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Shrewsbury is a historic medieval town situated in Shropshire, only nine miles away from the Welsh border. The town is full of things to discover whatever your age. It's an excellent place for family days out with the kids with lots of activities happening throughout the year. Maybe you prefer to take peaceful walks through beautiful gardens and parks; we have those too. Not to mention historical sites like castles, churches and buildings of interest, like Charles Darwin's home. We also have loads of independent shops and cafes to keep you busy for days. Then there's our river the Severn, which is the longest river in the United Kingdom.
We've compiled a helpful list of things to do in Shrewsbury, making your visit one you'll never forget.
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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is a must see for any visitor to Shrewsbury. Situated in the old Music Hall and following a recent multimillion pound redevelopment we now host one of the best Museums & Art Gallery's in the country. Take a look at the Shrewsbury Map and the geology that formed Shropshires land. Discover the towns humble beginnings, our involvement in the English Civil War and explore why the river Severn made Shrewsbury town the third most important in the United Kingdom. And no visit is the same either, we show various different exhibitions throughout the year including children's activities, perfect for family days out in Shrewsbury. Not to mention a range of arts and crafts workshops, performances and a host of festivals.
Attingham Park is a National Trust site. It features an elegant regency mansion set in a great estate which includes a deer park, walled gardens and miles of beautiful parks. Highlights of the mansion include an impressive picture gallery, atmospheric dining room and boudoir. If you're visiting in Spring, then you'll be in for a treat. Spring bluebells transform the woodland with a carpet of blues, attracting tourists from across the UK and beyond.
Historic Church Trail - Enjoy a self-guided trail around the town. Sights include St. Chad’s Church, the largest round church in the UK which overlooks the The Quarry. Learn about its controversial history and the part Thomas Telford played in the original St. Chad's Church. Shrewsbury Abbey, home to TV series Brother Cadfael, is on the outskirts of Shrewsbury situated near the English bridge. Visit the beautiful St. Mary’s Church where you'll find an interesting plaque above the right-hand side of the main entrance. And Shrewsbury's Cathedral, although not as grand as some of the other Churches, it's a place of intreage.
Wroxeter Roman City is older than Shrewsbury and was once the fourth largest Roman city in Britain. In fact, the people who lived at the Roman City were most probably same people that founded our very own town. Visitors to Wroxeter can take a tour around the fascinating ruins and the museum, take an audio tour to reveal how Wroxeter worked in its heyday.
The Quarry - Perfect for ambling through on a summers evening or any time of the year, The Quarry has been a popular place to visit since the Victorian era. Believe it or not but many of the sandstone buildings you pass on your sightseeing trip are made from the stones taken from here. These days we have the fantastic Dingle, an ornimental garden which was initially designed by Percy Thrower, the orignal BBC Gardener's World presenter.
Theatre Severn - Theatre Severn is a modern theatre with a traditional feel where audiences can enjoy performances in drama, dance, music and comedy. Home to a 650-seat main auditorium, the venue attracts the best touring productions and companies renowned at both a national and international level.
Albert's Shed - A new face in the town, Albert's Shed has quickly gathered a reputation for being the place for gigs in Shrewsbury. It's smaller than the Theatre Severn but has a strong focus on supporting local musicians and touring artists who play original music in Shropshire.
Cineworld Shrewsbury - Located just on the outskirts of the tow, Cineworld Shrewsbury is a multiplex cinema which shows all the current blockbuster films. It's an ideal place if you've got kids and looking for fun things to do in Shrewsbury.
Old Market Hall - On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Old Market Hall is an excellent one room independent cinema owned by Theatre Severn group. Not only will you find their collation of films and movies to be refreshingly inciteful, but the building is quite something else. We recommend taking a look at the clock mechanism at the back of the cafe, it's quite a timepiece.
There are many great shops in Shrewsbury town centre, as well as the usual high street names there is an array of unique independent retailers that so many towns have lost or let go. Explore the quirky book shops, antique shops and clothes shops - there’s something for everyone.
Market Hall - Shrewsbury's award-winning market hall is home to many traders, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, delicatessen, books, china, antiques, contemporary crafts and interior furnishings... to name but a few! There are also fab cafes and eateries to choose from. The market hall is very unique and is a modern, quirky take on a traditional indoor market.
You won't starve in Shrewsbury; the town has so many fine eateries you won't know where to begin. From little sandwich shops, traditional pubs, and fast food restaurants to European bistros and traditional fine dining, Shrewsbury has something to suit every pallet.
Shrewsbury is also spoilt for choice when it comes to places to drink, with more than 100 pubs, wine bars, cocktail bars and clubs in the town. Take for instance the highly popular the Loopy ShrewAnd for real-ale fans, you can find local beer served in many of the town’s pubs giving you a proper taste of Shropshire!