With more than 600 listed buildings, Shrewsbury is a history lover's dream. It's far from stuck in the past though, there's a lot more to this medieval market town as we find out.
Shrewsbury Square is home to a monthly famer's market and the Made in Shrewsbury fairs. During the spring, the Cartoon Festival is held and in September, it's taken over by the International Street Festival.
Right in the heart of the square is the Old Market Hall. Based in a Grade I listed building with a history dating back to 1596, the hall is home to one of the UK's smallest and oldest cinemas. The Old Market Hall also boasts a stylish café bar inside, which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the splendor of this beautiful building.
From standing within The Square you can admire at least five centuries of architecture. Buildings range from black and white mansions to elaborate Victorian gables. Keep your eyes peeled for the impressive statue looking out onto the High Street - it's Clive of India who was Shrewsbury's MP and Mayor in the 1700's.
The Square is also home to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at the Music Hall which offers visitors the chance to discover a mix of the old, the new and the curious all within an extraordinary set of buildings. From a medieval town house to an early Victorian public rooms they span more than 750 years of history.
Shrewsbury has a history that extends back as far as the year 901 at least...
When visiting Shrewsbury town, you can't help but notice its intense historical feel, and it's no wonder why.
Packed with black and white character buildings, the town lies in the shadow of the dominating St Alkmund's Church, which is 1100 years old. Throughout the town there are at least 600 buildings of historical interest ranging from Charles Darwin's childhood home to Rowley's House. The street names in the town reflect the activity or profession that went on there. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Grope Lane remains the most famous.
Shrewsbury Castle has changed a lot over the years, but the oldest remains date back to 1066. In the late 18th century Thomas Telford remodelled the castle as a private house.
Now, the castle is home to the spectacular Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust which includes pictures, uniforms, medals and weapons dating back to the 18th Century.
Shrewsbury hosts a number of major festivals and unique events throughout the year...
The world famous Shrewsbury Flower Show attracts big names year after year, while Shrewsbury Food Festival offers visitors the best taste of what Shrewsbury and the surrounding area has to offer.
For music lovers there's the
Shrewsbury Folk Festival, which has been dubbed as one of England's top folk
festival and the ever-popular Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival.
Perfect Pint: A real hidden gem, tucked away in the back streets of Belle Vue, The Prince of Wales is a short walk from the town centre. The pub provides a coach service to every Shrewsbury Town home game, and before every match it comes alive with hopeful football fans. The pub is packed with the club's history and even has the chairs from the old ground! Despite being tucked away, there is a large decked beer garden and a bowling green.
Savvy Shopping: The Parade Shopping Centre is home to 30 unique shops and a terrace cafe overlooking the River Severn. Built in what used to be the Royal Salop Infirmary, the centre is
steeped with a rich history. Each shop offers something completely different and whether you're looking for bespoke jewellery, toys or models, there's a good chance you'll find it here. The shops are all under one roof so this is the perfect shopping
destination, come rain or shine. Result!
Superb Supper: We love a good enchilada and The Cantina Cafe (formerly knows as ME ME's Mexican) dishes up some of the hottest food in the county but don't worry, there's a fab range of cocktails to help cool you down after!
Wonderful Walks: The town centre is
a real Medieval maze and most of the streets are linked together by small
alleyways known as 'Shuts'. These are brilliant for exploring on foot
and we highly recommended you leave your car on the outskirts of the town use
the Park and Ride bus.