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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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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Shropshire is blessed with many beautiful gardens – from grand estates to exquisitely designed town gardens – and many are open for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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The small church at Preston Gubbals has a lengthy and complicated history.

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Haughmond Abbey, which is sometimes referred to as the Abbey of St John the Evangelist, is located only four miles outside of Shrewsbury and of the three houses of Austin canons established in Shropshire.

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Situated in the picturesque surroundings of the Shropshire, Mid Wales Borders, nr Shrewsbury. A family run outdoor pursuits centre with Quad Trekking, Paintballing, Laser Clays, Climbing wall and Archery.

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St Chad’s is an iconic Grade 1 listed building of unique circular design by George Steuart. It is the civic church of Shrewsbury and the military church of Shropshire. St Chad’s is a member of the Greater Churches Network, and has the largest seating capacity of any church in Shropshire. Open every day for worship and all visitors welcome.

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Shrewsbury’s national award-winning indoor market is an eclectic shopping attraction and foodie magnet that is often compared to some of the ‘coolest’ markets in London.

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Live with a Shropshire host and undertake work experience within the County - for groups or individuals (age 16+).

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The Corbet family replaced their fortified home with a stone castle in about 1239. This was extended in 1538, and again in the 1580's with a great Elizabethan wing, now itself a spectacular ruin.

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The red sandstone shell of a semi fortified tower house built in 1284-93 by Bishop Burnell Edward I's Lord Chancellor. Parliaments were twice held here in 1283 and 1285.

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Hawkstone boasts 2 contrasting magnificent 18 hole golf courses and a 6 hole par three course.

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Accommodation in Shrewsbury

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Welcome to the Family run Albright Hussey Manor Hotel and Restaurant. Set in 4 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and surrounded by an original moat.

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The AA Hotel 4 Star Accommodation Grading

The Lord Hill Hotel has twelve individually styled bedrooms, all furnished to the highest standards and including the luxurious Abbey Suite and four-poster bridal suite.

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Sixteen generations of the Ashton family have cherished this ancient Shropshire manor house, set in 500 acres of private country estate and woodland as John and Ann Ashton and family do today.

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Situated on the Wyle Cop this historic boutique town househotel offers stylish accommodation and delicious local seasonal food.  Single supplement from £99 per night.

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The AA Hotel 3 Star Accommodation Grading

Three Cottages set in open countryside with far reaching scenic views offer accommodation for up to 18 guests (4/7/7) for Short Breaks, Weekly and Longer Stays.

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DTS Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Anton Guest House offers 4 star quality ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation with comfortable beds, delicious, award winning breakfasts, free WiFi, large LCD TVs with DVD players and a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the many delights of Shrewsbury.

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Visit Britain B&B 4 Star Accommodation Grading Visit Britain Silver Award Visit England Breakfast Award

Stable cottage is a comfortable holiday cottage in the quiet suberb of Meole Brace. Converted from the stable block of the former vicarage it has one double room and one room with bunk beds.

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Small level site in the peaceful countryside.

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College Hill House is a town centre 16th Century listed building. We have en-suite rooms available, all with color TV, tea/cofee making facilities.

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Bed and breakfast accommodation at Brownhill House, near Shrewsbury.

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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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