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.
Attractions in Ellesmere
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
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
Midweek Break Special Offer
Three nights for the price of four. Midweek breaks start on Mondays with the Thursday night free.
Weekend and MidWeek short breaks available all year round.
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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
Early Bird Advance Booking Offers
Book 6 months before and get a 10% discount
Book 3 months before and get a 5% discount
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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
Burlton Cottages are three stylish and characterful newly converted holiday cottages sleeping 2/2/4 people. We are dog friendly, walking distance to a village pub, short stays welcome and provide free superfast secure Wi-Fi. New from June 2017 will be complimentary use of our on site Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Spa.
Burlton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5SX
If you would like to escape to rural Shropshire and wake up to the sound of birdsong in the morning, come and visit our brand new Glamping site, near the pretty Lakeside town of Ellesmere. Our pods are set near to a wooded dingle with a stream running along the bottom. Although we are a rural setting, we are within a couple of miles of the local ammeneties.
Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EF