Further Afield

If you're interested in touring the borders more extensively, the county towns of Shrewsbury (Darwin's birthplace) and Hereford (Cathedral and Mappa Mundi) are both just under an hour away.

The Welsh Borders has a rich and turbulent history so there are countless castles and hill forts to explore. Follow the 'Black and White Village Trail' - with convenient stop at local cider makers, Dunkertons. Leominster Is great for antiques. Or take in the local landmarks such as The Long Mynd and The Stiperstones (near Craven Arms), Hergest Ridge (near Kington), and Clee Hill (Ludlow) - all good walks with great views over the rolling Marches landscape, and ideal for a picnic (hamper, plates and cutlery for 10 in the kitchen).

Ironbridge (birthplace of the industrial revolution) is a World Heritage site and a good day out, and the adjacent Blist's Hill museum is a 'living history' recreation of a Victorian town - great fun! The sandy beaches and castles of the Welsh coast are also within easy reach, if you fancy a day at the seaside.