Where do I start, there really is so much to see & do just a short distance away from Sambrook Manor holiday cottages. Fishing, horse riding & golf are all available close by as well as countryside walks and cycle rides which can be enjoyed from the door step.
Sambrook its self is lovely village to have a stroll around, if you go down to the old mill the ducks & swans on the mill pool love being thrown a bit of bread. The Three Horse shoes public house is within walking distance of the cottage and serves real ales and delicious home cooked food all at very reasonable prices.
Here are just a few of my favourite places to visit in the area:
A great day out if you love to explore, at Hawkstone Park you will find an array of wonderful follies built over 200 years ago and set in a fantastic landscape of crags, caves, cliffs and woodland. I love the caves & tunnels which lead to the grotto where you will need a torch. Take a picnic to make a day of it or visit the tea room. There is a free car park but push chair and wheel chair access is limited due to the natural terrain of the area.
A world heritage site with 10 museums to visit all of which are 'hands on' and great for the children. This is where the industrial revolution started, to get a real feel of what life was like then, visit Blist Hill Victorian town where you can visit the bank to exchange some pounds into shillings and pence, explore a Victorian pharmacy, post office, candle maker or see inside some of the cottages, all the staff are dressed up and you can even take part in a Victorian school lesson. Enginuity is another one of the ten museums which is a great family day out, it is full of hands on and interactive exhibits to interest children and adults. Other museums include Coalport china museum, Broseley pipe works, Tar Tunnel, museum of the Gorge, Coalbrookdale museum of Iron, Darby houses, Jackfield Tile museum and not forgetting The world famous Ironbridge.
The birth place of Charles Darwin, a beautiful town with lots of historical places to visit as well as lots of independent shops, cafes & restaurants. Explore the Narrow streets and Tudor buildings, visit the Castle or Abbey two of Shrewsbury's oldest landmarks or take a boat trip down the river Severn. Relax with a picnic in the quarry where you can walk along the River Severn or visit the formal gardens created by Percy Thrower.
An award winning museum where you can see the world's oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln bomber as well as the national cold war exhibition. There is also a fun 'n' flight interactive section, simulator rides and over 70 aircraft on display. Free admission & restaurant on site, numerous events throughout the year.
A lovely journey back in time on a steam locomotive through fabulous countryside. This heritage railway runs between Kidderminster in Worcestershire & Bridgnorth in Shropshire approx 16 miles. Stop off at the engine house an exciting visitor & education centre, gift shop, restaurant and also home to the reserve collection of steam locomotives. Numerous special events are held throughout the year.
A great day out with stunning Italian gardens, Adventure play area, lake with boat rides, mini train ride and a barefoot walk. Take a picnic and relax in the deck chairs laid out by the playgrounds & sand pits while the kids enjoy themselves. There is a shopping village & garden centre at the entrance to the gardens and also a monkey forest nearby where you can get close up to the monkeys.
Or the world capital of ceramics, where you can visit many famous pottery factories including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Moorcroft & Emma Bridgewater. Go on a factory tour or have a go at making and painting your own special piece of pottery. Take a trip back in time and visit Gladstone pottery museum the only complete Victorian pottery factory with original workshops & huge bottle ovens.
Not forgetting the many National Trust properties, forestry commission and English Heritage sites to visit, for pre-school children a visit to Telford town park, Wonderland or Hoo farm are not to be missed.
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