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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The Boathouse Restaurant

The Boathouse has recently been restored and overlooks the beautiful lake at Ellesmere.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0PA

01691 623852

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

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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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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Red Lion Coaching Inn

16th Century Coaching Inn set in the historic market town of Ellesmere, well placed to access the canal, town and mere. Bar meals served from 12 noon to 9:30pm every day.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0HP

01691 622632

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Oaks Farm

Relax and enjoy Shropshire's countryside within easy traveling distance of the Welsh Marches, the Potteries, Ironbridge Gorge Telford. The lakes of Ellesmere and of course the county town of Shrewsbury.

Petton, Burlton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5TG

01939 270472

Discount for stays of 2 weeks or more. Please contact us for more special offers.


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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

Early Bird Advance Booking Offers
Book 6 months before and get a 10% discount
Book 3 months before and get a 5% discount


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

Burlton Cottages

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

01939 270404

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Woodland Park Lodges

Nestling in the Shropshire countryside just outside Ellesmere are 11 well equipped wooden lodges.

The Trench, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0LS

01691 623809

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Castle Farm Holidays

Shropshire accommodation with luxury hot tubs, disabled access property and beautiful countryside views.

Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EF

01691 690801

Shops in Ellesmere

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Pete's Sandwich Bar

01691 623414

8 Cross Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AS

Quirky Art Ceramics Studio Gallery

07960 634930

30 Scotland Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EG

Cocoa Epicure

07540 533891

White Lion Antiques

01691 623835

4 Market Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AN

Courtyard Interiors

01691 622550

42 Scotland Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EG


01691 622286

7/9 Market Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AN

Body & Soul Holistic

01691 623 365

22 Scotland Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EG

Ellesmere Food Festival

Town Hall and the Market Hall, Ellesmere, Shropshire

Ellesmere College Art Exhibition

01691 626541

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AB

Ellesmere Summer Festival

Ellesmere , Shropshire

Food & Drink in Ellesmere

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The Boathouse Restaurant

01691 623852

The Mereside, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0PA

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

Red Lion Coaching Inn

01691 622632

18 Church Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0HP