Great old town with plenty of old architecture. Good pubs/restaurants and clubs
Too few to mention.
Wonderful Tudor town
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
When I first saw this sculpture in the garden's, I wondered what on earth it represented!It was located over a pathway, so I walked through it. I have since discovered, it weigh's more than 100 tonnes!To me, it looked like Whale bone's, perhaps a human vertebrae, somthing like that! Evidently, that is what they want you to do, look and see in...more
I must admit, I do not know if the "Bear step's" are a short flight of historical steps opposite Grope Lane, or the building's at the top in the garden, which is an Art gallery and Cafe with medieval shop front's. The "step's" are meant to be named after a pub called ‘The Bear’, which no longer exists.more
I read that this small street is one of the most photographed in Shrewsbury, this meant that I had to go and judge for myself!I must say I was impressed as I walked along the narrow cobblestone lane admiring the Tudor building's. One of them was the Tudor House, built in 1460, ever so pretty with the window boxes in full bloom.Yes, I had to agree!more
The Darwin Gate, is a sculpture made of cast glass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone and is made up of three columns surmounted by metal sculptures. The design of the sculpture combines the form of a Saxon helmet with a Norman window and was inspired by features of St Mary's Church which was attended by Charles Darwin as a boy. I was lucky...more
My husband recently took me away on the 28th April 2012 for our joint birthday as we hadnt been away...more
The food was great but the service given by the general manager was appalling, I believe his name...more
This Hotel is family run, the owner is as mad as a hatter and his son the chef cooked me the best...more
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...more
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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....more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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!more
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.
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.