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Shrewsbury
Travel Guide

Marvel at the architecture in Charles Darwin’s birth town. Consider the town’s role in the Theory of Evolution, Industrial Revolution and Welsh-English relations.

The River Severn forms a semi-loop that rings off Shrewsbury’s medieval district. Culturally and historically torn between England and Wales, the lively market town has an important place in the narrative of Britain. Amble through the historic center for a sense of the area’s rich history and proud traditions.

Notice the names and traditions from Wales, whose border is just 9 miles (14 kilometers) west. Admire quaint Tudor architecture, epitomized by the Old Market Hall. Today, this restored 16th-century structure shows art-house movies and puts on cultural events.

Explore the five sections of the adjacent Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Alongside its Roman artifacts and artworks devoted to Darwin, the museum recalls the era of the woolly mammoth and the later development of Shropshire.

Take a river tour on the loop enclosing the historic center and follow the Shrewsbury Darwin Walk to learn about its favorite son. The trail begins with the modern art monument of Darwin Gate, whose lights mirror the effect of stained-glass windows.

See the real thing in the form of the 14th-century Jesse window in the opulent St. Mary’s Church, attended by Darwin as a schoolboy. Its spire is one of the tallest in the country, towering over Shrewsbury.

Nestled in the arch of the River Severn, the Quarry park provides the town center’s bucolic presence. Attend carnivals and regattas in the 29-acre (12-hectare) grounds, where the mesmerizing floral layout of The Dingle sunken gardens is quite impressive. Outside the town lies the Ironbridge Gorge, whose myriad museums illuminate its major role in the country’s Industrial Revolution.

Note that many pronounce the town’s name as “Shrowsbury.” In the heart of Shropshire, this village is a West Midlands stalwart just 48 miles (77 kilometers) northwest of Birmingham. Take a train to the Shrewsbury railway station or arrive at the nearby Birmingham Airport.

Darwin’s legacy embellishes the historic center within the river loop of Shrewsbury.

Top hotels in Shrewsbury

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
3 out of 5
Sitka Drive Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €41 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lord Hill's Column, Greenhous Meadow and Shrewsbury Abbey. St. Mary's Church and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (769 reviews)

"On site team doing there best In very difficult circumstances"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2020

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
3 out of 5
Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €46 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in the heart of Shrewsbury, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Shrewsbury ...

3.9/5Very Good! (584 reviews)

"Great stay at the lion, staff were friendly and helpful would definitely go again, location perfect for a day/night in Shrewsbury"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
Hawkstone Hall Hotel & Gardens
Hawkstone Hall Hotel & Gardens
5 out of 5
Hawkstone Hall, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €229 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hawkstone Park Follies, Hawkstone Park Hotel Golf Course and Hodnet Hall Gardens. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Fabulous weekend

"We were warmly greeted at the door and presented with a glass of champagne which was a wonderful start to our stay. The food and service was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The grounds are extensive. We would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Hawkstone Hall Hotel & Gardens
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Holiday Rentals in Shrewsbury

Long Mountain Centre
Long Mountain Centre
3 out of 5
Pleasant View, Rowley, Westbury, Shrewsbury, England

Situated in Shrewsbury, this golf cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Glyndwr's Way, Shropshire Hills and Powis Castle. Old Bell Museum and Montgomery Castle ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
First Class Chalet

"Excellent accommodation, spotlessly clean, superb service. Beautiful views and tranquil countryside, First class."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Long Mountain Centre
The Coaching Barns
The Coaching Barns
2.5 out of 5
The White Lion, 1 High Street, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €69 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Situated in Shrewsbury, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Wem Town Hall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hawkstone Park Hotel Golf Course and Hawkstone ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (192 reviews)

"Great location, clean and right next to a cracking pub what more do you need."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

The Coaching Barns
Roushill Bank
Roushill Bank
3 out of 5
10a Roushill Bank, Shrewsbury, England

Situated in Shrewsbury, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and St. Mary's Church. Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury ...

Roushill Bank
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