With over 600 listed buildings set within a loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is a historical gem in a splendid setting.
It has a beautiful 11th Century castle and attractive ‘black & white’ medieval buildings galore – that delight townsfolk and tourists alike!
Visitors to the town just love exploring the historic ‘shuts’ or passageways that criss-cross the town to reveal a unique shopping experience.
The ancient shuts have some fabulous names reflecting their history, such as Gullet Passage and Grope Lane.
There are lots of places to visit, including the Shropshire Regimental Museum; Shrewsbury Museum; Art Gallery and the beautiful award-winning Quarry Park with its flamboyant centrepiece – the Dingle created by the late Percy Thrower.
The Quarry – as locals call it – is home to the world-famous Shrewsbury Flower Show (and fantastic firework display) as well as playing host to various annual events on the River Severn such as the Food Festival; River Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival.
Shrewsbury has two modern shopping centres on Pride Hill, with famous ‘high-street’ names such as River Island, Pandora, M&S and the newly opened Primark. The House of Frazer’s store Rackhams sits on the High Street, alongside a wide variety of independent shops which give the town an individual appeal.
Eating out is a real treat! Always new bars and restaurants opening, with the arrival recently of Côte Brasserie. The town ‘enjoys a real buzz’ with people heading for the many restaurants, bars and event venues.
As for entertainment, the town’s Theatre Severn – officially opened by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward – is the venue for a variety of genres such as comedy, dance, live music, theatre, pantomime, and family
The 16th Century ‘Old Market Hall’ is enjoying a renaissance of its’ history as the centre-piece building of The Square, where it shows the latest film releases.
Buildings of beauty include Shrewsbury Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians and St. Peter of Alcantara) on the historic Town Walls; Shrewsbury Abbey (Founded in 1083 the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter and St Paul) where the Brother Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters were based; St. Chad’s circular church, and Shrewsbury’s Lion Hotel – visited by many famous people such as
Paganini and Charles Dickens.
Shrewsbury’s famous son was born here – Charles Darwin – the English naturalist, geologist and biologist, renowned for his evolution theories.
So fun and fireworks, beautiful blooms, and magical music – Shrewsbury has it all!