If you love an historic market town then you’ll be in your element in beautiful Shrewsbury. Medieval streets bustle with shoppers, foodies head to the many restaurants, and wattle and daub buildings peer down over the streets below them. The perfect setting for one of those lazy breaks spent wandering cobbled streets without a plan for the day, Shrewsbury holidays are all about enjoying nostalgic England in all its glory.
The first thing that’ll strike you is the flowers throughout the town. When the summer months come around, their scent hangs in the air, and they proudly splash the town with colour. It’s easy to see why the town was named the eighth happiest place to live in the whole of the UK, and there are plenty of attractions to make your stay as fascinating as it is relaxing.
Things to do in Shrewsbury
There are over 600 listed buildings in Shrewsbury, and the good news is that many of them are still home to what they’ve always been – shops. If you love nothing more than to while away a sunny afternoon browsing quirky shops with character, you’ll find street after street of independent shops waiting to welcome you.
When it’s time to pop your bags down and take the weight off your feet for a little while, you’ll find some beautiful parks perfect for those al fresco lunches on the grass. The whole of Shrewsbury has a reputation for its beautiful bursts of colourful flowers, and what better way to relax than by lying back and cloud-watching for an hour or two?
The centre of Shrewsbury’s home to a maze of higgledy-piggledy streets with quirky names to boot. So to be honest, part of the fun of a Shrewsbury holiday’s just wandering and getting lost in them. Make sure you visit the statue of Charles Darwin, who grew up in the town, and if you’re feeling cultural you can head to the Theatre Severn and catch a show.
Places to visit in Shrewsbury
There are so many places to visit in Shrewsbury that it’s a good idea to take up one of the town’s walking tours when you get there so you can get your bearings and plot what you’re going to see. The Sabrina Boat takes visitors up and down the Severn, and if you can squeeze in time to take in the views from the water you’ll be treated to the sight of the town from a whole new angle.
Home to Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shrewsbury Castle’s packed with relics that tell the tale of the area’s military history. You can’t miss it, since it peers down on the town with its red sandstone walls, and the grounds aren’t only free to enter but they’re the perfect spot for a picnic during your holiday too.
One of Shropshire’s iconic landmarks, Shrewsbury Abbey started life as a Benedictine Monastery in 1083. These days, it’s as much a parish church as it is a tourist attraction, and visitors are welcome all year round. Look out for Wilfred Owen’s name on the Great War memorial inside, as the late poet lived in the parish between 1910 – 1918.
Restaurants in Shrewsbury
We mentioned that Shrewsbury’s something of a favourite with foodies, and you’ll find plenty of eateries with menus to tempt your taste buds. Whether you’re content to find a quirky tearoom and watch the world go by, or you’re planning on indulging in some fine dining during your stay, you’ll find plenty of choices.
One of the nicest things about eating out in the region, is that no two restaurants are quite the same. Often set in historic buildings that give them a character all their own, they tend to have impressive menus designed to showcase the tastes and flavours of Shropshire. For those pre-dinner drinks, the historic streets of the town come to life when the sun sets, as sophisticated bars and pubs get ready to welcome visitors in that friendly Shrewsbury style.
If you like your dinner and drinks with a story, then you’re in luck. Take Henry Tudor House for example. Set in a selection of half-timbered buildings, this restaurant and bar’s thought to be the very spot where Henry Tudor his on his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. See, you even get a tale with your pint…!