Explore Shrewsbury

A good way to start your exploration of the town is at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery which houses amongst lots of other things, Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre. Guided tours are available here, as well as Shrewsbury town maps to point you in the right direction. Explore the Darwin Town Trail as it takes you to the significant places around the town that influenced a young Charles Darwin and helped shape him into one of the world’s most famous people – download Darwin town trail leaflet here

Stroll along the path beside the River Severn from the Welsh Bridge to the English Bridge, through The Quarry Park and Dingle, or take a boat trip on board Sabrina Boat (with live commentary about some of the sights you pass along the way).

Shrewsbury has several historic sites and attractions to explore – just use our handy attractions and activities search or follow some of our links below...

The Quarry Park in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is fortunate to have its own 29-acre parkland known as The Quarry. Throughout the year you’ll find a host events taking place at The Quarry Park, including The Carnival, Shrewsbury Regatta and Dragon Boat racing to name just a few.

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Shrewsbury's Shops

It’s a little known fact that the Tudors were closet shopaholics. It was they who laid out the plans for Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s county town, and only such ardent shoppers could have made its streets such a haven for this most popular of pastimes. 

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Shrewsbury’s Shuts and Passages

Older parts of Shrewsbury bristle with narrow medieval passageways, or shuts as we call them in Shropshire. Their names often reflect what was once sold there – Grope Lane being a good example! Today they're filled with independent shops and places to eat and drink.

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The Square in Shrewsbury

The Square is at the heart of Shrewsbury and is home to The Old Market Hall cinema and café bar, one of the UK’s smallest and most historic cinemas. The entrance to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is also on The Square.

Enjoy markets and outdoor entertainment throughout the year. Shrewsbury Square regularly hosts two markets every month including Made in Shropshire and Shrewsbury Farmers Market. In the spring during the cartoon festival, you can get your caricature drawn while you wait.

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Shrewsbury Castle 

Shrewsbury Castle houses collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.

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Churches in Shrewsbury

Find out more about Shrewsbury's 'steepled crest', so called by the poet A E Housman in 'A Shropshire Lad'. Those steeples belong to St Mary's, St. Chad's and St. Alkmund's.

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Shrewsbury Abbey

When people think of Shrewsbury Abbey, they often think of Brother Cadfael. The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters are inspired by medieval Shrewsbury and the character of Cadfael is a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewbsury Abbey in the first half of the 12th century.

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Shrewsbury Library 

Shrewsbury Library was previously Shrewsbury School where local lad Charles Darwin studied before attending University, hence the Darwin statue you can see today.

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The Bellstone 

A young Charles Darwin’s first introduction to geology was a granite boulder, called the Bellstone, situated in Morris Hall courtyard in Shrewsbury town centre.

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A few fascinating facts about Shrewsbury which may also inspire a few more visits...longest running flower show in the World? Check.

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