What survives today is a red sandstone construction, mainly dating from the reign of Edward I when a rebuilding and strengthening programme was initiated. Over the years the castle lost its defensive significance and fell into a state of decay but the main building was restored by Thomas Telford in the 1790s and retains rare examples of his work as an interior designer.
The castle was captured by Parliamentarians in 1645 and was eventually surrendered to the crown in 1660, once Charles II was restored to the throne. The king then granted Shrewsbury Castle to Sir Francis Newport of High Ercall in 1663. The castle remained in private hands until 1924 when it was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council), who undertook a process of restoration and opened the castle to the public in 1926. Today Shrewsbury Castle houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum including spectacular collections of pictures, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia from the 1700s to the present. If you head up to Laura's Tower built by Thomas Telford, you'll be standing on the original motte, the site of the first Norman castle.
Admission to the Castle grounds are free, with a charge to enter the Castle and Regimental Museum.
|Child||£1.00||Under 5's free|
Please see website for opening times.
From A5/A49 j'n follow signs for Meole Brace, then follow signs for Town Centre. At second roundabout turn left & continue to follow Town Centre signs. Over English Bridge & up Wyle Cop, following one-way system. Turn right onto Barker St. At traffic lights turn right onto Smithfield Rd. Stay in right hand lane and follow signs to Raven Meadows Multi-Storey Car Park. The Castle is on Castle St by the railway station and five minutes walk from the car park.
Tel: 01743 358516
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