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About Shrewsbury

Plan a holiday in Shrewsbury, a mediaeval town sitting inside a loop of the River Severn. The quirky community, merely 9 miles from the Welsh border, is surrounded by the Shropshire Hills. It hosts numerous activities throughout the year, making it an excellent place for family days out. If you’re looking for solitude and tranquillity, visit the area's well-manicured parks and gardens, Charles Darwin’s home, castles, and churches.

Gape at the Tudor town centre lined with half-timbered houses, snap a shot of the red bricks of Shrewsbury Castle, and explore the Shropshire Regimental Museum – housed in the castle, it's worth visiting for its military artefacts, including weaponry and uniforms. Visit St Chad’s Church to see the circular nave, and St. Mary’s Church for its intricate stained-glass windows. At St Chad's Church, you'll be able to see Ebenezer Scrooge's prop grave created for the film, A Christmas Carol.

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What to see in Shrewsbury

Book a hotel near the historic town centre to stroll Shrewsbury’s ‘shuts’, cosy passageways with peculiar names such as Peacock Passage, Gullet Passage, and Grope Lane. Most of the town's 600 listed buildings are black-and-white half-timbered houses erected during Tudor times, when the wool trade flourished.

Visit the Dana Prison for a guided tour – you'll be checked in like a prisoner before the 'guards' narrate the prison's grisly 200-year history. The prison was constructed in 1793 and closed in March 2013. You can also opt for an evening ghost tour.

Eleventh-century Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries by being converted into a parish church in 1540. Stop in and marvel at its 14th-century Gothic window. If you’re seeking more peace and solitude, bring a picnic to the Quarry, a 29-acre park situated on the River Severn.

Explore Shrewsbury Castle at the head of the river peninsula. Erected in 1070 by Roger de Montgomery during the Norman Conquest, it’s home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum and its uniforms, paintings, regalia, and weapons. For more history, explore the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery in the Music Hall, a Victorian building in the town centre.

Where to stay in Shrewsbury

Book a cheap hotel along Castle Street and you’ll be close to some of the best shopping destinations in Shrewsbury. Dogpole and St Mary’s Street are centrally located, offering access to shops, bakeries, restaurants, and pubs. Alternatively, book a Shrewsbury hotel close to Shoplatch and Mardol Head to be beside the iconic Shrewsbury Market Hall.

If you’re a history lover, look for accommodations along Princess Street and Market Street, which offer easy access to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The Quarry, Victoria Quay, and Frankwell areas put you close to River Severn and are within walking distance of the town centre. Claremont Hill is rich with historical features, picturesque architecture, and cobbled streets that lead to St Chad’s Church. Shopping fiends could check out hotels near Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury's main shopping area. It’s filled with independent shops stocking everything from designer wear to flowers and vintage items.

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