Places to Visit

Ellesmere is a quiet market town, dating from Saxon times, and known as the lake district of Shropshire, with glacial meres adjoining rural canals. We are on the Welsh/Shropshire border – just 2 miles from North Wales and 5 miles from Cheshire – about an hour from Liverpool, Manchester and the north-side of Birmingham. In the locality there are plenty tourist attractions such as castles, National Trust properties, steam railways & abundant bird-life. The historic cities of Chester and Shrewsbury are nearby.

Ellesmere is well-provided with shops, pubs and parking and hosts many popular events each year.

Whilst staying in Ellesmere you may just wish to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Birch Hill, but you may also like to visit the following local places of interest in Shropshire, Cheshire and Wales.

 SaturdaySundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
National Trust / Historic Houses / MuseumsShrewsbury Castle museum Chirk Castle (NT)Erddig (NT) Wrexham Sunnycroft (NT) Telford Benthall Hall (NT)Powis Castle & gardens (NT)Attingham Park (NT)
Child-friendlyPark Hall Farm Countryside Experience (incl Welsh Guards army museum). 10-pin BowlingTechniquest science discovery centre or Cinema – both in WrexhamBlists Hill Victorian Town or Enginuity – both at IronbridgeActon Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton SY6 6QNBritish Ironwork Centre , Oswestry SY11 4JH (good for adults too)Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker , French Lane, Nantwich CW5 8APLlangollen – steam railway & horse-drawn canal trip
Towns (market days)Oswestry ShrewsburyShrewsbury & Chirk Airfield car boot saleWrexhamEllesmere (morning). ShrewsburyOswestry. Shrewsbury (river boat trip)WemOswestry Shrewsbury Whitchurch
WalksWelshampton circuit - start at Ellesmere MereChirk Castle start by CAMC site entranceCanal towpath – Llangollen CanalColemere circuitOswestry Hill FortAlderford LakeCanal Central Maesbury Marsh
Eating-out (all have dog-friendly areas)Boathouse, EllesmereRoyal Oak, Bangor on DeeRed Lion, EllesmereDickin Arms, LoppingtonMad Jacks or Narrow Boat Sun Inn, WelshamptonCross Foxes, Erbistock
Dog-Friendly Days OutHawkstone Park FolliesLlangollen – railway & canal tripBlists Hill Victorian Town, IronbridgeAlderford LakeColemere Rodney’s Pillar, Breidden HillsOswestry Hill Fort or Old Racecourse
GardensDorothy Clive Garden in Clive Market DraytonHodnet Hall Gardens, Hodnet, Market Drayton, TF9 3NNBodnant Cardens, Colwyn BayDingle @ The Quarry ShrewsburyNess Gardens Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness, CH64 4AYBiddulph Grange, StaffordshireWollerton Old Hall Garden Market Drayton
Garden CentresDerwen Garden Centre (have lunch at The Orangery)Moreton Garden Centre GledridBellis’ – Holt, WrexhamCountry Garden Rose Plant Centre, Hadnall Shrewsbury SY4 3DHGrosvenor Garden Centre Near Chester Coed y Dinas WelshpoolDobbie’s Garden World Shrewsbury
Ancient monumentsHaughmond Abbey (EH)Lilleshall Abbey (EH)Stokesay Castle (EH) Craven ArmsValle Crucis (Cadw) LlangollenBeeston Castle (EH)Rodney’s Pillar, Breidden HillsChester Walls

Golf Courses.  There are eight golf clubs and nine 18-hole golf courses within 16 miles of Birch Hill – see our website for details – https://www.birchhill.co.uk/local-information/golf-courses-near-ellesmere-shropshire/

Cycle Hire.  A local firm has bicycles for hire and will deliver to / collect from Birch Hill.  Electric-assisted bikes also available – http://www.amerecycle.co.uk/

Shops.

  • Shrewsbury boasts the largest number of independent retailers in the UK (as opposed to large chain-stores) – about 18 miles by road.
  • Chester is well worth a trip – about 25 miles from Birch Hill.
  • Also consider a trip to Cheshire Oaks designer outlet – https://www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/cheshire-oaks-designer-outlet/en/

Seaside.  Welsh coast – Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llandudno are just over an hour.  Prestatyn is quieter than Rhyl.  Llandudno is more refined.

Mountains.  We are about 1¼ hrs from Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia – the highest mountains in Wales.

Theatres.

  • Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury – 18 miles by road
  • Theatre Clwyd, Mold – 25 miles by road.
  • Theatre Hafren, Newtown – 39 miles by road.
  • Liverpool – several theatres – just over an hour by road
  • Manchester – several theatres – about 1 hr 20 minutes by road

Cinemas.

  • Odeon, Wrexham – 11 miles by road
  • Cineworld, Shrewsbury – 20 miles by road
  • Ellesmere Town Hall ‘Reels on Wheels’ – last Wednesday of each month
  • Wem Town Hall – http://www.wemtownhall.co.uk/ – 10 miles by road

Swimming Pools.

  • Plas Madoc – great for families – easy slope into the water, wave machine and water-slide.
  • Wrexham – traditional rectangular pool, plus Jacuzzi, large whirlpool and rubber-ring water-slide.
  • Shrewsbury – very deep pool with diving boards and long water-slide