The bustling little market town of Tenbury Wells spans the two counties of Worcestershire and Shropshire, depending which side of the River Teme visitors choose to stay, and is very close to the border of Herefordshire making it the ideal spot from which to explore all three counties.
With 8 National Trust Properties, the Tudor ‘slow-food’ town of Ludlow, a fistful of castles, Ironbridge Gorge, The Severn Valley Railway and a safari within easy reach, together with miles of beautiful countryside in the Welsh Marches, Tenbury is a delightful base for a holiday in a self catering property from which to explore the town and surrounding countryside.
Tenbury Wells is a historic market town thanks to a charter granted by Henry III in 1249. The ‘Round Market as it is known still operates 3 days a week and is a good place for stocking up on locally produced food (good for bargains, china, fruit and vegetables) for your self catering holiday property.
Tenbury is also a spa town, the original 19th century Pump Rooms having just been restored and open to the public. There are plenty of restaurants and tea rooms offering menus using locally produced food as the area around the town is rich farming country, with plenty of footpaths and perfect for cycling and driving the many country lanes. Don’t forget to allow time to sample the many excellent local beers and ciders to be found in the many pubs in the town and surrounding villages.
Get to know this bustling but pretty little town by following the Tenbury Heritage Trail, an hours walk taking in a number of its historic locations and market places, all marked by descriptive blue plaques. It’s a reminder of what bustling little market towns used to be like in pre-supermarket and out of town shopping days. Do visit the newly restored Regal Cinema if only to view its wonderful Art-Deco murals – although its film programme is also just as entertaining.
For lovers of castles and historic homes, it is easy to spend a week or more visiting the dozen or so castles, fortified manor houses and stately homes and gardens managed by The National Trust and English Heritage. These include Berrington Hall & Croft Castle, Witley Court a Jacobean Manor House, Church and Stokesay Castle – a 13C fortified manor House and Burford House, a Georgian House with 7 acres of ornamental gardens where the 3 counties meet.