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The Joys of the Shires

Daily Itineraries
Participant flexibility will be much appreciated, dependent on weather, restaurants closing, and other such factors!
(All activities are optional)

Ironbridge & Blists Hill Victorian Village

Arrival  -  Monday, May 13th

Hotel Check-In - After 1:00 pm

Early Welcome Dinner at 6:00 pm - Coleham Tap - easy 5 minute walk from our hotel. 

Perhaps an early night for those newly arrived, there are many local pubs for those not so tired.


Day 1 - Tuesday, May 14th

9:00 am -  Breakfast

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  - A leisurely walk around the River Severn and Quarry Park

Optional Scenic Walk through Doctors Fields - where Charles Darwin played as a child (his birthplace is Shrewsbury).

12:00  - 1:00 pm - Lunch locally

1:00 - 4:00 pm - A wander through the lovely, historic Shrewsbury Town centre, with a visit to the lovely local Museum and extensive Antique Centre

Free time until dinner

6:00 pm - Dinner at  The Peach Tree


Day 2 - Wednesday, May 15th 

9:00 am - Breakfast

Leave at 10:00 am -  Ironbridge 

12:00 pm - Lunch 

Afternoon -  Blists Hill Victorian Village 

Back to Shrewsbury

7:00 pm - Dinner Casa Naranjo

Day 3 - Thursday, May 16th

8:30 am - Breakfast

9:30am  - Departure

Day trip to Hay-on -Wye (Wales) An hour and a half scenic drive each way.

A unique and charming town, famous for having  more book shops than any other place in the world.

Thursday is their Market Day we will be able to browse and then eat lunch at one of the many great food stands

We plan to be back late afternoon.

7:30 pm - Dinner at Cote Brasserie 


Day 4 - Friday, May 17th

9:00 am - Breakfast

A Day Trip to the charming Welsh Sea-side, Aberdovey. A gorgeous little village with a long sandy beach for walking. Great seafront fish and chip shop, ice cream parlour, and local pubs. A lovely 1hr and 45 minute direct scenic train trip through Wales.


A Day To Do Absolutely Nothing At All.

7:00 pm - Dinner The Golden Cross Hotel 


Day 5 - Saturday, May 18th

9:00 am - Breakfast

Free Morning 

Join us midday as we explore the many Charity Shops (vintage and secondhand) in Shrewsbury

6:00 pm - Picnic by the River Severn


Day 6  - Sunday, May 19th

9:00 am - Breakfast

A morning to relax

Leave late morning  

12:30 pm - Traditional Pub lunch at  Stiperstones Inn

Afternoon - Stiperstones visit, drive back over the Long Mynd, and a visit to Mitchell’s Fold stone circle

Back to Shrewsbury

7:00 pm - Dinner will be flexible - as we will have had a large (delicious) Sunday Lunch!

Day 7 - Monday, May 20th

9:00 am - Breakfast

10:00 am - Optional hike to Haughmond Hill. A lovely leisurely walk along the river and up a (not too steep hill) with gorgeous views of Shropshire all around. Those who don't want to tackle the hill itself can catch a taxi to close to the top - or wait in a lovely pub close by!

7:00 pm - Dinner at Thai-D

Day 8 - Tuesday, May 21st

9:00 am - Breakfast

Day trip to Montgomeryshire, Wales 

Back to Shrewsbury late afternoon

7:00 pm - Dinner at  "To Be Decided Later" - we are waiting to hear on some new places opening! 


Day 9 -  Wednesday, May 22nd

9:00 am - Breakfast

10:00 am - Full day excursion:

Stokesay Castle 

Lunch in Ludlow

Shop at the 900-year old outdoor Ludlow Market  /optional visit to  Ludlow Castle  and St Laurence's Church

4:00 pm -  Afternoon tea!

7:00 pm - Dinner at  The Armoury 


Day 10 - Thursday, May 23rd

9:00 am -  Breakfast

Last minute Shopping.

 Mailings, if required

Lunch and Browsing in Shrewsbury's Market Hall

Free time until our farewell dinner. 

6:00 pm - Dinner at La Lanterna 


Departure - Friday, May 24th 

 Check Out 11:00 am


$3,650 per person - single occupancy

$2,950 per person - shared occupancy


Included in price:

11 nights private hotel room

11 breakfasts,  1 picnic 

Transportation & entrance fees to all inclusive excursions

NOT included in price:

Transportation to and from The Abbots Mead at arrival/departure 



Our hotel is centrally located and all local restaurants are within reasonable walking distance. There are some hills. If you wish to take an Uber/taxi, you will assume this cost yourself.

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