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Shropshire is a county in the west midlands of England, bordering Wales to the west and Cheshire to the north. It also borders Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.  The county has a total area of 1,346 square miles and an approximate population of 500,000 people.

There are five main towns in Shropshire: Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ludlow.

Shropshire is well known for being one of the most peaceful and relaxing areas in England. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers a quarter of the county. Offa’s Dyke Path is one of England’s National Trails and attracts visitors from all over the world.

The River Severn (Britain’s longest river) runs through Shropshire.

Shropshire Gardens boasts 20 national collections including roses, aralias and tulips.

Shropshire’s historical sites include Stokesay Castle, which dates back to 1281, the castle features two towers, a great banqueting hall and many medieval furnishes. Another popular historical site is Haughmond Abbey which was founded in 1135. Also notable are Clun Castle and Ludlow Castle.

Famous residents from Shropshire include actress Hermione Baddeley, who grew up in Broseley and starred in many films including Mary Poppins, Maude and A Christmas Carol. Others include Charles Darwin (naturalist), Paul Blackthorne (actor), Jesse Armstrong (writer) and Peter Jones (actor).


Towns in Shropshire

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