy Thrower, Charles Darwin or Brother Cadfael? Later today, we step back further in time to explore the fascinating remains of Viriconium (Wroxeter), once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, and the reconstructed town house which gives a sense of domestic Roman life.


Architecture and medieval history are today’s themes: Ludlow has an imposing 11th-century castle and many listed buildings, including those in Broad Street, considered one of the finest streets in Britain. There will be plenty of time to explore historic Ludlow before we visit the spectacular medieval manor house of Stokesay Castle this afternoon. The Great Hall has remained unchanged for 700 years and offers great views from its gable windows, and its fortified North Tower looks like something out of a fairy tale.


'Border country' might bring to mind power struggles but there is much more than historic bloodshed! On the final day our holiday, we spend time in Montgomery, a charming historic border town, take a ride on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, with one of the steepest gradients of all the Great Little Trains, and spend time discovering Powis Castle, home to the Clive Museum and some spectacular gardens.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Longmynd House

For rural calm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the location of this characterful country house is hard to top. Set in a wooded hillside just a short stroll from the market town of Church Stretton (nicknamed Little Switzerland for its picturesque landscape), you’ll be within walking or driving distance of the Stiperstones, Caer Caradoc, Ironbridge Valley of Invention, and the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. And then, of course, there’s the Long Mynd itself – an area of registered common land that has been cared for by a group of farmers (the self-named commoners) who have grazed sheep and ponies here for generations.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Longmynd House has 51 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Room 16 for its four-poster bed, separate seating area, and lovely views. Room 44 has a small balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. For more privacy, the lodges have their own terrace. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

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Getting to Longmynd House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Longmynd House
Cunnery Road
Church Stretton
Shropshire SY6 6AG

Tel: +44 (0)1694 722244

By train

The nearest station is Church Stretton.  Although Longmynd House is less than a mile from the station, it is at the top of a steep hill and there is no taxi rank at the station. Taxis are in extremely limited supply in the Church Stretton area and drivers usually come from further afield which is reflected in fares.

Shrewsbury has more choice of trains, and you can take a taxi directly to the house from the station (see below).    

Check National Rail for train times and routes.

By taxi

From Shrewsbury, it’s a 15-mile journey taking 30 to 40 minutes.

For pricing, please contact Me2You Cars directly.

Me2You Cars
You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended Shrewsbury based company, Me2You Cars*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting:

Tel: +44 (0)1743 537644 or 07791 670110
Email: danielle@me2youcars.com

*Me2You Cars is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By car

There’s free car parking at Longmynd House if you decide to drive. 

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off into town, then at the first junction turn left onto the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up the steep hill to Longmynd House.

By air

The nearest airport is Manchester International Airport. 

Trains take about two hours, with a change in Crewe. 

You can also fly into London Heathrow airport, but it’ll take at least 4 hours to reach Shrewsbury by train.

National Rail has up-to-date routes and train times.

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.  

Essentials 

  • Suitable, sturdy footwear with a good grip. You’ll be on your feet for much of the day
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers 
  • Sunhat
  • Rucksack 
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity) 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Mobile phone
  • UV sunglasses 

Recommended 

  • First aid kit, including plasters
  • Sit mat  
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables 
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace) 
  • Wallet/purse 

Optional extras

  • Walking poles,
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box 
  • Waterproof rucksack liner 

Please note

Admission fees are payable locally and aren’t included in your holiday price, apart from what is stated in the what’s included section. This gives you greater choice, freedom, and flexibility to only pay the entrance fees for the attractions that interest you most. Should you choose to visit all the highlighted attractions during your holiday please see the table below for the approximate totals. If you have National Trust (NT)or English Heritage (EH) membership, please be sure to bring your membership identification with you.

Approx. cost of entrance fees

3 night holiday

4 night holiday

7 night holiday

EH & NT members

£42

£24

£66

NT members

£42

£46

£88

EH members

£42

£41

£83

No memberships

£42

£62

£104

Longmynd House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Jill Durnford

A big fan of Britain’s history, geology and wildlife, Jill is an HF Holidays Leader and certified Blue Badge Tour Guide who likes to share her passion with others. She’s lived in southeast England, the West Country, Scotland, Cumbria, and now find herself in the Welsh borders.  A real people person, Jill loves showing guests around the stately homes and gardens she’s most fond of and introducing them to Shropshire’s hidden gems.

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


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31 May - 07 Jun 2024

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