Founded by the Saxons and most extensively developed by Tudors, lies within a giant loop of the river Severn and is famed for its castle, spires, abbey, parklands and half-timbered medieval houses. But while you marvel at all those gorgeous black & white buildings, let’s not forget that most of them remain just what they’ve always been: shops. And that the variety of shops tends to be quirkier and more interesting than elsewhere.
Scrobbesbyrig to the Saxons, the county town of Shropshire is first mentioned in a charter of 901. Shrewsbury is stunning historic town with over 660 listed buildings and some very strange street names – Dogpole and Mardol, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane. Explore the cobbled streets and back alleys to discover the delights of this medieval town.
Guided Walking Tours from the Tourist Information Centre – everyday in summer, Saturdays in winter. Shrewsbury Abbey – Founded in 1083 and still a place of worship today. Shrewsbury Castle – imposing red sandstone. It guards the only land approach to the town. Inside the Great Hall is the museum of the Shropshire Regiments. The Museum and Art Gallery – housed in a 16th century timber framed warehouse and brick townhouse. Collections illustrate the rich history of Shropshire and Shrewsbury. St. Mary’s Church – beautiful medieval church, glorious stained glass.
Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury and all around you will find reminders of his association with the town. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering gentle riverside walks or you can enjoy a trip on the new pleasure boat Sabrina. Next to the river you can relax in the beautiful Quarry Park., location for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. Continuing on the floral theme, due to the proliferation of plants and blooms, particularly in the summer months, Shrewsbury is often referred to as the “Town of Flowers”.
In 2007 the town achieved remarkable victories for the UK in two prestigious international floral community competitions: Gold in the European Entente Florale Competition and winner of the International Challenge in the Communities in Bloom Competition. In 2006 the town was also awarded a Gold Medal in the National Britain in Bloom Competition.
Shrewsbury is a 45 minute drive from the Baron at Bucknell, so why not combine your visit to Shrewsbury with a stay in one of Shropshire’s finest country inns – where a roaring log fire, delicious home cooked food, a few pints of local real ale and a chat with the locals offers the perfect evening after a visit to Shrewsbury.