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Top Ten Dog Friendly Pubs

By Advice, Dogs, Things to do

1. The Boathouse, Ellesmere


Ellesmere, SY12 0PA


Situated right by the stunning Ellesmere Lake, The Boathouse is a picturesque spot to relax after a walk around the mere. The pub offers a dog-friendly section where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the beautiful views.

2. The White Hart, Ellesmere


Wharf Road, Ellesmere, SY12 0EJ


A classic pub with a cozy atmosphere, The White Hart welcomes dogs in the bar area. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a pint of local ale and some hearty pub food.

3. The Dog and Bull, Coton


Coton, SY12 0JR (Approx. 3 miles from Ellesmere)


This charming countryside pub lives up to its name by being exceptionally dog-friendly. With spacious outdoor seating and a welcoming indoor area for dogs, it’s a great spot for a meal or a drink.

4. The Sun Inn, Welshampton


Welshampton, SY12 0PH (Approx. 4 miles from Ellesmere)


A traditional village pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and there’s a lovely garden for them to explore while you enjoy your visit.

5. The Royal Oak, Bangor-on-Dee


High Street, Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham LL13 0BU (Approx. 11 miles from Ellesmere)


Known for its delicious food and welcoming atmosphere, The Royal Oak allows dogs in the bar and garden areas. It’s a great stop after exploring the scenic surroundings of Bangor-on-Dee.

6. The Hand Hotel, Chirk


Church Street, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5EY (Approx. 12 miles from Ellesmere)


This historic hotel and pub offers a dog-friendly environment in the bar area. With its characterful setting and great selection of food and drink, it’s a fantastic place to visit with your pet.

7. The Navigation Inn, Maesbury Marsh


Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry, SY10 8JB (Approx. 12 miles from Ellesmere)


Set along the Montgomery Canal, The Navigation Inn is a delightful dog-friendly pub. Dogs are welcome in the bar and outdoor seating areas, making it a perfect stop during a canal-side walk.

8. The Plough Inn, Oswestry


Coed y Go, Oswestry, SY10 9HL (Approx. 14 miles from Ellesmere)


A lovely country pub with a friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcome in the bar and outdoor seating areas, where you can enjoy a drink and a meal after exploring the local countryside.

9. The Dickin Arms, Loppington


Loppington, Shrewsbury, SY4 5SR (Approx. 6 miles from Ellesmere)


This charming village pub offers a dog-friendly environment in the bar area and garden. Enjoy traditional pub fare and a welcoming atmosphere in this scenic spot.

10. The New Inn, Baschurch


Baschurch, Shrewsbury, SY4 2AY (Approx. 11 miles from Ellesmere)


A popular pub with locals and visitors alike, The New Inn allows dogs in the bar and outdoor seating areas. It’s a great place to relax with your pet after a day of exploring.

Shropshire’s friendly pubs and beautiful landscapes make it a fantastic destination for you and your dog. Enjoy your time in Ellesmere and make the most of these wonderful dog-friendly establishments!

Things to Do with Your Dog in Shropshire

By Advice, Dogs, Places to visit, Things to do

If you’re planning a holiday and don’t want to leave your furry companion behind, our holiday park is the perfect destination. Our own woodland walks are not the only thing you and your dog can look forward to whilst staying with us. Shropshire boasts stunning landscapes, pet-friendly attractions, and welcoming communities, offering endless adventures for you and your dog. Here are some fantastic things you can do together during your stay.

Explore the Shropshire Hills

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a paradise for hikers and their dogs. With miles of trails winding through rolling hills, woodlands, and picturesque villages, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for long walks and breathtaking views. The Long Mynd, Stiperstones, and Carding Mill Valley are just a few highlights where your dog can roam freely and enjoy the fresh air.

Visit the Severn Valley Country Park 48 miles

Located along the River Severn, the Severn Valley Country Park is a perfect spot for a day out with your dog. With well-maintained paths, scenic views, and plenty of open spaces, your dog will have a blast exploring the park. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing break in the beautiful surroundings.

Wander Through Attingham Park 23 miles

Attingham Park, a National Trust property, is a magnificent estate with extensive grounds that welcome dogs on leads. Explore the walled garden, deer park, and woodland trails, all while soaking in the history of this grand estate. The on-site café even offers dog-friendly seating, so you can enjoy a cup of tea while your pup takes a rest.

Discover the Shrewsbury Quarry and Dingle Gardens 19 miles

Shrewsbury is a charming town with a rich history and plenty of dog-friendly spots. The Quarry, a 29-acre park alongside the River Severn, is perfect for a leisurely walk. The Dingle, a stunning floral masterpiece within the Quarry, is a must-see. After your stroll, explore the town’s quaint streets and enjoy a meal at one of the many dog-friendly pubs and cafés.

Relax at a Dog-Friendly Pub

After a day of exploring, why not unwind at one of Shropshire’s many dog-friendly pubs? The King’s Head in Bridgnorth, The Riverside Inn in Cound, and The Huntsman of Little Wenlock are just a few examples where you and your furry friend will receive a warm welcome. Enjoy delicious local food and a well-deserved rest in a cozy setting.

Stay at Our Dog-Friendly Holiday Park

Our holiday park in Shropshire is designed with you and your dog in mind. With spacious, pet-friendly accommodations and plenty of on-site amenities, you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Our park also features secure dog walking areas, so you can let your dog off the lead to play safely.

Tips for a Great Stay with Your Dog

  • Pack Essentials: Bring your dog’s favorite bed, toys, and food to help them feel at home.
  • Stay Safe: Always keep your dog on a lead in unfamiliar areas and be mindful of local wildlife.
  • Hydrate: Ensure your dog has access to fresh water, especially during long walks.
  • Clean Up: Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog to keep Shropshire beautiful for everyone.

Shropshire is a wonderful destination for dog lovers, offering a mix of outdoor adventures, historical sites, and friendly communities. We look forward to welcoming you and your canine companion to our holiday park for an unforgettable stay. Book your trip today and start planning your dog-friendly adventures in Shropshire!

A Fun-Filled 4-Day Itinerary for your family this summer in Shropshire

By Advice, Places to visit, Things to do

We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To help you make the most of your holiday with us, we have put together a guide with a variety of activities with all ages. Feel free to spend your time relaxing in your lodge, and around the park but if you want to venture further afield then this guide is for you!

Day 1: Local Exploration

Morning: Local Exploration

  • Fuel up. After waking to bird song in your cosy lodge or treehouse, enjoy a delicious breakfast. Local pastries from Ellesmere or sausages on the BBQ, the choice is yours.
  • Woodland Walks. With the dog or without, take to our woodland walks to stretch your legs and immerse yourselves in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings in which you are staying.

Afternoon: Ellesmere Mere and The Mere Park

  • Picnic at The Mere: Pack a picnic and head to The Mere, a stunning lake in Ellesmere. Enjoy your lunch surrounded by serene views and plenty of wildlife. Or you can enjoy some lunch at The Boathouse pub which perches right on the Mere shoreline.
  • Boating: Rent a rowboat or pedal boat and take to the water for a fun family adventure.
  • Children’s Play Area: Let the kids burn off some energy at the play area, which features swings, slides, and climbing frames.

Evening: Dinner and Relaxation

  • Local Dining: Have dinner at one of the family-friendly pubs in the area. Our favourites are The Red Lion, Ellesmere, The Boat Inn, and The Cross Foxes, both in Erbistock. 
  • Game Night: Return to your lodge for family game night. 

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures and Local Attractions

Morning: Chirk Castle

  • Chirk Castle: Start your day with a visit to Chirk Castle, about a 20 minute drive from the park. This magnificent medieval fortress offers a fascinating glimpse into history and the beautifully landscaped gardens are perfect for the kids to explore.
  • Children’s Activities: Check out the castle’s summer holiday activities, such as treasure hunts and interactive historical displays.

Afternoon: Shropshire Sculpture Park

  • Lunch: Have a packed lunch or grab something at a local café before heading to Shropshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s largest metal safari park.
  • Sculpture Trail: Wander through the sculpture park, where children can marvel at the large, imaginative sculptures. The trail is perfect for a leisurely family walk.

Evening: BBQ at the Lodge

  • Barbecue Dinner: Take advantage of the barbecue facilities at Woodland Park Lodges and enjoy a family cookout. Let the kids help with setting up and preparing their own skewers or burgers.

Day 3: Fun at the Farm and Indoor Play

Morning: Park Hall Countryside Experience

  • Park Hall Farm: Drive to Park Hall Countryside Experience, a farm park about 15 minutes away.
  • Hands-On Activities: Enjoy activities such as feeding the animals, tractor rides, and pig racing. The interactive play areas and exhibitions will certainly keep the children entertained.

Afternoon: Indoor Play at Crazy Knights

  • Lunch: Have lunch at the farm’s café or bring a packed lunch.
  • Crazy Knights: Head to Crazy Knights, an indoor play centre in Oswestry. The play area features slides, ball pits, and climbing frames, perfect for letting the kids have some indoor fun while you relax with a coffee.

Evening: Pizza Night and Movie

  • Homemade Pizza: Make pizzas together in the large open kitchen. Let each family member create their own pizza with their favourite toppings.
  • Family Movie Night: Wind down with a family movie night. Choose a film from our DVD selection in reception, or if your lodge has a Smart TV, make use of our superfast WiFi and stream your favourite films. 

Day 4: Nature Trails and Farewell

Morning: Ellesmere Canal and Whixall Moss

  • Canal Walk: Start your day with a peaceful walk along the Ellesmere Canal. Enjoy the picturesque views and watch the boats navigate the locks.
  • Whixall Moss: Visit Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve, a unique peat bog habitat teeming with wildlife. The boardwalk trails are ideal for a family nature walk.

Afternoon: The British Ironwork Centre

  • Lunch: Have lunch at a local café or picnic at Whixall Moss before heading to your next adventure.
  • British Ironwork Centre: Spend the afternoon at The British Ironwork Centre, where children can marvel at the incredible metal sculptures, including the famous Knife Angel. The centre often hosts family-friendly workshops and demonstrations.

Evening: Farewell Dinner

  • Farewell Dinner: Enjoy a final dinner at a nearby pub, all our favourites are listed in the information book on the coffee table in your lodge. Reflect on the wonderful memories made during your stay.
  • Packing: Return to your lodge to pack up and prepare for departure the next morning.

We hope this itinerary helps you make the most of your stay with us. Have a fantastic summer holiday in Shropshire!

3-Day Itinerary For A Bank Holiday In Shropshire

By Places to visit, Things to do

This 3-day itinerary for a bank holiday weekend in Shropshire, starts near Ellesmere and focuses on some hidden gems and lesser-known attractions for you to enjoy in this part of the county.

Day 1: North Shropshire and Villages

Morning: Ellesmere

  • Begin your day with a serene walk around The Mere in Ellesmere. This large, natural lake is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Visit the Boathouse for a coffee with a view.

Late Morning: Whittington Castle

  • Head to Whittington Castle, a picturesque and lesser-known castle with beautiful grounds. Take a leisurely stroll around the ruins and enjoy the charming scenery.

Lunch: The Olde Boote Inn, Whittington

  • Have lunch at The Olde Boote Inn, located near Whittington Castle. Enjoy hearty, traditional pub fare in a cozy atmosphere.

Afternoon: Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area

  • Visit the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area, an industrial heritage site that offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past. Explore the lime kilns and walk along the Montgomery Canal.

Evening: Oswestry

  • Spend your evening in Oswestry, exploring a market town with a long history. Check out the local shops and have dinner at a traditional pub.

Day 2: Countryside Walks and Scenic Views

Morning: Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

  • Drive to Stiperstones for a scenic morning hike. The rocky ridge offers stunning views and is less crowded than other hiking spots. Enjoy the unique quartzite tors, including the Devil’s Chair.

Late Morning: Snailbeach Lead Mine

  • Visit Snailbeach Lead Mine, one of the best-preserved lead mining sites in the country. Take a guided tour to learn about the mining history and explore the mine buildings.

Lunch: The Stiperstones Inn, Snailbeach

  • Have lunch at The Stiperstones Inn, a cozy pub offering delicious homemade meals. Relax and soak in the countryside atmosphere.

Afternoon: Ludlow Food Centre 

  • Visit Ludlow Food Centre, a unique destination offering locally sourced and produced food. Explore the farm shop, bakery, and butchery. Sample some local cheeses and other delicacies.

Evening: Bishop’s Castle

  • Spend your evening in Bishop’s Castle, a small market town with a rich history. Explore the local shops and cafes, and have dinner at a local pub like The Three Tuns Inn.

Day 3: Hidden Historical Sites and Natural Beauty

Morning: The Wrekin

  • Hike up The Wrekin, a prominent hill with panoramic views of Shropshire and beyond. It’s a less frequented spot early in the morning, offering a peaceful start to your day.

Late Morning: Ironbridge Gorge

  • While Ironbridge itself is popular, explore the lesser-known areas of the gorge. Walk or cycle along the Severn Valley Railway paths for a different perspective of this historic area.

Lunch: The Green Wood Café, Coalbrookdale

  • Enjoy lunch at The Green Wood Café, a hidden gem in Coalbrookdale. They offer delicious, locally sourced food and a relaxed atmosphere.

Afternoon: Buildwas Abbey

  • Visit Buildwas Abbey, a tranquil ruin set in a secluded spot. It’s a great place for a quiet afternoon stroll and some photography.

Evening: Broseley

  • End your trip in Broseley, a small town near Ironbridge. Explore the Broseley Pipeworks Museum, which offers a unique look into the town’s industrial past. Have dinner at a local pub like The Duke of York for a cozy, local experience.

This itinerary provides a relaxing and unique experience of Shropshire, starting from Ellesmere and exploring its hidden treasures.


Summer School Holiday Fun in Shropshire: 10 Unmissable Activities for Families

By Things to do

The summer holidays are the perfect time to embark on some quality time with the family and create lasting memories together. If you’re planning to see what Shropshire has to offer this year, you’re in for a treat! Nestled in the heart of England, Shropshire offers a delightful array of activities to suit every taste. From exploring historic sites to indulging in outdoor adventures, here are 10 unmissable things to do in Shropshire during the summer holidays.

  1. Discover Historic Gems: Step back in time and explore Shropshire’s rich history by visiting its impressive historic sites. Wander through the majestic halls of Ludlow Castle, soak in the medieval charm of Stokesay Castle, or marvel at the industrial heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Blists Hill living Victorian museum is a must visit for families offering kids something a bit more exciting than the usual museums.
  2. Embrace Outdoor Adventures: With its stunning countryside and picturesque landscapes, Shropshire is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots and tackle the trails of the Long Mynd, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  3. All Aboard the Severn Valley Railway: Take a nostalgic journey aboard the Severn Valley Railway and soak in the scenic beauty of the countryside as you chug along on a steam train. With its vintage carriages and charming stations, it’s an experience the whole family will cherish.
  4. Animal (and dinosaur) Encounters at Hoo Farm Shropshire: For a day filled with furry friends and fun, head to Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom. Meet adorable animals, from cuddly rabbits to majestic birds of prey, and enjoy interactive experiences that are both educational and entertaining.
  5. Thrills and Spills at Adventure Parks: Let your adventurous spirit soar at Shropshire’s adventure parks. Whether you’re zipping down slides at Wonderland Telford or getting up close and personal with farm animals at Rays Farm, there’s no shortage of excitement to be had.
  6. Canal Cruises: Slow down the pace and take a leisurely canal boat trip along Shropshire’s tranquil waterways. Drift along the Shropshire Union Canal or the Montgomery Canal, admiring the scenic beauty and spotting wildlife along the banks.
  7. Get Creative at Arts and Crafts Workshops: Unleash your artistic talents at one of Shropshire’s many arts and crafts workshops. From pottery painting to jewelery making, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, making it the perfect way to spend a rainy day.
  8. Explore Nature Reserves: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Shropshire by exploring its diverse nature reserves. Wander through the serene landscapes of Brown Moss Nature Reserve or discover the unique flora and fauna of Fenn’s, Whixall, and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve.
  9. Picnics in Gardens and Parks: Pack a picnic and head to one of Shropshire’s beautiful gardens or parks for a day of relaxation and outdoor fun. Let the kids run wild on the extensive lawns of Attingham Park or enjoy a peaceful stroll through the Dorothy Clive Garden.
  10. Join Festivals and Events: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Shropshire by attending one of its many festivals and events. From food festivals to folk and pop music concerts, there’s always something exciting happening during the summer months.

Whether you’re exploring historic landmarks, embracing outdoor adventures, or simply enjoying quality time together as a family, Shropshire offers endless opportunities for summer fun. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an unforgettable holiday.