World class and world famous, the Marches is recognised as one of the fastest growing business tourism and unique leisure destinations in the UK.
The cathedral city of Hereford, the historic county town of Shrewsbury and the World Heritage Sites of the Ironbridge Gorge and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, make the Marches a standout destination in the UK.
Its unparalleled landscapes include the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Wye Valley AONB, the Rivers Severn and Wye, Offa’s Dyke national long distance trail and the Meres and Mosses Nature Improvement Area.
More than 20,000 people are employed in the sector in the Marches, home to one of the UK’s top 10 convention centres, The International Centre in Telford, which welcomes more than 5,000 events each year attracting over 450,000 delegates.
Recent figures showed visitors to Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, combining overnight tourist and day visitor spending, produce more than £1 billion for the local economy a year.
Over the last ten years, the area has seen more than £350 million invested from both public and private sectors, and a further £250 million is projected for investment over the next decade. Key tourism hotspots and attractions in the Marches include: