Shrewsbury is a beautiful market town with a layout that hasn’t changed from the Middle Ages. The best way to explore is on foot, taking time to appreciate the skills and ancient medieval crafts that went into each half-timber building, while underneath your feet you’ll see remnants of threshold mosaics. These were designed by Victorian retailers as signage for their stores, and, today, remain as glorious as ever. Shrewsbury is packed with attractions and things to do - fun for all the family.
Head for the majestic and imposing Shrewsbury Castle, sitting atop a hill, looking out over the town nestled next to the River Severn. Constructed from the area’s famous red sandstone in 1070, it has witnessed many bloody battles and conflicts over the ensuing centuries, including a siege by King Stephen in 1138, and another during the English Civil War - they did love their sieges! The Museum and Art Gallery are nearby, with relics of bygone ages, many found around Shrewsbury, and works by contemporary artists.
Join one of the day trips from Sabrina Boat for a relaxing trip down the River Severn, with the breathtaking scenery adding to the timeless appeal of this peaceful pastime, but if you prefer a more hands-on experience, visit the nearby Canoe Hire. After a brief instructional, you can be off, navigating the vast River with your companions.
If you plan to pick up a few gifts while you’re visiting Shrewsbury, it has all the big high street names, plus the hidden gems of boutique stores, showcasing local talents. Pick up some stunning handcrafted jewellery, gorgeous chunky knitwear, or maybe a treat of homemade shortbread for the journey home.
If you plan to stay into the evening, there are several high class restaurants, offering sumptuous meals, and it’s a short stroll back to the station to hop on the train home.
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