Those Ancient Britons knew a good spot when they saw it and Ellesmere fitted the bill. So they established a camp by the side of the magnificent glacial mere and started fishing, boating and walking around the shoreline to admire the view. No change there, then.
Of course, the facilities have got a little more sophisticated and Ellesmere has since grown into a pretty market town with medieval streets, Georgian houses and half-timbered buildings.
As well as the wide variety of shops selling everything from antiques and gifts to exotic foods, there is the weekly market which has been held in the town since 1221 when the first market charter was granted by Henry III.
The church of St Mary, overlooking the Mere,was built by the Knights of St John in 1225. The 15th century chapel is adorned with the badges of the lords of the manor and the castle of Ellesmere.
For the full experience we've laid on a series of gentle walks that will take you through the Arboretum and Cremorne Gardens; or from the mere into town and along the canal. From the towpath you will see ‘Beech house’, this is where Thomas Telford lived whilst he designed and built the canal.
The nutrient rich waters of the Mere attract an abundant amount of wildlife. This can all be viewed from the comfort of the visitor centre using CCTV.
And if that's not enough, there are regular festivals, antique markets and events to amuse you, including the Ellesmere Triathlon, where competitors brave the cold waters of the Mere.
Whether you've just rowed across the Mere, had a wander around the town or strolled along the shoreline of the Mere we can help you refuel at one of our restaurants, bistros or cafes. From a quick snack, to a sit-down meal, Ellesmere has it all. And of course in Ellesmere you can enjoy fine food right next to the mere.
In the 1930's Lord Brownlow built his new Boathouse right on the shoreline, it is now a splendid coffee shop and tea gardens. The Boathouse has a menu brimming over with Shropshire specialities - Ellesmere Lamb and Leek pie, Shropshire Ham and Eggs, Shrewsbury Pie, local cheeses and smoked meats. Not forgetting the essential cream tea.
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