Shropshire Hills Discovery Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 31 and September 6
Start: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
End: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
Shropshire Hills Discovery Tour: 7 nights based at Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

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.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Staying in a country house in the heart of the Shropshire Hills AONB
  • 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

Pick Up Location & TIme

Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Longmynd House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Church Stretton)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £15 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations

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.

On each Discovery day, you will be walking roughly 3-5 miles (5-8km) throughout the course of the day as you explore the venues and locations we visit. You’ll also be hopping on and off the coach throughout – you should expect to spend the majority of the day on your feet. Most of this walking will be at attractions but some may be across country tracks or footpaths so be sure to bring sturdy shoes. There will also be stairs to climb in the majority of the venues you visit, though other more accessible options may be available. At some venues, there may also be uneven surfaces, such as cobbles or rocky paths.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards where you’ll have a complimentary cream tea to tuck in to. (D, T)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 2Shropshire Hills

Today, we’ll get to know the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the way in which its unique geology has created a wide variety of landscapes. We visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, explore the picturesque towns of Clun and Bishop’s Castle, and discover social history at The Bog Centre. We finish our day with views of the surrounding countryside at the mystical Stiperstones. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 3Ironbridge & Much Wenlock

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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 5Shrewsbury & Wroxeter

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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 6Herefordshire

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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 7Welsh Borders

‘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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: May 31 $2,870 $3,150
2024: September 6 $2,870 $3,150

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £15 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

By Rail:
The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended.

By Taxi:
It is possible to pre-book a taxi. The journey from Church Stretton railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Alan’s Cab. As a guide price, it cost £17 per 4-seat taxi in 2019. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Alan’s Cab*
Tel: +44 (0) 7970 683126
Email: alanbrough207@btinternet.com
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd HouseManager.
*Alan’s Cab is not owned or managed by us. 

NOTE: All taxi companies in Church Stretton are booked for school runs between 2pm and 4:30pm.

By Car:
Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

Hotel Descriptions
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Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of ‘Classic’ and ‘Premium’ Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

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.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

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