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Holidays in Wem

An ancient market town with a relaxed pace of life

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Set in the North Shropshire countryside, Wem is a quaint little town with a long history. Recorded in the Domesday book, attacked during the English Civil War and home of the commercially cultivated sweet pea, this unassuming town has a very interesting past.

Those who enjoy a beer or two may be interested to know that brewing was undertaken in Wem as early as 1700 and to this day there are plenty of traditional pubs where you can sit back with a pint. Try The Tilley Raven or the Castle Hotel for a welcoming pub atmosphere, or head to The Drayton Gate for a sophisticated setting in which to sip cocktails.

Wem’s pretty Georgian buildings and happy inhabitants give it a welcoming feel, the perfect place for a relaxing break away from the hubbub of everyday life. Little shops cater for different tastes, from the Soulbird Gallery selling one off pieces by local artists, to The Treacle Mine, a good old fashioned sweet shop with delicious treats for all.

Beautiful Shropshire countryside

Housed within an old redbrick building, The Wem Mythstories Museum has a program of storytelling events and a host of intriguing exhibits from puppets and automata to paintings and books.

With gardening stalls, demonstrations and crafts to keep you entertained, alongside over 70 classes of sweet pea up for judging, it’s not surprising that it attracts visitors from across the country and beyond.

The second notable event for your diary is Wem Carnival, with a vibrant parade including music, dancing, floats and fancy dress from cheerful local organisations, come rain or shine!

"Coincide your visit to the town with the celebrated annual Sweet Pea Festival."

Close to Wem there are lots of great activities and days out that you won’t want to miss. Hawkstone Park Follies is one such place, its Red Castle and incredible Grotto Hill can be explored by visitors, who can also make the most of the 100 acres of historic parkland with pathways, ravines, arches, bridges, sheer cliffs and follies making for an interesting visit.

Not far from Wem you’ll also find Whittington Castle and Moreton Corbet Castle, both romantic ruins with fascinating pasts.

A little further afield, just over the border into Wales is Ty Mawr Country Park, a wonderful family day out where donkeys, pigs, goats and chickens will welcome you in a beautiful setting beneath the arches of the Cefn Viaduct. You can walk from here to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which offers dizzying views of the surrounding countryside. A 25 minute drive south of Wem will take you to the characterful market town of Shrewsbury.

While you’re there

Hawkstone Park Follies

An historic woodland with interest and intrigue around every corner

The Moatshed

A unique cafe in glorious, peaceful green surroundings

Mythstories Museum

Discover fascinating myths, legends and stories in this intriguing museum

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