Nowhere else in England quite says “traditional market town” like Shrewsbury. From the black-and-white Tudor buildings to the cobbled laneways and hilltop castle, this medieval town is brimming with history and charm.
Things to see
Visit Shrewsbury Castle, a Norman fortification perched high atop a grassy hill overlooking the town. Step back in time as you climb the castle walls, wander the manicured castle grounds and venture inside to discover a vast collection of weapons, medals and armour.
Delve into Shrewsbury’s unique past at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The splendid Victorian Music Hall houses an array of intriguing artworks and nationally significant items, including the impressive Condover Mammoths and Wroxeter Roman Mirror.
Do you love classic films? Experience the old-world charm of Shrewsbury's iconic Old Market Hall. This lovingly restored cinema dates back to 1956 and is a perfect place for an intimate evening. If you’d rather shop for a souvenir, head to Shrewsbury Market Hall to browse the traditional undercover market.
No visit to Shrewsbury is complete without wandering through the picturesque parklands of Quarry Park, a 12-hectare Victorian garden. Throughout the year you’ll find an array of colourful events, from the Shrewsbury Regatta to the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. At the centre of the park lies The Dingle, a sunken landscaped garden featuring a vibrant array of flowers.
Getting around Shrewsbury
With efficient road and rail links, Shrewsbury is easy to reach from most major cities in the United Kingdom. It’s approximately three hours’ drive from London, two hours from Manchester and an hour from Birmingham. Birmingham International Airport has direct trains into town. Once in Shrewsbury, local buses, taxis, rental cars and bicycles are available.