This pretty market town lies near the Welsh border amid the rolling countryside of north [Shropshire](https://www.myfavouriteholidaycottages.co.uk/shropshire. From your holiday cottage in Market Drayton, the historic town centre will be a stroll away, along the the banks of the River Tern or Shropshire Union Canal. You will discover a maze of narrow streets lined with half-timbered and red-brick buildings, and some of the area’s best independent shops and eateries. The town was given a market charter by King Henry III in 1245, and a market is still held every Wednesday with stalls selling everything from collectibles to fresh, local produce. Do not forget to pick up a bag of the town’s most famous export, gingerbread, which is traditionally dipped in port. There’s a long tradition of brewing exceptional beer from the region’s spring water, and self-catering holidays in Market Drayton are the perfect opportunity to sample local beers at the town’s many cosy pubs. At the heart of the town, Buttercross is a beautiful stone portico, built in 1824 as a cover for the market’s stallholders. Do not miss St Mary’s Church, which dates back to 1150, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river.
The rugged countryside surrounding Market Drayton is scattered with ancient sites, such as Audley’s Cross, Blore Heath and a number of Neolithic standing stones. Pell Well Hall, Adderley Hall and the canal locks and aqueduct designed by Thomas Telford are all worth a visit. North Shropshire is home to magnificent gardens such as Wollerton Old Hall, Dorothy Clive Gardens and Bridgemere Garden World, while Hawkstone Park features a unique landscape of follies, caves and grottoes. Market Drayton holiday cottages are ideally positioned for exploring Shropshire and over the borders into Staffordshire and Wales. Chester, Shrewsbury, Telford and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all a short drive away.