Market Drayton

A market so good the town was named after it has been running here every Wednesday for over 759 years, and it was Henry III who put the market into Market Drayton in 1245.

Stalls are laden with fresh produce and an abundance of different wares. Bargain hunters hustle, bustle and banter, just as they always have. And just in case you can't get there on a Wednesday those sneaky Draytonians have even organised a smaller Saturday market and have kept it helpfully undercover.

However, Market Drayton doesn't just rely on its famous market for the modern shoppers needs. The pedestrianised heart of the town provides a safe and pleasant spot for browsing and buying.

You simply cannot get away from Thomas Telford in Shropshire. He built the Shropshire Union canal which passes just a few hundred yards from the town centre. This gives boaters a chance to moor up, explore the town and stock up on supplies, and for the land lover the opportunity to have a memorable tow path walk including the 40 steps aqueduct. Breathtaking! Or if your a 'gongoozler' (a canal boaters name for an onlooker) the town centre is splendid spot to gongoozle!

One foodstuff you'll find a lot of is gingerbread. Market Drayton is its spiritual home, and it's been baked in the town for over 200 years to a traditional and closely guarded secret recipe. Some say rum is included; but just in case it isn't, the locals tend to dip it in port before they eat it.

Far from keeping them permanently sozzled, it seems to have inspired a whole menu of delights. Damson jam, damson cheese (a relish), lamb and damson pie and, of course, damson gin are still produced from the trees which surround and even invade the town. The Food Connection website has more information.

The other thing Market Drayton is known for is cows. Lots of cows. Some 15,000 of them are busy every day making yoghurts and quiches for Muller Dairy and Palethorpes.

The town's most famous son, Robert Clive, Clive of India, even gave the French a culinary lesson. His 'little pies', mince pies before they lost their minced meat, won the Guinness Best Pub Food Award. The French of Pezenas, wolf down 150,000 a year. As a boy he climbed the church tower and ran a protection racket amongst the local shops all of which clearly prepared him perfectly for his defeat of the French and the conquest of much of India. His efforts brought him vast riches and secured the spice routes for the British Empire' thus making ginger an affordable commodity in Britain. Ah, now it becomes clear.

The town also has some rather beautiful architecture. You'll find half timbered and red brick buildings in the town centre and the skyline is dominated by the beautiful 14th century church which is built from local sandstone. Here you will find the tomb of Thomas and Elizabeth Bulkeley distant relatives of 3 presidents of the united states; Calvin CoolidgeGeorge Bush and George W Bush.

Click here to download the Market Drayton Town Trail leaflet (PDF).

Market Drayton Map

Attractions in Market Drayton

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Dorothy Clive Garden

The Dorothy Clive Garden is delightfully woven into the magnificent tapestry of the Shropshire, North Staffordshire and Cheshire borders and has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU

01630 647237


Hodnet Hall Gardens

The gardens were started in 1922 when a chain of seven lakes and pools were created with rare trees and shrubs. Rhododendrons and camellias thrive in the acid soil; iros and other bog plants enjoy their position around the pools.

Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3NN

01630 685786


Moreton Corbet Castle

The Corbet family replaced their fortified home with a stone castle in about 1239. This was extended in 1538, and again in the 1580's with a great Elizabethan wing, now itself a spectacular ruin.

Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5UY

0870 333 1181


Market Drayton Market

A market - so good they named the town after it

Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1PH

01630 653114


Fordhall Organic Farm

A small but beautiful farm in sunny Shropshire owned by 8000 people! Open 6 days a week with 3 free farm trails, a picnic area, farm shop, tearoom and evening restaurant. This farm is unique, pioneering and inspirational, with everything from cows and pigs, to solar panels and a composting toilet!

Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS

01630 638696


St Marys Church, Market Drayton

Parts of St. Mary's church date mainly from the 14th Century although the West door is Norman.

Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1AQ

01630 652527


Accommodation in Market Drayton

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Sambrook Manor Holiday Cottages

Sambrook Manor holiday cottages are situated in the delightful village of Sambrook on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border making it an ideal location to explore both counties.

Sambrook, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8AL

01952 551252


Shops in Market Drayton

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Fordhall Organic Farm

A small but beautiful farm in sunny Shropshire owned by 8000 people! Open 6 days a week with 3 free farm trails, a picnic area, farm shop, tearoom and evening restaurant. This farm is unique, pioneering and inspirational, with everything from cows and pigs, to solar panels and a composting toilet!

01630 638696

Ternhill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS


Drayton Arts Fest

Throughout the town, Market Drayton, Shropshire


Felt Workshop with Louise Spencer

01630 647237

Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU


Mini Beasts Adventure

01630 647 237

Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU


Jewellery Making Masterclass with Angela Smith

01630647237

Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU



Fordhall Farm: Be a farmer

01630638696

Fordhall Organic Farm, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS


Botonical Illustration Worshop with Josephine Edwards

01630 647237

Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU


KT Nest Boxes

07981 928016

Mucklestone Business Centre, Mucklestone, Nr Loggerheads, Shropshire, TF9 4DN


Fordhall Farm: Be a Butcher

01630638696

Fordhall Organic Farm, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS


Food & Drink in Market Drayton

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Goldstone Hall Hotel

Goldstone Hall is a 17th Century Manor where even The Times thinks the food is sublime.

01630 661202

Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2NA


The Four Alls Inn

The Four Alls Inn is situated 2 miles from Market Drayton in a quiet rural setting yet having easy access to all of Shropshires local attractions and major towns.

01630 652995

Newport Road, Woodseaves, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2AG


Fordhall Organic Farm

A small but beautiful farm in sunny Shropshire owned by 8000 people! Open 6 days a week with 3 free farm trails, a picnic area, farm shop, tearoom and evening restaurant. This farm is unique, pioneering and inspirational, with everything from cows and pigs, to solar panels and a composting toilet!

01630 638696

Ternhill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS


Jones's Coffee House

01630 652042

15 High Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1QB


Oruna Cuisine

01630 658121

63-65 Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3DA


Beer Buz Mobile Bar

01746 864182


The Falcon Inn

01630 642825

The Square, London Road, Woore, Shropshire, CW3 9SE


Mr Moydens Cheese

01630 639796

The Creamery, Lockley Villa Farm, Wistanswick, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2AY



Foodshion Garden Chinese & Thai Restaurant

01630658382

15 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1PD