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Travel Guide: Hidden England: Trips near London

13th Jan 2012 12:21pm | By Laura Chubb

All a quick train trip from London, here are some of England's hidden corners that deserve a little love in 2012.

Best for ye olde charm: Shrewsbury

WHY To discover a historical marvel away from the tourist crowds, unassuming-sounding Shrewsbury can’t be beaten.  The medieval town, described 300 years ago by Daniel Defoe as “pleasant, populous, and rich”, boasts a ramshackle collection of Tudor, Jacobean, Regency and Victorian architecture, the time-worn buildings tilting over a warren of winding streets.

DO A walking tour of the town lets you soak up the olde worlde atmosphere, passing the 16th-century Market Hall, the overhanging Henry Tudor House, where Henry VII reposed before the Battle of Bosworth, and the oddly terracotta-coloured Shrewsbury Castle. A river cruise along the Severn, which swaddles the town, is equally picturesque.

SEE visitshrewsbury.com

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