Whitchurch is the northernmost market town in Shropshire sitting on the borders of south Cheshire and Wales. The town is 20 miles from Shrewsbury, Chester and Wrexham and can be reached by ‘A’ roads, train and canal. The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle routes pass through Whitchurch.
Beautiful countryside surrounds Whitchurch inviting everyone to sample the delights of strolling along the canal, cycling through country lanes and enjoying the fresh air. The town itself offers a wealth of independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
I often make my way into Cheshire through the town of Whitchurch, of which I am really quite fond. It is one of those towns that has everything useful – chemists, banks, hardware stores… and an independent bookshop, and it has without doubt the best Tourist Information Centre that it has ever been my privilege to go to. Clarissa Dickson Wright ‘Clarissa’s England’
Add the weekly Country Market, monthly Farmers’ Market, a wide range of independent specialist shops, lovely coffee shops, the many traditional pubs and inns which offer good food and beers, the interesting mix of buildings and you have the ideal place to spend a few days relaxing.
For the more energetic Whitchurch, a ‘Walkers are Welcome‘ town, is set in beautiful countryside which is ideal for walking. For example, the towpath along the Llangollen Canal will bring you to the Grindley Brook staircase locks and the Canalside Cafe. Macdonald Hill Valley Spa, Hotel and Golf with its two courses adjoins the town and welcomes visitors.
Within a 20 mile radius there are plenty of historic houses, beautiful gardens and wildlife sites to visit if you wish to extend your stay in Whitchurch.
The first point of call for visitors should be the Community Hub and Tourist Information Point to be found in the Civic Centre, High Street. Those interested in exploring the history of a Shropshire market town should also visit Whitchurch Heritage Centre. This is to be found in St. Mary’s Street which can be accessed from High Street via Bluegates. Follow the line of ‘footsteps’ from the pavement disc in the Bullring to the Centre.
Collect a copy of the Town Trail to lead you around the interesting features of the Town.
Ask for the list of the ‘History on the Spot’ boards which are to be found attached to many of the interesting buildings in the town centre.