Top ten things to see and do in Shrewsbury
1.Shrewsbury Square and Old Market Hall. Plays host to monthly Farmers Markets and Made in Shropshire Fairs and the spring Cartoon Festival.
2. The Shrewsbury Castle. Home to spectacular collections of pictures, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia from the 1700’s to the present day, found in the Shropshire Regimental Museum inside the castle.
3. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery Look out for temporary exhibitions by cutting edge artists, Roman artefacts, many discovered at nearby Wroxeter, and work inspired by Charles Darwin who was born in the town. The Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery also has a permanent exhibition of pre-history and a roman gallery.
4. The Bellstone Cross the road from the Market Hall to the entrance of Morris Hall (marked by a pair of black, iron gates) and discover a large granite boulder set within a small courtyard. Known as the Bellstone, this remnant from the last Ice Age was Darwin’s first introduction to the science of geology.
5. St Chads Church designed by George Stuart (who also designed nearby Attingham Park) is where Charles Darwin was christened in 1809 and where lies the grave of Ebenezer Scrooge – a prop left over from the filming of ‘A Christmas Carol’.
6. Sabrina Boat. Sabrina boat is a passenger boat on the River Severn in Shrewsbury and sets sail from Victoria Quay, next to the Welsh Bridge. Sabrina offers scheduled day trips and private hire
7. The Quarry is Shrewsbury’s beautiful, 29-acre parkland, encircled by the majestic loop of the river Severn. Don’t miss the beautiful walled garden in the centre called The Dingle.
8. Shrewsbury Prison. The current prison buildings are Victorian, built in 1868 but there has been a prison on that site since 1793. The prison was decommissioned by the Ministry of Justice in 2013 and you can now arrange tours and even
9. Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the first iron framed building in the world and is proudly known as the “grandfather of all skyscrapers” 10. The Market Hall,. Beneath Shrewsbury’s iconic clocktower is the town’s award-winning indoor market.Cosmopolitan cafés, artisan producers, vintage sellers, quality gift boutiques, artists and craftspeople all thrive alongside traditional fresh fruit and veg stalls and family butchers who have been trading for up to 100 years.