The holiday’s base was the 3 star Best Western Valley Hotel, once the home of a local ceramics magnate whose tiles from his factory still decorate the hotel’s interior. It’s restaurant was very popular with our members.
An interesting itinerary of visits was arranged by our agent Steve Mitchell, starting with the Royal Worcester Museum and the City’s Cathedral. A morning trip on the River Severn proved a very pleasant introduction to Shrewsbury and the afternoon was spent in the National Trust’s Attingham Park followed by a wine tasting.
The centrepiece of Ironbridge’s heritage is Blists Hill Victorian Village and our passes allowed free access to some of the museum’s 10 sites. Next morning coffee in LLangollen was followed by a relaxed canal trip along the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aquaduct on the Llangollen Canal. We went on to explore the beautiful valley by way of the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgenorth before visiting the Jacksfield Tile Museum later in the day.
Homeward bound our intended stop at Bourton on the Water was thwarted by the only rain experienced during the holiday so we visited Oxford instead.
In contrast we intend to visit Bristol next May, staying in the Bristol Hotel on the historic waterfront.