What to do and see in Market Drayton, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

October 28, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Market Drayton is a market town in north Shropshire, England, close to the Welsh and Staffordshire border. It is on the River Tern, between Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent, and was formerly known as "Drayton in Hales" (c. 1868) and earlier simply as "Drayton" (c. 1695). Market Drayton is on the Shropshire Union Canal and on Regional Cycle Route 75. The A53 road by-passes the town. The counties of Staffordshire and Cheshire are both close by.
Restaurants in Market Drayton

1. Wollerton Old Hall Garden

Wollerton, Market Drayton TF9 3NA, England +44 1630 685760
Excellent
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5 based on 115 reviews

Wollerton Old Hall Garden

Reviewed By hampshiresparrowhawk - Overton, United Kingdom

This garden is magnificent and must surely be on the itinerary of any serious gardener or plantsperson. It consists of a series of 'rooms' and pathways, some very restrained in their planting and palette, others flamboyant and colourful. In general the planting is quite dense but not to the detriment of the overall effect and at the time we visited, mid July, flowering was profuse - especially the salvias, phlox, clematis, veronicastrum, lythrums. The planting is complemented by very tasteful garden structures and woodwork - offering many ideas to take home to one's own garden. The plant nursery was excellent and so was the cafe. Do not miss this garden!

2. Dorothy Clive Garden

A51 - Willoughbridge Lane | Willoughbridge, Market Drayton TF9 4EU, England +44 1630 647237
Excellent
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Dorothy Clive Garden

This 12 acre garden is a very beautiful Plantsman's Paradise. An exceptionally relaxing place packed with plants of interest throughout the year. A winter garden, laburnum tunnel, alpine scree with pool, rose walk, edible woodland, seasonal borders, large Mediterranean glasshouse and rhododendron filled woodland with waterfall are just some of the highlights you will find here. The garden is both intimate and informal with a network of meandering paths that invite you to explore. Relax in the tearoom with adjoining Terrace lawn that affords some wonderful views into the surrounding Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire countryside. A picnic area is also available. The Dorothy Clive Garden is a registered charity. The garden is expressly intended to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and to support horticultural education. The garden hosts a range of events throughout the year including children's activities. See website for programme.

Reviewed By brightonboy2017 - Market Drayton, United Kingdom

Wonderfully laid out mixed woodland, flower Gardens and water features. Lovely tea rooms too. Their occasional plant fairs are also a must.Thank you very much your very positive, succinct review. Really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and the Plant Fairs. The next one is April 1st 2018 - Easter Sunday and Monday

3. The Festival Drayton Centre

Frogmore Road, Market Drayton TF9 3AX, England +44 1630 654444
Excellent
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

The Festival Drayton Centre

Reviewed By Nikkin00dles - Market Drayton, United Kingdom

Fantastic asset to Market Drayton ,great value food and cinema ! Love this place ,ideal for families !

4. Hodnet Hall Gardens

Hodnet Hall, Market Drayton TF9 3NN, England TF9 3NN
Excellent
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Hodnet Hall Gardens

Reviewed By busterSolihull - Solihull

My wife and I had rejoined HHA again (£77.00....visited 25 properties last year)and decided to visit Hodnet Hall on Sunday 27th and had a most enjoyable two hour stroll around the Gardens (found the tithe barn, dovecote and kitchen garden very interesting).
The garden restaurant (old stable block) is well worth a snack as all the sandwiches and cakes are home made and all the staff/volunteers are very helpful and friendly.
Dogs are allowed on the leads. Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 12.00-5.00 Sunday 2nd April-Sunday 24th Sept

5. Joule's Pub

Great Hales Street | Shropshire, Market Drayton TF9 1JP, England +44 1630 652602
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Joule's Pub

Reviewed By John S - Spain

Beer is the main reason for going here, but the food is also getting t o be an attraction. Platters to share are a good option, as are the steak and fish. Nice easy going staff serving you with a smile and a good knowledge of the food and beer.

6. Fordhall Organic Farm

Fordhall Organic Farm Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton TF9 3PS, England +44 1630 638696
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Fordhall Organic Farm

We are England's first community-owned farm. A family attraction with cafe, farm shop, farm trails, picnic area and yurts. We run events, hold private evening functions, birthday parties, offer guided tours for groups, run birthday parties and offer glamping in our newly renovated yurts. These sleep 6 people and are privately situated on our 140acre farm. Available for weekly or weekend hire. Please contact our office for availability.

Reviewed By pilotclive

My wife came into the shop a couple of days ago and asked the butcher to a good joint of pork. He was very helpful and cut and strung the joint there and then. We have had the joint today which was a Gloucester Old Spot and it was absolutely delicious. Bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Couldn't be more locally sourced, probably said hello to it on our many visits.

7. Wicked Adventures

Ollerton Lane, Market Drayton TF9 2BS, England +44 1952 540109
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4 based on 30 reviews

Wicked Adventures

Wicked Adventures activity centre offer Quad Biking, Laser Tag, Tank Driving, Monster Truck Drive, Archery, Rifle Shooting. We can host kids partys, and stag and hen do's. Or be your host for coporate activity days in shropshire.

Reviewed By Broady1977

Bought a junior drive for my sons birthday.
Despite 2 members of staff making all possible adjustments to seat etc-he was unable to fully reach the pedals unfortunately! The staff very kindly offered a free ride for the whole family instead.
The whole day was stress free, the members of staff were great, there was a small selection of snacks and drinks available and a photographer on site.
The monster truck ride itself was definitely fun and not your average driving experience, I didn't expect but enjoyed going over cars!.
I will be buying the same junior experience next year once my son has grown a bit!, likewise I'm sure other members of the family would enjoy this also.
It does state that postcode doesn't bring to to exact location which would be my only very minor gripe-been aware of this we allowed extra time and we did need it!

8. Woodseaves Miniature Railway

Woodseaves Garden Plants | Woodseaves, Market Drayton TF9 2AS, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Woodseaves Miniature Railway

Ride on Miniature Railway on a journey around a Plant Nursery and Gardens with a sense of 'where is it going'.

Reviewed By Greekislandlovers - Southport, United Kingdom

This was one of the most enjoyable visits with my grandchildren anywhere recently. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time, long steam rides around the beautiful Gardens and then a tour around the beautifully laid out Gardens of the nursery. All the Gardens are laid out differently, you are in a totally different world, all the plants are set out whether lovers of shade, sun, etc. so you can see them all in situ, and are available for purchase. It is the loveliest nursery I have ever been to, and the children were fascinated by the miniature train too. Well worth a visit it is lovely.

9. Market Drayton Golf Club

Market Drayton TF9 2HX, England +44 1630 652266
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4 based on 5 reviews

Market Drayton Golf Club

Reviewed By DodgetheViper - Telford, United Kingdom

This club is situated a little way outside the town down a narrow lane. It's well worth tracking down. The course is always in good condition as it drains really well. It's a tough challenge you need to be long and straight! The clubhouse is friendly with good beers and catering.

10. Buntingsdale Hall

48 Buntingsdale Road, Market Drayton TF9 2EN, England
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4 based on 4 reviews

Buntingsdale Hall

Reviewed By Julie6468 - Grantham, United Kingdom

Visited Buntingsdale Hall with a group of 4 couples (and one child) for a weekend away. We were looking for somewhere quiet with plenty of space to socialise - both of which the Hall provided in heaps! There is a large kitchen diner, a comfortable lounge and a spacious games room with log fire and full size snooker table amongst other games. Following a period of requisition during the war this Hall has been reclaimed by the family of the original owners. They live in the property and are restoring it to its former beauty. They kindly welcomed us into their home and provided us with coffee and a tour of their work so far. The building is full of history and character and soo peaceful. Please note that this property is being restored and not modernised - so do not expect power showers and lifts! The grounds, including a lake are beautiful - if it is peace, quiet and space that you are seeking - Buntingsdale is your place!

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