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Located in the Shropshire Hills, an AONB close to the Welsh Border

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Nearby Shrewsbury

Pontesbury is a pretty village in Shropshire, eight miles from the county town of Shrewsbury. This rural village is home to some of Britain’s greatest archaeological finds like an Iron Age farmer’s building ramparts to the Romans who named the village.

Ideally situated at the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty of wonderful landscape to wander, with a pub or two situated at the end of your walk. Pontesbury is one of the largest villages in Shropshire and so is host to a wide range of local services including independent local shops selling local produce as well as a few pubs.

The village has a long mining history supplying local industry with coal, lead, iron and stone. Although the railway tracks are no longer there, the route that it took can still be walked, where some stations and sidings remain.

Ironbridge Gorge

Nearby Poles Coppice, around half-a-mile south of the village, contains two former quarries and is now a countryside recreation area.

Nearby is Earls Hill, which is the site of an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 B.C. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It also became Shropshire Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve in 1964.

Beyond Pontesbury are Bridgnorth, Telford and Shrewsbury, all contrasting towns that show how diverse the county of Shropshire is. Bridgnorth has been described as one of the most beautiful towns in the country by no less than King Charles I and the poet John Betjeman. It has the ruins of an old castle with a number of lovely gardens through the town.

"Pontesbury has a long mining history, supplying coal, lead, iron and stone..."

Telford is a new town with a brilliant mixture of shops, it’s also next door to the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge Gorge – which is essentially a gigantic open-air museum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must to visit.

Shrewsbury is more of a traditional city and boasts an impressive 660 listed buildings. Be sure to include visits to the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury Castle for a bit of culture and local history.

We have some lovely holiday cottages in and around Pontesbury. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Earls Hill

Climb to see the earthworks of an Iron Age hillfort built around 600BC.


One of England’s prettiest towns and its best kept secret. Every corner reveals a wonder.

Ironbridge Gorge

This village was made a UNESCO World Heritage site because it is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

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