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ShrewsburyUnited Kingdom

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

The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
3 out of 5
Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €47 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (570 reviews)

"Nice charming hotel full of character from years gone by."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2020

The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
3 out of 5
Sitka Drive Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, England
Free cancellation
The price is €42 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

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! (748 reviews)

"the breakfast was excellent.The rooms were really comfortable. The decor was a bit tired ."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa
Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Ellesmere Road, Albrighton, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €92 per night from 28 Dec to 29 Dec

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from The Adventure Rope Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Battlefield Falconry Centre ...

4/5Very Good! (388 reviews)
Beautiful Hotel & grounds

"Beautiful hotel and grounds helpful and pleasant staff"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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 €64 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

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! (191 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

The Coaching Barns
Suite on the High Street
Suite on the High Street
4 out of 5
High Street, Shrewsbury, England
The price is €228 per night from 27 Dec to 28 Dec

Situated in Shrewsbury, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and Shrewsbury Castle. Shrewsbury ...

Suite on the High Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Shrewsbury

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17 Feb 2020

Beautiful town with great history and good market.

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jan 2020

A little jewel of a town, we liked it immensely. If you are interested in English history at all you must visit, particularly the new museum.

4/5 - Good

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5 Jan 2020

Loved the Tudor buildings

4/5 - Good

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22 Dec 2019

Good shopping and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Dec 2019

The Christmas lights are beuautiful

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Dec 2019

Great little market town with loads of pubs and independent shops plus all your mainstream ones. Big 3 floor shopping centre in town. Great antique/collector book shop just across the Welsh bridge from town.