Reasons to Visit Shrewsbury and Shropshire

If you are looking for a quaint town and county with a mix of the old and the new to visit on your next vacation, why not add Shrewsbury and Shropshire to your bucket list?

Located in western England, the town of Shrewsbury sits inside the River Severn’s loop with half-timbered Tudor buildings and magnificent Georgian houses. Beautiful gardens and narrow winding streets complete the picture.

Here’s a list of sights that you must visit while at Shrewsbury:

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Housing a permanent exhibit of pre-history and roman artefacts, the museum also features temporary exhibitions from local and upcoming artists.

Charles Darwin’s Statue

Did you know that Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury? As a tribute, a statue of Charles Darwin has proudly sat outside his former school since 1897. The school has now been turned into the local library.

Shrewsbury Castle

No matter how quaint, a town in England won’t be complete without its own castle. Visit the castle’s museum for a walk back in time through their collection of uniforms, photographs, and weapons dating from the 1700s to the present.

The Bellstone

It might look just like any other huge granite boulder, but this is actually a remnant from the last Ice Age. It was this boulder that gave Charles Darwin his first introduction into geological science.

Shrewsbury Market Hall

This famed indoor market located just beneath Shrewsbury’s clocktower is a great place to find books, collectibles, clothing, vinyl records, and antiques. As an indoor market, you can also find fresh produce that have been locally farmed.

The market also has a dining area where visitors can take their pick from the wide assortment of dishes available. Local and international dishes are on offer to indulge your craving.

Shropshire is considered to be England’s largest county inland. The landscape remains unspoiled that allows the existence of diverse habitats resulting in a diverse wildlife.

With more than 90 places to visit, just like when you ride a Porsche through Miami, here are our top picks:

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

The Ironbridge Gorge, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the world’s first iron bridge that marked the start of the Industrial Revolution 300 years ago. The Ironbridge Gorge is also home to ten indoor and outdoor museums. Each visitor is taken on a journey from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Victorian era.

Stokesay Castle

The castle is located in the South Shropshire countryside nearing the Welsh border. The Stokesay Castle was built in the 13th century and is to-date the best preserved and finest fortified Manor house in England.

Wroxeter Roman City or Viroconium

Wroxeter was once identified as the fourth largest city during Roman times. Originally designed to be a fortress of the Roman legion, it later became populated by traders and retired soldiers making it a thriving city.

Visitors will be impressed with the second century municipal baths and the huge wall remains that divides the municipal baths from the exercise hall. Archeological finds provide evidence on the last years of Wroxeter as a Roman city.

After reading this post, aren’t you excited to visit Shrewsbury and Shropshire, or do a longer roadtrip from Shropshire to London? Check your calendar for your next vacation time and book your reservation now!

8 Must-Have Travel Accessories for 2018

Every traveler knows that travel accessories are a must if they want to enjoy their travel experience. Having these on-hand wherever you are traveling to also helps keep you somewhat ready for anything unexpected that might happen during your journey.

Travel Pillows

Travel pillows come in all sizes and colors. You have the option of bringing along the inflatable or non-inflatable type.

It helps keep your head from falling into an uncomfortable position while you sleep during your travel. Adult and kid versions are available. Perfect for use even when you are camping outdoors.

Price normally range between $10 and $100 depending on the features.

Travel Towels

Some travelers prefer to bring their own towels even if they are checking into a hotel that provides guests with towels for room use.

Invest in a travel towel that are quick drying yet super absorbent. A good quality travel towel can cost around $25.

Travel Storage Space Saver Bags

If you ever had problems with trying to fit all your clothes into one luggage bag, then consider investing in a storage space saver bag.

It allows you to save on space by compressing the air out of the bag leaving you with more space in your luggage to fill up. You can also use these to save up on storage space inside your cabinets while keeping your clothes dust free. Price begins at $15.

Water Bottle with Pill Organizer

Have your daily vitamin supplements or medicines on hand while traveling. No need to rummage through your bag to locate your pill organizer. Drink straight from the bottle or use the bottle cap as a drinking cup.

The bottle is made from BPA-free materials and available in 5 color options. Price begins at $6.29.

Digital Luggage Scale

You’ve thoroughly enjoyed yourself and bought a lot of mementos to take home, but worried that you might go over the allowed luggage weight? Or are you just heading out for your trip?

Times like these, having a digital luggage scale comes in handy. Choose a digital luggage scale that is compact and lightweight, so you can simply hook it onto your bag or hand-carry luggage. Price begins at $12.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes particularly the compression types are great travel accessories since they allow you to keep your luggage organized with minimum fuss. You can also use them for organizing your stuff at home. Price for packing cubes begins at $9.

Camera Lens for Cell Phones or Tablets

Leave your bulky cameras and videocams at home when traveling. Invest in a good camera lens that you can simply attach to your cell phone or tablet for easy movement.

There are a number of models with different features that you can choose from. Price begins at $10.

Travel Door Alarm

Safety first before anything else even when you are checked into your accommodation of choice. The travel door alarm is pocket sized that you can attach to the door or window. Some models also have built in flashlights.

The travel door alarm price begins at $12.

Have you recently discovered a must-have travel accessory that we overlooked? We’d love to hear about it!

2018 Top Destinations in the UK

Vacation time is coming soon and this time you have UK as your travel destination. With more than a hundred scenic sites to visit, you’ll definitely want to narrow down your itinerary otherwise you might not have enough time to enjoy yourself.

Here are three destinations in the UK that you should consider:

Yorkshire

Nothing spells relaxation than a trip to a beautiful countryside along with its rich heritage. Classified as a World Heritage Site,  Yorkshire has a wealth of history and mystery with its ruins and castles.

Yorkshire also boasts of a number of 5-star restaurants, markets, and farm shops that are sure to satisfy your craving for a gastronomic delight. Add the wonderful drinks to quench the thirst after a whole day of sightseeing and your visit is complete.

Are you a lover of the arts? Yorkshire has a multitude of art galleries, museums, and craft centers to get you inspired while on a holiday.

If you have kids and are stumped on where to take them. Yorkshire has a number of places that you can visit with the kids that are guaranteed to keep them entertained.

Devon

Looking forward to visiting a place that offers magnificent beaches, scenic national parks, and a chance to enjoy some outdoor activities? Then Devon is the place you’ll want to visit.

The north coastline of Devon offers visitors a chance to learn surfing while the south coastline is perfect for canoeing. The Devon inland also has much to offer including some wonderful historical sites and art galleries. There are a number of outdoor activities that the entire family can participate in.

Sample and purchase a wide array of sumptuous food and drinks at the local farmers’ markets. They offer visitors a chance to get a taste of true Devon food staples such as seafood, lamb, pork, and venison. Artisanal cheese, ice cream, and drinks are also available.

Devon also has the tight budget traveler in mind. Their tourist information website even has a page dedicated for such budget-friendly inspirations.

Norfolk

If visiting a picturesque countryside with historic sites such as castle ruins and medieval churches are more your style, then Norfolk is just the destination for you.

Satisfy the explorer in you by visiting Blakeney Point, the Cromer Forest Bed Formation, the Cromer Ridge, Flint, the Great Chalk Reef, the River Wensum, and The Brecks to see why they are considered as the 7 natural wonders of Norfolk.

Found yourself craving for some time on the beach? Not to worry! Norfolk has a wonderful seaside for you to indulge in. Depending on which beachfront you’ll be visiting, you can choose from a wide array of beach activities (not to mention all the fresh catch of the day that you can eat!).

Shop and have fun at the local farmers’ markets that features artisanal products that you can enjoy on site or keep as a memento of your Norfolk trip.

Admittedly, there are more places to visit in the UK but these three would be our choices for 2018 top destinations. If you have recently visited a place in the UK that you think should be in the list, let us know!