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Escape to Ellesmere

Shropshire was named recently in ABTA’s top ten Destinations to Watch 2024, and has plenty to offer holiday makers and day-trippers – and the Northern part of the county is no exception.

Ellesmere, one of the jewels of north Shropshire, has been captivating visitors for generations with its picturesque meres, sweeping countryside and boundless opportunities for outdoor activities…

The Mere
The town itself sits on the banks of the ‘The Mere’ - the largest of the nine meres and mosses to be found in this unique landscape. It was created by the retreating ice age and subsequent melt water some 10,000 years ago, and it covers over 48 hectares. Throughout history, the meres have been a popular destination for leisure and recreation. In the Victorian era, the development of the railway made Ellesmere and its meres accessible to tourists from across the country. Visitors to the area to enjoy boating, fishing, and picnicking by the water's edge.
It has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag to recognise it being one of the best green spaces in the country, which makes it the perfect spot for a boat ride, leisurely stroll, or watching the world go by with a coffee.
Adventure Awaits
Beyond the tranquil meres lies a countryside waiting to be explored. Lace up your walking boots and set out on an adventure along the myriad of scenic trails that wind their way through this unspoilt landscape, right on the border between England and Wales. The nearby Fenns, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve is part of Britain’s third largest lowland raised bog Site of Special Scientific Interest. Take a stroll along The Llangollen Canal, wander through ancient woodlands, across open meadows, and soak in the sights and sounds of nature all around you.
Food and Drink
The area offers a delightful array of eateries that cater to every taste. Begin your gastronomic journey at Dockett Restaurant in Whitchurch, where globally inspired creations and locally sourced ingredients blend seamlessly, in what the Michelin Guide describes as ‘imaginative dishes underpinned by a strong classical base’ . Meze in the heart of Ellesmere offers a delicious taste of Greece, and for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, head to Etzio in Whitchurch. For relaxed lunches and delicious coffee on the mere-side, try The Boathouse.
Indulge in Unique Experiences
The Shropshire Distillery with its gin school has become one of the most popular attractions in the area popular attractions - winning a Trip Advisor Traveller’s Award in 2023. Step into our world of artisan spirits and discover a range of experiences, from gin tastings to cocktail masterclasses and our Friday night gin bar, all with a warm welcome from lead alchemist Emma and the team. We’re also proud to host regular events and pop-ups throughout the year – keep an eye on our Events Page for more details.

A Place to Unwind
After a day of exploring and adventuring, unwind in peace and tranquillity; the area boasts a fantastic range of accommodation options for all tastes and budgets. Relax with a spa stay at the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, indulge your inner adventurer in The Woodland Park lodges and treehouses, or cosy up at a luxury bed & breakfast such as the converted barn at Abbey Green Farm. Whatever your style, you'll find the perfect place to rest and recharge for another day of taking in Shropshire’s beauty.

Visit Shropshire is a fantastic resource for planning your stay, providing a vast directory of quality accommodation, places to eat and things to do in this gem of a county.

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