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Holidays in Shrewsbury

A beautiful historical town on the River Severn

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The Old Atcham Bridge in Shrewsbury

Close to the border with Wales, Shrewsbury is an attractive town, nestled in verdant, rolling countryside. Bursting with character, visitors can’t fail to be captivated by its charming timber-framed buildings and pretty, narrow streets.

Never has the phrase ‘like stepping back in time’ seemed more appropriate than in this atmospheric town, where over 600 listed buildings keep history alive. You’ll find references to Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury’s most famous son, around every corner, and plenty of cultural activities to enjoy.

The River Severn loops around the town centre, offering peaceful riverside walks and even a river cruise on board the town’s very own pleasure boat, Sabrina. Alongside the river lies Quarry Park, a 29 acre haven crowned by ‘The Dingle’, a floral masterpiece awash with brightly coloured borders and pretty places to sit and watch the world go by.

Ancient wattle and daub houses

The park plays host to the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show, and the town welcomes visitors and locals to several other major festivals and events throughout the year. The Darwin Festival and Shrewsbury Folk Festival are among the most popular.

The nightlife is just as varied, with cafés, restaurants and bars catering for all tastes, offering everything from cocktails and dancing to fine dining. During the day delis and tearooms tucked down quaint historic streets provide the perfect place to recharge your batteries.

"Shoppers will enjoy browsing their way around the many shops, with designer stores packing the historic centre."

If you’re looking for a cinema experience with a difference, try The Old Market Hall Cinema, one of the UK’s tiniest cinemas, the building itself dating back to 1596.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has an excellent exhibitions programme, with art exhibitions, history and family events, there’s always plenty to see and do. Continuing your historical explorations, next to the train station you’ll find Shrewsbury Castle which was built in 1070 by Roger de Montgomery. Exhibited within the castle is an interesting range of architects belonging to the Shropshire Regimental Trust, including pictures, uniforms, medals and weapons.

While you’re there

Battlefield Falconry Centre

Take part in activities and see over 30 different birds of prey.

Shrewsbury Flower Show

Admire floral works of art and glorious colours from the plethora of flowers.

Old Market Hall Cinema

One of the smallest cinemas in the UK in a building dating back to 1596.

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