Tour to Shropshire and the Potteries, 14 – 18 May 2019


We are pleased to present our 2019 tour to Shropshire and the Potteries. Perhaps not so well known as some other parts of the UK, Shropshire’s beautiful countryside also holds many highlights of our artistic, historical and industrial heritage. Based near Shrewsbury and travelling by executive coach, we will also see some neighbouring highlights, including a day exploring the Potteries. The accompanying leaflet from Success Tours gives more details.

You can see photos from our visit here.


In brief, our 5 day, 4 night tour will include:

  • Visits to mediaeval Ludlow and Stokesay Castle
  • A full day guided visit to Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial revolution.
  • A guided tour of historic Shrewsbury, including the castle and Abbey.
  • The art collections and stunning gardens at Powis Castle
  • Visits to two famous Staffordshire Potteries – the Wedgwood factory, including a guided tour of the museum, and the beautifully – preserved Gladstone Pottery

    Wightwick Manor
  • A guided tour of delightful Wightwick Manor with its superb Arts and Crafts, Pre-Raphaelite and De Morgan collections.
  • A cruise through the Dudley canal tunnels

The programme is a full one and there will be quite a bit of walking. But you always have the option of leaving out of any tour if you wish. 

HOTEL and MEALS (for hotel website: click here)

Our 4* hotel is the well-reviewed Mercure Albrighton Hall, about 4 miles outside Shrewsbury. We will have dinner, bed and breakfast at the hotel.  Rooms are doubles or twins. Those who want a single room, up to a maximum of 15, will be given a double or twin for single use.   There’s an indoor pool, gym and spa facilities.

Powis Castle


£562 pp sharing. Single supplement £99. (Note that this is based on a minimum of 25 people. If there are 30 or more, the price will reduce to £527.) You make payments to Success Tours, who will operate the tour for us. They have many years’ experience and have been recommended by other Arts Societies. 



Victorian town at Blists Hill

As this is a UK trip, travel insurance is not compulsory. But if you wish to insure your trip, you can either arrange your own or take out the one offered by Success Tours (see booking form).


You can download a booking form or collect one from the Visits Desk at a meeting.   Please then fill in the booking form and send it to Peter Crowfoot at the address on the front of the leaflet or hand it in at the Visits Desk.

To pay your deposit of £50 per person, either include , with your booking form, a cheque for £50 payable to Success Tours, or call Peter Crowfoot first if you want to pay by debit card, credit card or bank transfer. This is just so that we can confirm that there is space on the tour. If you want to take the company’s travel insurance, you’ll also need to include the premium of £25 per person.

Gladstone Pottery
Pre-Raphaelite art at Wightwick Manor