Shrewsbury in Shropshire

Shrewsbury... or is it Shrowsbury?

Shrewsbury, Shropshire's county town, founded by the Saxons and most extensively developed by Tudors, lies within a giant loop of the river Severn and is famed for its castle, spires, abbey, parklands and half-timbered medieval houses.

But while you marvel at all those gorgeous black & white buildings, let's not forget that most of them remain just what they've always been: shops. And that the Shrewsbury variety of shop tends to be quirkier and more interesting than elsewhere - simply because that's how we like it. We think you may too.

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Shrewsbury's Historic Town and Sites

Scrobbesbyrig to the Saxons, the county town of Shropshire is first mentioned in a charter of 901. Shrewsbury is stunning historic town with over 660 listed buildings and some very strange street names - Dogpole and Mardol, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane.

"It takes a little exploration on foot to reveal the delights of this medieval town"

Betjeman again.

Guided Walking Tours from Shrewsbury Tourist Information Centre - everyday in summer, Saturdays in winter. 
Shrewsbury Abbey - Founded in 1083 and still a place of worship today. 
Shrewsbury Castle - imposing red sandstone. It guards the only land approach to the town. Inside the Great Hall is the museum of the Shropshire Regiments. 
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery - Collections illustrate the rich history of Shropshire and Shrewsbury. 
St. Mary's Church - beautiful medieval church, glorious stained glass.


Things to look out for in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury's Shuts and Passages - a unique maze of narrow alleys which criss-cross the town centre - part of the town's medieval street plan.

Statue of Charles Darwin outside the library - he was born here in Shrewsbury and attended Shrewsbury School which was then housed in the library buildings.


Just outside Shrewsbury town...

Attingham Park - a Regency gem. Splendid hall and deer park, now in the tender care of the National Trust. Costumed guides, family activities, fine furniture and paintings.

Home Farm, Attingham - a short walk from the Hall is this working farm with plenty to discover about real farming. Hands on activities, small animals and rare breeds.

Wroxeter Roman City - earlier even than Shrewsbury itself. The ruins of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. English Heritage have thoughtfully provided an audio tour and exhibition on site to tell you all about it.

Shrewsbury is at the heart of Shropshire in more ways than one and all the county's attractions are within easy reach.


The River Severn

"There is a gentle nymph not far from hence, 
That with moist curb sways the smooth Severn Stream, Sabrina is her name a virgin pure..." 
Sabrina Fair, Milton's Comus

Almost an island, caught in a loop of the river Severn, the town of Shrewsburyinspired the poet Housman to write in 'A Shropshire Lad'

"High the vanes of Shrewsbury gleam, Islanded in Severn Stream"

Ways to enjoy the river in Shrewsbury include:

Under your own steam - rowing boats and canoe hire from the Porthill Bridge in The Quarry 
Watching other people do the work - Shrewsbury Regatta, two days of competitive rowing 
Taking a trip on the Sabrina Boat 
Angling - there are plenty of fish in the river - but you'll need a licence to do this. 
Strolling by the water - walks along the towpath loop right around the town and out into the countryside. Follow in the footsteps of the young Charles Darwin. He liked messing about by the river. 
Sitting in a waterside hostelry.


Everywhere Is Art

A contemporary arts scene thrives in Shrewsbury, particularly in the visual arts. Here's where to see the beautiful and the interesting (and the sometimes challenging)

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery - special exhibitions of Contemporary art - recent shows include part of the Saatchi collection and Antony Gormley's Field for the British Isles.

Bear Steps Gallery - a 15th century timber hall showing exhibitions which change every two weeks

The Gateway Education and Arts Centre - special exhibitions of contemporary art and foyer craft displays

The Photographic Gallery in the Music Hall - changing exhibitions

Other commercial galleries include: Manser Callaghan and The Gallery

Complementing the visual arts is a varied cultural scene including The Music Hall, the Jazz and Roots Club, Shropshire Music Trust and The Gateway - follow the links for more information


Shrewsbury Shopping and Eating Out in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury has great shops, especially the kind of interesting, independent shopsthat so many towns have lost or let go.

Of course there are also comfortable indoor shopping malls with high street names as well as specialists, and good access for wheelchair users and pushchairs.

We're particularly proud of our foodshops, not forgetting the indoor market on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (nasty 1960's building, alas, but good stuff inside). The Roman Vineyard at Wroxeter and Tanners wine merchants head up a good selection of sellers and hostelries who will make sure you don't go thirsty.

Shropshire's produce finds its way into many a restaurant and pub. And Shrewsburyis stepping up the competition with Ludlow with a clutch of fine restaurants snapping at its heels.

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Please click the link to view an interactive street map of Shrewsbury Town centre >>

For more information about visiting Shrewsbury, please contact Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre.

For more information about Shrewsbury, please visit the Shropshire Tourism's official website for Shrewsbury at www.visitshrewsbury.co.uk.

Please click here to view a map of Shrewsbury town centre.

Attractions in Shrewsbury

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Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a clean, friendly farm that appeals to all ages and offers close contact with over 120 different species of animals from fluffy yellow chicks and baby lambs to Servals, Otters, Meerkats and Lemurs.

01952 677917     Contact via Email    


Tanners Wines, independent and family-owned since 1842, is one of the top wine merchants in the UK.  

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The original Shrewsbury Castle was built in timber by the Norman Roger de Montgomery, in about 1070.

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Sitting in the centre of Shrewsbury, this large medieval church was originally Saxon, and was rebuilt in the 1170s to successfully enlarge and embellish it.

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Whether you are interested in fine china, fun interactives or a 'Victorian' town, its all to be found in this World Heritage Site.

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The gardens were started in 1922 when a chain of seven lakes and pools were created with rare trees and shrubs. Rhododendrons and camellias thrive in the acid soil; iros and other bog plants enjoy their position around the pools.

01630 685786     Contact via Email    


Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies is a unique place. Created in the 18th Century by the Hill family (Sir Rowland and his son Richard), Hawkstone became one of the greatest historic parklands in Europe.

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FREE Admission. The award winning Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.

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Once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, visitors to Wroxeter today can take a tour around the fascinating ruins, and explore the new Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’.

01743 761330    


Award Winning Cycling, Walking & Cottage Holidays.

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Accommodation in Shrewsbury

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Situated in the heart of medieval Shrewsbury, the Prince Rupert is firmly established as the town's finest hotel.The former home of Prince Rupert, the grandson of King James I.

01743 499955     Contact via Email    

The AA Hotel 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Peaceful and tranquil. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty below the famous Wenlock Edge. Ideal base for walking, cycling and riding.

01746 785208     Contact via Email    

The AA Holiday Park 3 Pennants Star Accommodation Grading

17th century traditional inn situated in the town centre of Shrewsbury.

01743 344728     Contact via Email    


Lower Hill Farm is a family business nestling amongst the woods at the foot of Wenlock Edge. The site has panoramic views, from the Long Mynd to the Wrekin.

01746 785292     Contact via Email    


Two cottages, sleeping 2 and 3 people, woodland walks, each with its own private garden area. Off road parking for two cars. Full oil fired central heating all included. Outdoor barbeque area. Pets welcome by arrangement.

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DTS Self-Catering 34 Star Accommodation Grading

Ye olde Bucks Head Inn is a 17th Century Coaching Inn, situated in a quiet part of town and within easy walking distance to the town centre.

01743 369392     Contact via Email    

Visit Britain Inn 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Situated amongst farmland and adjoining Bomere Heath village cricket ground and yet only 4 miles from the beautiful historic town of Shrewsbury stands this former country railway station built in 1847, set in 2 acres of grounds.

01939 290905     Contact via Email    

The AA Guest House 4 Star Accommodation Grading Shropshire Tourism Price Promise

Superb location in countryside setting yet 10 minutes walk from historical Shrewsbury town. With on-site Private parking and Free WiFi. We have 2 well designed modern cottages finished and maintained to a high standard 4 star Visit Britain (1 cottage sleeps 3 and one cottage sleeps 2).

07913 387531      Contact via Email    

Visit Britain Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading

The 66 bedroom hotel is a chip shot from its championship golf courses and is steeped in history.

01948 841700     Contact via Email    


Set in beautiful countryside with outstanding views over the Shropshire plain, in a sheltered position nestling under the broadleaves and Scots Pines of Grinshill Hill with immediate access to lovely wooded walks.

01939 220214     Contact via Email    

Visit Britain Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Pets Welcome Award

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Shrewsbury Visitor Information

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1LH

Tel: 01743 258888
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