Located near the border of England and Wales, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. With over 660 listed buildings, this market town has the longest river of the UK, the River Severn, flowing through it. This charming and quaint town is filled with stunning medieval architecture for you to gaze at. Shrewsbury is filled with castles, churches, and beautiful riverside parks. This town was also the birthplace of naturalist Charles Darwin. This delightful rural town is full of history and culture. Here are some of the best things to do in Shrewsbury.
Learn about the town’s history and culture at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery showcases the history and culture of Shrewsbury. It was established in 1835 and has 5 main galleries- The Shropshire Gallery, Medieval Gallery, Stuart Gallery, Tudor Gallery, and Roman Gallery along with Special Exhibition Gallery. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery also has a cafe for you to enjoy delightful treats and a gift shop to buy souvenirs to remember Shrewsbury by. It is open from 10 am till 4 pm and charges an admission fee of £4.50 per adult.
Spot the Charles Darwin Statue
Shrewsbury is the birthplace of the English Naturalist, Charles Darwin. You have probably read this name in your science textbook. He gave the theory of evolution to the world. His statue is situated outside the local library. It was commissioned in 1897. This bronze statue is a must for everyone that visits Shrewsbury.
Visit the magnificent Shrewsbury Castle
Shrewsbury Castle was built in 1070 by Roger de Montgomery. It is a Norman Redstone castle. It was restored in 1926 after years of decay by Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council. You can access the castle’s grounds without any charge, however, you have to pay a small amount to enter the castle where you can see the museum. The museum consists of a collection of the Shropshire Yeomanry and the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. This magnificent castle is perfect for you to spend a day looking at the artifacts and after exploring the museum, you can go pickining in the charming gardens with a perfect view.
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary’s Church is the largest church of Shrewsbury. It is a grade I listed building under the National Heritage List for England. It is one of the best English Parish churches and dates back to Saxon times. St. Mary’s Church’s spire is the tallest spire of England. The church is exquisite with its beautiful medieval architecture and fine stained glass. The church also hosts a number of events for you to attend. The church also has a lovely coffee shop where you can enjoy coffee and scones on any day to make your day even more perfect.
Experience Jail at Shrewsbury Prison
The Shrewsbury Prison was built in 1793 and served as a men’s prison until March 2013. It is also known as Dana Prison around the town. It is now a tourist attraction and showcases the experiences of prisoners and their daily life in the prison through guided tours, horror tours, educational days, along with many themed events. It is the ‘world’s most interactive prison tour’. If you believe in ghosts, then one of the wings is known to be haunted. The Shrewsbury Prison is just next to the Shrewsbury Railway Station and is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day of the week.
Worship at Shrewsbury Abbey
Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1803 and was one of the most prestigious abbeys in England. It has been an important place of worship since Anglo-Saxon times. Most of the abbey was destroyed in the 16th century in the reign of King Henry VIII, the part of the building that survived serves as the Parish Church. The Shrewsbury Abbey has stunning Medieval architecture with heavenly stained glass. The church is delightful from inside and out. The church has a beautiful garden where you can sit and enjoy your day. Also, the church has a cafe and a shop area where you can eat and shop after exploring the church.
Pay a visit to St. Alkmund's Church
Almost 1100 years old, St. Alkmund’s Church is located at the highest point of the town. This neoclassical style church is a Grade I listed building. This medieval church is built with red sandstone ashlar and has stained and painted windows. You can spend some time in the tranquil environment to contemplate or you can attend the church service. This old historical church is definitely worth visiting if you are in Shrewsbury.
Relax at The Quarry Park
The Quarry Park is a 29-acre recreational park in Shrewsbury, near the Shrewsbury town centre. It is the most used park in the town. Edged by the River Severn, the Quarry park has a breathtakingly aesthetic view with flowers and greenery all around. The Quarry Park is a perfect place for you to relax or take leisurely walks to enjoy the place. You can also enjoy fishing and pickining with your loved ones at the Quarry Park.
Catch a show and enjoy tasty food at the Old Market Hall
This historic Elizabethan building is situated in Shrewsbury’s Town Centre. Old Market Hall was built in 1596 and was restored and reopened in 2004 as an arts venue with a contemporary cafe bar. OMH (as the locals call it) annually hosts Rainbow Film Festival - Shropshire Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The cafe is favorite among locals to hang out with friends while drinking coffee and eating delightful food. Be sure to catch a show at OMH’s cinema and eat delectable food at the cafe while visiting Shrewsbury.
Take a Sabrina Boat Trip
Sabrina Boat is a modern passenger boat that operates on the River Severn. This triple-deck boat can carry up to 60 passengers and offers day trips, evening cruises, and private hires. There are six day trips scheduled in a day that are 45 minutes each and offer a breathtaking view of the River Severn. The evening cruise is a weekly cruise that operates every Tuesday. The Sabrina Boat Trip offers the passengers to dine as well. Enjoy mouth-watering food surrounded by the gorgeous River Severn at the Sabrina Boat trip.
Gaze at the splendid St. Chad's Church
Built in 1792, St. Chad’s Church is a well-known landmark of the town. The church has a high tower and a unique round shape. Charles Darwin was baptized in this church in 1809. You can attend the famous organ recitals and other concerts at St. Chad’s. The stunning architecture coupled with stained glass that looks like a painting, St. Chad’s Church is a treat to eyes.
Go to the Theatre Severn
Theatre Severn is a contemporary theatre which was opened in 2009. It is located on Frankwell Quay. This stunning riverside theatre is a popular location in town to enjoy entertainment. The theatre has an auditorium that can accommodate 650 people and a theater with 250 seats. Be sure to catch a show or two at Theatre Severn.
Enjoy your day at Attingham Park
Attingham Park was built back in 1785. This 4000-acre estate is an English country house. This Grade I is the fourth most popular National Trust House. It also has one of the most complete remaining collections of Regency Style. The estate also has a delightful garden that has been listed as Grade II. It also has a deer garden where you can see these beautiful and gentle creatures. It also has a cafe where you can indulge yourself with scrumptious food. You can best explore Attingham Park by taking a walk around the estate. The residence offers an amazing view of flowers and greenery all around.
Feast your eyes at Haughmond Hill
Haughmond Hill is a small hill that is located on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. It is mostly covered by forest with a small quarry that is on one part of the hill. It is a popular place for families to take walks or bike across set paths. You can bring your dog here too, this place is perfect for your pooch. It also has a cafe on the premise that serves delightful cakes and coffee. Haughmond Hill has a very peaceful environment where you can enjoy the incredible view of the whole town. This place is definitely worth visiting whenever you are in the town.
Eat delicious food of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury offers a wide variety of delectable food for you to eat. The cafes and restaurants of Shrewsbury are definitely going to fulfill your cravings of good food. The town serves flavorsome French cuisine, Italian cuisine, Indian cuisine, and traditional English cuisine along with vegan and vegetarian eateries. Some of the most renowned cafes and restaurants in the town are The Loopy Shrew, Papi’s, Zizzi, Peaberry, Ask Italian, Okra, Ginger and Co. Don’t forget to visit any of these places when you visit Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is also famous for its own delicacy, Shrewsbury biscuit is a classic English dessert named after the town. You can find these delicious biscuits in bakeries all over town and also in the farmers market.
Drink at traditional pubs
Shrewsbury is known for its traditional English pubs that serve different types of beers. You can also find Shropshire brewed beer all over the town if you want to experience the area specialty. Some of the most famous pubs and bars in the town are Tap and Can, Platform, Tanner’s Wine, Bull Inn, Wheatsheaf, Old Post Office, Blind Tiger, The Armoury, and Montgomery’s Tower. Don’t forget to quench your thirst at these places after exploring Shrewsbury.
Wroxeter Roman City
Once the fourth largest town of Roman Britain, Wroxter was at one time the same size as Pompeii in Italy. It is located 5 miles east of Shrewsbury. It was founded in AD 55. It is one of the very first archaeological sites to be regularly open for visitors. This excavated city is well preserved and attracts tourists from all over to see the Municipal baths and walls. The site also has a recreated townhouse and a museum. It also has a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs to remember Shrewsbury by.
Explore Shrewsbury on foot
The best way to explore any city is by walking. You can discover the secrets of the city that are unknown to tourists. Shrewsbury is a perfect city to explore on foot. You can discover and gaze at the medieval architecture throughout the city. You can stroll around the city to take in the scenic glory of the picturesque town and discover what the town has to offer. You can discover cafes, shops, restaurants on your way. Long leisurely walks around this splendid town are going to refresh your mind and body.
Birds of prey at Battlefield Falconry Centre
At Battlefield Falconry Centre you can see more than 30 different types of birds of prey, they include some fascinating species of falcons, hawks, and owls. The centre also has a number of activities for you to participate in like photography sessions, children’s parties, and bird handling sessions. The most popular activity being Hawks on Walks. You can visit the Battlefield Falconry Centre and gawk at these beautiful creatures in an even more beautiful environment all day.
Belle Vue Arts Festival
Belle Vue Arts Festival is one of the longest-running festivals of Shrewsbury. Every year there is a theme and different activities and competitions are planned around the theme like photography competition, poetry competition, craft fair, and many more. The theme for 2020 is “WILD” and is being held online due to the pandemic.
Shrewsbury is a magnificent historic medieval town. The architecture of the town is going to take your breath away. This rural county town has a lot of fun things planned for you. So visit this quaint charming town and experience the traditional rural English culture. This delightful is going to win your heart. Do not forget to tell us your favorite thing from the list and make sure to do all these things when you visit this beautiful town.