Shrewsbury Travel Guide

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Shrewsbury Highlights

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    Tonymahony says…

     Great old town with plenty of old architecture. Good pubs/restaurants and clubs 

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    hundwalder says…

     Too few to mention. 

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     Nice, good for a rest break. 

Shrewsbury Things to Do

  • St. Chad's

    The distinctive round shape of St. Chad's is a well recognised landmark in Shropshire, and has been for centuries. It sits above the beautiful Dingle, the gardens converted from an old quarry. It's two claims to fame are being the place of baptism for Shrewsbury's most famous son, Charles Darwin, and possessing the gravestone used in George C....

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  • Streets of Shrewsbury

    Probably the most enjoyable way to pass the time in Shrewsbury is just to walk its many meandering streets. From wide avenues lined with shops, to claustrophobic lanes winding up the hillside, the old streets are a joy. It seems that every street on the Severn encircled hilltop has a name that evokes centuries old, names like Dogpole, Bear Steps,...

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  • Quarry Park

    We came across this lovely park area in Shrewsbury. Here you can take a lovely walk alongside the river Severn or bring along a picnic on a bright sunny day. There is a great looking playground here for the Children, a bandstand and a statue of Hercules alongside the river. There is a lovely secluded area at the top of the park called the dingle....

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  • Shop til you drop

    Shrewsbury has a lovely shopping centre, It has a great combination of high street shops intertwined with local independent shops. There is a surprise around every corner. If the weather is a bit dreary outside, there are plenty of indoor shopping arcades and malls. There is also an abundance of lovely looking café’s and coffee shops for you to...

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  • Heart of Wales line

    The Heart of Wales railway line runs from Shrewsbury England to Swansea Wales, takes an hour and a half longer than the main line, but the scenery is lovely.The train is a one carriage and was very nearly full and stops by request at tiny stations.

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  • Castle

    Near rail station . entrance off Castle Gates street through lovely gardens. There is Regimental museum on site.

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  • Sculpture

    The Quantum Leap is a new sculpture honouring Charles Darwin. Unveiled in 2009 on the river bank near the Welsh bridge.,opposite te Theatre.

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  • ROWLEY'S HOUSE MUSEUM & INFO CENTRE

    Rowley's House Museum has collections of fine art, costumes and ceramics, displays about Shrewsbury's geology, local history and archaeology and there are also many temporary displays throughout the year. All this is located in the Mansion of a Merchant [Brewer & Draper] named William Rowley who lived in this house that was built in 1618. IS THERE...

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  • TRAIN STATION

    When I saw the Train Station, I couldn't help but think it looked like a large Manor House, it really was architecturaly beautiful! The building style is imitation Tudor, complete with carvings of Tudor style heads around the window frames. This was done to match the Tudor building of Shrewsbury School almost directly opposite. The station was...

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  • ENGLISH BRIDGE

    The beautiful arched English Bridge was built in 1770, and is one of many Bridge's that cross the River Severn in Shrewsbury.The original Bridge, thought to date back to the Norman era, became known as the Stone Bridge in medieval times. It had a huge gate tower and drawbridge, accommodation for a gatekeeper and his prisoners and a number of houses...

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  • GATEWAY HOUSE

    This lovely timber framed House, was the entrance to the Council House, residence of the President of the Council of the Marches of Wales. King Charles 1 stayed here in 1642, and James II in 1667.

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  • BUTCHER'S ROW

    Butcher's Row, and have you guessed this street was where the towns butchers would ply their trade. Flesh Shambles, Double Butcher Row, to distinguish it from Single Butcher Row on Pride Hill and finally Butcher's Row, are all names it has been known by.Up until the 19th century, animals were still being slaughtered in this street, which would have...

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  • WYLE COP

    Wyle Cop is the name of another street to look at. This was a little different to the other's, as there were quite a few Craft and Specialist shop's, also a Chocolate shop!The Cornupia shop on the corner sold lot's of nice gift's.Along the way are some old Inn's like the Nag's Head situated in a very old timber-framed building, parts of which date...

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  • THE HOLE IN THE WALL

    This Inn is also on the site of where the old Gullet Inn once stood in 1527. It was interesting to read, this narrow building in 1630, had it own indoor tennis court for "Real tennis" as played by Henry VIII.The inn was sold in 1788 and was closed by 1793. The Inn I saw, is from 1863 which is written on the building. It's been known by a few...

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  • KING'S HEAD INN

    There were several thing's that grabbed my attention about this Inn! First was the lean on the building, as each level lent over more and more and even though a substantial looking building, it looked like one day it might just topple over! I'm glad they didn't add another story!The other was the sign, with a painting I presume of, King Henry VII,...

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Shrewsbury Restaurants

  • Wholefood/Vegetarian

    This is a great place to grab lunch, whether you are vegetarian or not. The food is healthy, but tasty and in good sized portions. Best to come early, though, if you want to get the pick of the dishes. The favourites are usually all gone by the end of the lunchtime rush.

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  • Good food & atmosphere

    In a city like Shrewsbury it is nice to enjoy an evening in an establishment that embraces its historical atmosphere. The Armoury, located in an old building overlooking the river, has a warm and pleasant atmosphere that draws on the brick and wood of the building. The high ceilinged room is flanked on several sides by large bookcases, the floors...

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Shrewsbury Nightlife

  • Pleasant pub in the centre

    The Wheatsheaf is a pleasant pub located in the centre of town. They have a good selection of beers and friendly service in a warm atmosphere. Sometimes there is live entertainment.

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  • Not quite Ibiza

    Shrewsbury lacks a full size decent nightclub. It has a few nice venue's, but nowhere anyone with experience of major urban nightlife will be impressed by. Having said that some of the nicer bars are found down on the riverside. My old favourites used to be Bar 7, and The Armoury.. assuming they're still called that, any taxi drive will know them....

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Shrewsbury Transportation

  • Train

    Shrewsbury is a major rail hub, and sits on a number of busy lines, including Birmingham to Aberystwyth, London to Wrexham and Cardiff to Holyhead. It's not much more than an hour from Birmingham, Cardiff or Manchester, so it's easily visited if you are staying at one of these bigger cities.Check your ticket prices. Because of its location on the...

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  • Through Wales to Shrewsbury

    Shrewsbury has a very good train service, both concerning "normal" trains like the Newport - Birmingham line and also the special train of the Heart of Wales Line. This train starts in Swansea, follows a route through the beautiful scenery of South Wales and ends in Shrewsbury. Of course, you can also go the other way, from Shrewsbury to...

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  • Location of Bus/Train station

    Just a mention that the Train Station is about as centrally located as a station can be in a medieval town, and the bus station is quite close to that. So don't worry about pricey taxi transfers from the station to the centre.

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Shrewsbury Shopping

  • Expensive and Fun

    This shop is great! It's not big, but it does have a wide range of different things to look at. Most of the items on sale I either wouldn't buy because they are too expensive (although I'd love to own most of them!), or they are just silly!They sell things like bright yellow Francis Francis Expresso Machines, stainless steel bathroom equipment....

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  • Fantastic Delicatessens

    This is a fantastic delicatessens in the middle of Shrewbury just along from The Square in Wyle Cop. Everything really from handmade chocolates, to cured meats, special cheeses, olives, you name it - they probably do it.... so long as it's a bit special :-) Well it won't be the cheapest food you ever buy, but you won't regret it!

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Shrewsbury Local Customs

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    by Joe_Green Written Jun 28, 2003

    There is an endless debate in Shrewsbury on how it's prounounced... There are two schools' of thought, SHROWS-BURY and SHRUWS-BURY. Neither are right, neither are wrong. It would perhaps be a bit harsh to say the posh say the former the less posh say the latter, but umm, they do. Just to say, there's no definative answer, so if you ask and someone gives you one claiming that DEFINATELY how you say it, take it with a pich of salt.

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Shrewsbury Off The Beaten Path

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    by Jivegirl Updated Apr 9, 2008

    There are some great walks around Shrewsbury.
    We stayed with friends in Shrewsbury for a long weekend and having visited the Wildlife Trusts
    Visitor Centre at the Abbey Foregate we downloaded their free mp3 guide at our friends house and decided to spend the Sunday afternoon at Pontesbury and follow the Trusts audio walk up Earls Hill.
    Its a lovely walk with some marvellous views, certainly the walk to the top of the hill at the trig point is worth, it even if it was an extremely windy day when we visited. There are some amazing anthills in a field, and the audio trail told us some of the local legends about the Devils Chair, as well as pointing out the natural sights we should expect to see. Though I didn't exactly fall over any dormice on our trip. I particularly liked the old mans reminiscences about the farm.
    Well worth doing especially as it is free and may get those technology obsessed kids out for a walk with the bribe of an ipod.

    It can be freely downloaded from the Shropshire Trusts website www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk
    or from another good website
    www.audioguide2go.com which also gives access to loads of other audio walks and trails in the UK and abroad. A lot of them are free

    If you do the walk the parish church is also worth visiting.

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    • Birdwatching

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Shrewsbury Favorites

  • A Church with a Face

    This church is standing in front of the Abbey. I think it looks like it has a face, eyes, eyebrows, a rather long nose and a round mouth saying :"Ohh". It's probably a trick of the light, but quite funny.

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  • Fish Street

    Fish Street is known for it's medieval buildings and cobbled road. It's one of the most photographed streets in the town.

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  • Bear Steps

    Just off Fish Street, these old steps lead up towards St Alkmunds Church, The steps were supposedly named after a a pub "The Bear" which no longer exists.

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the Tudor House where King Henry stayed
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