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The town of Shrewsbury is a historic medieval settlement situated in Shropshire, only nine miles away from the Welsh border and surrounded by the Shropshire Hills. 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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The River Severn is the star attraction of Shrewsbury. Beautiful as she is deadly, the River Severn has carved her name into the town making it the place that you see today.
Discover Shrewsbury with our self guided walk: A meander down Shrewsbury's River Severn
A far more relaxing way to experience the River Severn is on our passenger boat, Sabrina. Enjoy breathtaking views from Spring through to Autumn on our daily cruises which last approximately 45 minutes (Concessions available).
Every Tuesday, as the light fades to dusk we run our much-loved Tuesday evening dinner cruise. We offer the largest selection of meal options available in Shrewsbury at one time, delivered fresh from one of our five partner restaurants.
If you're looking for something even more laid back then the Sunday lunch cruise is for you; a 45-minute cruise where you can appreciate the spectacular views along Shrewsbury's River Severn. Once we've docked it's just a five-minute walk to The Buckshead Inn. On arrival, they'll serve your delicious 2 course Sunday lunch making a fitting end to a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Probably the most unique of all the things to do in Shrewsbury is our music-themed boat cruises. Each cruise lasts around 3 hours, departing at 7:30pm with DJs spinning classic tunes from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s respectively. Once docked we'll party until midnight.
Other themed nights include the Summer BBQ cruise, wine and cheese tasting, gin masterclasses and a host of other events.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is a must-see for any visitor to Shrewsbury. Situated in the old Music Hall, Shrewsbury Museum has recently undergone a multimillion pound redevelopment. We now host one of the best Museums & Art Gallery's in the country, some of the things you can discover include:
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 and although on the outskirts of town is one of the best places to visit for the whole family. It features an elegant Regency mansion set in a great estate which includes a deer park, walled gardens and miles of beautiful country 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 - One of the greatest Shrewsbury attractions is the historic church trail. Enjoy a self-guided trail around the town which includes St. Chad’s Church, the largest round church in the UK which overlooks 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 intrigue.
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 ornamental garden which was initially designed by Percy Thrower, the original BBC Gardener's World presenter. And it's thanks to Percy that the Quarry is now home to the Shrewsbury Flower Show which is one of the towns biggest events. For two days in August, the Shrewsbury Flower Show boasts beautiful floral arrangements, musical spectaculars and amazing food. Let's not forget either the Shrewsbury Food Festival, which runs at the end of June, an equally magnificent event.
The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - OK so again not in Shrewsbury itself but even so, the Shropshire Hills dominate the landscape surrounding Shrewsbury. Some of the closest of the Shropshire Hills include Caer Caradoc which can be seen towering over Church Stretton just off the A49. Caradoc is not only one of the most beautiful of Shropshire's Hills but it's also home to an impressive Iron Age hillfort. Take a look to the south of Shrewsbury and you'll find it hard to miss the Long Mynd, owned and managed by the National Trust. We suggest a visit to Cardingmill Valley, as it's a perfect place to hang out on warm summer days.
Ironbridge Gorge - We included the Ironbridge Gorge because just like Shrewsbury, the gorge also experiences our river, Sabrina as she passes through the parish of Telford and Wrekin heading onto Herefordshire. Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so well worth a visit if you're planning a day out of Shrewsbury.
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 of Shrewsbury, 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.
We also recommend looking a look beyond the norm, to find the cool and unusual things to do in Shrewsbury and discover a town with hidden stories that time forgot.
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 bookshops, 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's Restaurants have 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 Loopy Shrew, and for real-ale fans, you can find local beer served in many of the town’s pubs giving you a proper taste of Shropshire!