Shrewsbury is a beautiful medieval town, only a 35-minute drive from our country house hotel. It’s the county town for Shropshire and has been branded the “Town Of Flowers” due to all the plants and blooms, particularly in the summer months. With great independent shops, pubs and restaurants, and historical buildings and landmarks to sight see, you’ll have loads to do in Shrewsbury.
Shopping is a must if you visit Shrewsbury. There are two large shopping centres to enjoy, the Darwin Centre and Pride Hill Shopping Centre, where you’ll find all of the typical high street names. However, Shrewsbury town centre’s appeal comes from the endless boutique shops and quirky independents.
These are tucked away in and around the town’s medieval “shuts and passages”, where you’ll be sure to find some hidden gems. Wyle Cop is popular for independent traders and also great for seeing some of Shrewsbury’s oldest buildings.
The town offers an endless list of things to see, from a beautiful park to some of the oldest buildings in England, dating back to the 13th century. The Quarry boasts 29 acres of parkland, encircled by the River Severn. It is the perfect place to relax, take a walk or even have a picnic. The Quarry is also home to the famous Shrewsbury Flower Show in August.
There are also some great historical buildings and landmarks within the town. Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Abbey are the town’s two oldest landmarks, and very much stand out among the other buildings. It’s also worth taking a walk along the town walls, which were first built as defensive walls between 1100 and 1135. There are also many other buildings and landmarks to discover.
Pubs & Restaurants
Shrewsbury’s pub and restaurant scene boasts a wide range of places to eat and drink. Around every corner you will find a welcoming pub, restaurant or café to visit.
You’ll find all the popular restaurant brands like Zizzi, Loch Fyne and many others, but you can also immerse yourself in the town by trying one of the fantastic independent restaurants, including The Armoury, The Boathouse, Panacea and many more.
Pubs are a big deal in Shrewsbury. Whether you like to wind down and have a relaxing drink, or discover local talent at live music venues, there’s a pub for you.
There are eight car parks situated in Shrewsbury Town Centre, with starting prices of around £1.20 per hour.
There are also three park and ride sites just outside the town centre – Harlescott Livestock Market (North/East), Meole Brace Retail Park (South) and Oxon (West). Parking is free and a return bus fare costs £1.40. Buses run every 10 minutes from 7:30am (8:00am on Saturdays) to 6:30pm daily, except Sundays.
For more information on things to see and do in Shrewsbury, visit the Original Shrewsbury website.