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Holidays in Market Drayton

A town with one of the busiest street markets, dominated by a dramatic skyline

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Not just a market town!

Nestled on the banks of the River Teme is Market Drayton, the home of gingerbread and damson gin.

Market Drayton is surrounded by the rugged countryside of North Shropshire and lies between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent. It has a thriving Wednesday market, which was given a charter by King Henry III in 1245 and has been running ever since. The market is one of the town’s most popular attractions, where you can pick up everything from antiques to delicious, local food from the region’s best producers. Market Drayton is known for its beautiful historical buildings.

On a steep slope known as Phoenix Bank sits a magnificent 14th century church, while the town centre is lined with timbre and red brick houses and stores. Don’t miss the Buttercross, in the town centre, a stone portico which dates back to the 1800s. The countryside surrounding Market Drayton is scattered with historical sites and gardens. A short distance from the town are the gardens of Wollerton Old Hall and the meandering Shropshire Union Canal.

Market town centre

There’s much more to do in Market Drayton besides perusing its many market stalls. Check out the award-winning Festival Drayton Centre for live shows, films and exhibitions. Don’t forget to pick up some gingerbread, which has been baked in Market Drayton for centuries. Just don’t ask for the recipe, which is kept a closely guarded secret by its producers. The Market Drayton tradition is to dip your gingerbread in port before you eat it. Another local delicacy not to missed is damson gin, made from the trees which surround the town. If you’re after a great family day out, look no further than Woodseaves Miniature Railway, which runs around a plant nursery. There are two engines, Sydney and Jean, which have room for up to 12 passengers.

“Nestled on the banks of the River Teme is Market Drayton, the home of gingerbread and damson gin.”

Market Drayton is a great place to be if you love food. Not only does the town produce its own specialities, including gingerbread and damson gin, but there’s a variety of excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy some of the best food to be found in North Shropshire. For traditional cask ales and excellent food, much of which is cooked from local produce, visit the Hind’s Head, a couple of miles from Market Drayton, in the pretty village of Norton-in-Hales. For waffles, crepes and good coffee, head to the Little Country Kitchen, which has been a favourite among locals for years. Alternatively, try the Hungersheath Farm Shop and Tearoom for fresh fruit and vegetables, or a steaming pot of tea with a slice of homemade cake.

While you’re there

Joule’s Pub

Stop for a pint in this traditional pub or time your trip to view the Rock and Bowl Music Festival.

Dorothy Clive Garden

Admire seasonal flowers, experience luscious cream teas and relax in the sun at Dorothy Clive Garden.

Market Drayton Local Market

Shop for local fare at Market Drayton’s Wednesday and Saturday market.

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