Things to Do Near Lion Quays Resort
There’s plenty to do near Lion Quays. We’re close to many of Shropshire’s tourist attractions, set in beautiful countryside just five miles from the Welsh border. Here’s a selection of things to do in Shropshire.
Explore the countryside
Lion Quays is in a stunning location in the Welsh Marches, and the Llangollen Canal runs beside the hotel. There’s a half-hour walk from Lion Quays that takes you to the stretch of canal with UNESCO World Heritage status, including the beautiful Horseshoe Falls and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
Take a walk up to the , a well-preserved earthwork with the most incredible views. And of course, one of the nation’s most famous walk is also on our doorstep: the 177-mile long Offa’s Dyke. You can join the path near Lion Quays, and we can recommend some of the most scenic stretches.
Discover Shropshire’s heritage
Dating from the days of border skirmishes, medieval Whittington Castle is 3.5 miles from Lion Quays. The community-run castle stages all sorts of exciting events, including ghost hunting, and the 12-acre grounds are open every day.
The National Trust-run Chirk Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress, is just 2.5 miles from the hotel. Look out for their events programme.
Go back even further in time, and find out about Romano-British life at Wroxeter Roman City. “Viriconium” was once a large and prosperous city; and you can visit the remains of the once-opulent bath house and explore a reconstructed town house.
It’s also less than an hour’s drive to one of Shropshire’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Ironbridge Gorge, where you can easily spend a whole day (or two) exploring its many museums.
Enjoy a family day out near Lion Quays
Whittington’s Park Hall Countryside Experience is one of the area’s most popular family attractions. The former country park has everything from reconstructed WWI trenches to pig racing, and is a real celebration of Shropshire’s heritage. There are four museums areas, including an Iron Age round house.
Battlefield Falconry Centre is home to around 30 birds of prey (and a macaw) and you can book one of their bird experiences. If you’re travelling with serious young nature lovers, the 27-mile drive to Chester Zoo is more than worth it. It’s a brilliant place, with 27,000 animals in 125 acres of gardens.
The British Ironwork Centre is less than three miles away from Lion Quays. There’s a lot for families to do at this 60-acre site, including a sculpture park, artisan workshops, play areas and shops.
Explore our lovely local towns
Our local town, Oswestry, is a pretty combination of elegant Georgian architecture and older, half-timbered buildings. It’s a great place to shop, and is renowned having a lot of pubs for a small town (thirty).
Historic Shrewsbury is another beautiful town. Nestled in a curve of the River Severn, it has a popular riverside park, Quarry Park, and is the best place to go to pick up a boat tour. For food, drink and a magnificent castle, try lovely Ludlow.
Pop over the Welsh border to Llangollen. This little town has the most spectacular setting (and some great independent shops…). Walk along the River Dee and take a ride on the steam railway.
Get active on a sporty day in Shropshire
As well as walking, there are plenty of outdoor activities near Lion Quays. It’s great cycling country, and you can hire bikes in Oswestry. Head to Llangollen for outdoor pursuits on the River Dee, from white water rafting to angling.
If you fancy a round of golf, Henlle Golf Club is right on our doorstep. We’ve partnered with them to create a special golf break – please contact us to find out more.
And of course, there’s our own spa and leisure centre at the hotel, complete with 25-metre pool and state-of-the-art gym.