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.

Addtional Information:

Ellesmere Tourism Website

Ellesmere Map

Attractions in Ellesmere

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Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College is an inspiring venue for both residential groups and visiting guests set within a 144 acre estate within the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The following exceptional facilities are all available to hire.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AB

01691 622 321

Accommodation in Ellesmere

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Newton Meadows Holiday Cottages

Three Cottages set in open countryside with far reaching scenic views offer accommodation for up to 18 guests (4/7/7) for Short Breaks, Weekly and Longer Stays.

Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3EA

01939 290346


Please visit our website at www.newtonmeadows.co.uk for special offers



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Hordley Hall

Spacious Georgian house in very peaceful location. 3 miles from Ellesmere. Ideal for walking, cycling, touring. Easy access to Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Chester and Llangollen.

Hordley (near Ellesmere), Shropshire, SY12 9BB

01691 622772

Fernwood Caravan Park

Fernwood is a picturesque, family-run, sixty six acre Park offering peace and tranquillity, which caters for Holiday Homes with a separate area for touring caravans.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0QF

01948 710221

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Brynallt Country Park

Brynallt Country Park near the market town of Ellesmere provides the ideal setting for your self-catering Shropshire holiday in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Brynallt, Welsh Frankton, Shropshire, SY12 9HL

01691 624374

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The Newnes Touring Caravan Park

Secluded and picturesque touring caravan and camping park bordering the historic market town of Ellesmere. 10 elevated grass pitches, individual water/electric hook ups, chemical grey waste points.

The Newnes, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9HH

01691 624464

Fernwood Caravan Park

Fernwood is a picturesque, family-run, sixty six acre Park offering peace and tranquillity, which caters for Holiday Homes with a separate area for touring caravans.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0QF

01948 710221

Shops in Ellesmere

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Ellesmere Summer Festival

Ellesmere , Shropshire

'Shropshire Beano' Cycle Tour

01962 867699

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY1 2PJ

Food & Drink in Ellesmere

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The Leaking Tap

01939 270636

Cockshutt, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0JQ

Beer Buz Mobile Bar

01746 864182

Coco Cafe Bar

07976 822658

6 Scotland Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EG

Pete's Sandwich Bar

01691 623414

8 Cross Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AS

Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891