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Holidays in Whitchurch

One of England’s oldest settlements

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Wye River on the Wye Valley border

Whitchurch is a bustling village in Shropshire, a few miles to the north east of the town of Monmouth just across the border with Wales. It lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is wonderfully picturesque, with rolling hills and open fields, woods and river valleys, and a varied landscape rich in geology and wildlife.

Whitchurch is home to a few unusual visitor attractions such as the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, a splendid family-friendly attraction.

Whitchurch is one of the oldest settlements in the UK, dating back to pre-Roman times and is even situated on the ancient Roman highway of Watling Street. Some Roman artefacts have been unearthed and are now on display at the Whitchurch Civic Centre.

Situated 20 miles from Shrewsbury, Chester and Wrexham it is connected to the wider area by ‘A’ roads, train and canal.

The Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle routes pass through Whitchurch too so look out for any rallies that may be happening.

Moreton Corbet Castle

The town also offers a wealth of independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Whitchurch is close to several walking trails including a towpath along the Llangollen Canal that leads to the Grindley Brook Staircase Lock.

If historical stately homes and gardens are your idea of a great day out there are plenty within a 20-mile radius of Whitchurch. You could easily spend a full week visiting: Hawkstone Historic Park, Dorothy Clive Garden, Hodnet Hall, Mucklestone Nurseries and Woodland Gardens, and that’s just the ones not further away than Market Drayton and Oswestry.

"Whitchurch is situated on the ancient Roman highway, Watling Street..."

Another big draw is Moreton Corbet Castle, said to be an incomplete project abandoned half-way through because of a haunting and a Puritan-era curse. Several attempts to complete the task have ended in failure.

Between 1698 and 1886, 45 clock makers were based in Whitchurch. One of the most famous tower clock makers in the world, J.B. Joyce is still in business and maintains its reputation. One of J.B. Joyce’s clocks can be seen at the Customs House in Shanghai, China, and St Akmund’s Church in the Bullring, Birmingham.

For a day trip why not travel to Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution? Here you can find lots of examples of 18th century factories and machinery to understand the scale of invention the area is associated with.

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

While you’re there

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

Love colourful wildlife? Then the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is for you.

Moreton Corbet Castle

The ruins of this stately home come with a bag of stories from its potted history.

Ironbridge Gorge

There are ten amazing visitor attractions in this important World Heritage Site.

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