Shrewsbury is a bustling medieval market town set within a loop of the River Severn. With 660 listed buildings it boasts a wealth of architectural and archaeological features. The town centre is famed for its timber framed black and white buildings, narrow streets and passage ways. Shrewsbury is renowned for its forward-thinking attitude to its architecture, mixing heritage and conservation with a modern outlook and usage for many of its buildings.
Shrewsbury is on the doorstep of the Shropshire Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rich in geology, wildlife and ingrained with heritage. A short drive from Shrewsbury is English Heritage’s Wroxeter Roman City and the National Trust’s Attingham Park.
There is a thriving festival scene in Shrewsbury, hosting a wide range of music festivals including the renowned Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Fields Forever and The Big Busk, as well as the International Cartoon Festival, Shrewsbury Food Festival and the Shropshire County Show. Every year the whole town is awash with colourful blooms for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, showcasing not just plants and flowers but bringing together local food producers, trade stands and entertainment.
Shrewsbury is known for its fantastic arts scene which spans across a range of venues such as Theatre Severn, the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery and the Shropshire Visual Arts Network. However it also has a relaxed ‘Sunday afternoon’ culture of live music and comedy in bars and pubs across the town.
There are two cinemas in Shrewsbury. The Old Market Hall shows a mixture of mainstream, British and International films, and also hosts specialist events such as the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival. In addition to this, there is also a multiplex cinema a short walk from the town centre.
Shrewsbury has been chosen by Cycling England as a Cycling Town. It has fantastic access for cyclists in and around Shrewsbury and also out into the surrounding countryside. And for those who like to race, there is the Shrewsbury Grand Prix: a national cycling event that brings together thousands of enthusiasts and professionals from across the UK.
At Shrewsbury Sports Village you can find a range of sports and leisure facilities, including a gym, a range of pitches and an indoor climbing wall. A short journey to Telford will take you to the dry ski slope. If water sports are more your thing, then there are excellent rowing and kayaking clubs based on the River Severn (right next to the town centre), and public swimming facilities.
If watching sport is more to your taste then you may like to visit Shrewsbury Town Football Club, the Racecourse at Ludlow or watch the Shrewsbury regatta; an annual rowing event.
Shrewsbury offers a broad range of options, depending on what you’re interested in. Whether you fancy somewhere to catch up with friends, or late night dancing, there are lots of pubs, bars and clubs to suit all tastes.
Shrewsbury is a haven for food and drink lovers. Discover delicious foodie finds within a vibrant and diverse selection of restaurants, cafes, and delis, in and around Shrewsbury.