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It doesn’t matter whether you’re an international traveller, or simply from Britain, those who haven’t visited the town of Shrewsbury have plenty to enjoy, this article takes a look over some of the best things to do in Shrewsbury – allowing you to plan out your visit. Let’s begin.
Shrewsbury is a historic town located in the county of Shropshire next to the River Severn. Notably, one of the best things about Shrewsbury is its location and transportation options; it’s only a 1 hour drive to Birmingham thanks to the motorway network, or a short drive in the opposite direction will take you to the country of Wales, Shrewsbury is only 9 miles east of the Welsh border.
Shrewsbury has plenty of medieval heritage, generally thanks to the wool trade, which was a massive commercial outlet for the town, with the River Severn being a major trading route at the time (800 AD).
The town isn’t just about transportation options and history; you’ll also find a variety of things to do whilst visiting. This article explores what’s available.
Visit The Castle
Probably the most iconic building in Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Castle was originally built around 1067 with the main aim of protecting the town from invasion. The castle is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum, which contain artefacts from the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. The IRA attacked the castle in 1992, which resulted in damage to both the castle and some artefacts. The castle grounds are very scenic, like many castle grounds, making it a popular location for weddings, plays and events. Shrewsbury castle is definitely worthy of a visit.
Tip: Near to the entrance you’ll find steps which lead to an amazing birds-eye view of the castle and the surrounding areas of Shrewsbury.
Visit Theatre Severn
Certainly not the most attractive building in Shrewsbury, however, Theatre Severn has plenty to offer. It was decided in 2005 that Shrewsbury should have a theatre thanks to the success of the Music Hall. The theatre opened in 2009, positioned next to the river. If you enjoy classical, drama, opera, musicals, comedy and more, then you should see what’s on and consider visiting.
The River Severn
The river Severn, which flows through Shrewsbury, is the UK’s largest river, meandering for approximately 220 miles. Before the castle was built, the river was the main deterrent from potential invasions. The river is a magnet for those who love fishing, and is home to a variety of fish including specimen sized chub, pike and perch. You can find more information about fishing on the river Severn here. Other activities available include taking a boat tour and hiring a canoe.
Tip: Don’t go swimming in the River Severn – it takes many people’s lives as a result of this very action. Of course, on a hot day it can be tempting, but the unpredictable undercurrents can be life-threatening.
The Music Hall Museum & Art Gallery
If you love history, the Music Hall Museum should be on your list of places to visit. You’ll find the museum in the historic market square. The building was constructed in 1835 and currently attracts around 350,000 visitors per year. The Music Hall was originally home to the town’s theatre, however, it was later converted.
Like with most UK towns, Shrewsbury is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs and hotels. Whilst you won’t find anything outstanding or unique, it will provide more-or-less everything you need. The town does also offer a energetic atmosphere, there always seems to be a band playing in the main high street. The market is also worth a visit. The only bad point about the town is that it’s plagued with pigeons.
With a wide choice of online bingo now available, Shrewsbury has a bingo hall which can be located at: Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AG. It’s highly popular among older adults, however, don’t be supprised to find a few younger people enjoying the experience – a good friend of mine, who is in his mid 20’s, absolutely loves it.
Visit the The Dingle, located at The Quarry
If you’re after somewhere to relax and take a breather, then The Dingle is sure to be the perfect place for you to visit. The origins of this breathtaking enchanted garden go way back to the 18th century. As you explore and take in the amazing scenery and floral essence, the weaving paths are sure to keep you on a peaceful and enjoyable cortisol-lowering experience. Simply put, The Dingle isn’t your average garden, rather, it entertains an environment that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Many benches are scattered around the paths, allowing you to sit and enjoy a packed lunch, read a book, meditate, or to simply relax. The vibrant mix of colours surround a pond with fountains, yet accessing the garden is found via a small gate – it’s not obviously found. Once located, however, it’s more than worth enjoying.
Also located at the The Quarry – The Shrewsbury Flower Show is a yearly event that attracts over 50,000 visitors. It’s not a newcomer to the town either; this is because it first began way back in 1836 making it the longest running flower show of its type. Prices generally range from between £10 and £30 depending on age and the timing of your visit. The show often boasts many activities which include floral, craft marquee, catering, steam locomotive, children attractions, live music, fireworks, show jumping and trade exhibitors.
Visit Nearby Towns and Cities
Once you’ve exhausted all of the town’s attractions, you’ll likely want to head to the train station. If the motorway wasn’t handy enough, the train station provides easy access to a number of interesting local destinations. Shrewsbury to Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, takes approximately 1 hour, which is very convenient. Interestingly, it was recently announced that London would be a new rail destination from the station too.
As you can see, there are many things to do in Shrewsbury, making is a great destination to plan visiting. Finally, as a note, I’ll be continuing to update this article with photos and other details.