The hometown of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, he is celebrated throughout the town, with his statue standing grandly outside the library, and the contemporary Quantum Leap sculpture along the riverbank near the theatre to commemorate his 200th birthday.
The town was a hive of activity during Medieval times, with the Abbey at its heart. Built in 1083, it still stands over 900 years later as a place of worship and a historical monument to the town’s glorious past. Along with Shrewsbury Castle, with its red sandstone walls, and inside, the Shropshire Regimental Museum, it’s a must-see on your list.
If you’re seeking a more active trip, head for the indoor climbing centre, Climb the Walls, where big and small kids, alike, can try their hand at scaling the heights. Why not take part in some real climbing and visit the Stiperstones? This collection of sparkling quartz tors, set on scree covered slopes, rises 1,759 ft above sea level, and features in many local superstitions and myths. The aptly-named Devil’s Chair, at the summit, is said to be occupied when it’s hidden by low lying cloud, which is a frequent occurrence. Upon seeing this, a number of the older Shrewsbury residents still cross themselves and bolt the doors - this can be quite unnerving, just adding to the atmosphere of Medieval England.
A trip around the many independent boutiques adds to the town’s charm, with local talents, such as silversmithing, leathercraft and pottery, showcased. It’s the ideal opportunity to treat someone, or yourself, to a gift from Shrewsbury.
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