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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel
The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel
3 out of 5
Atcham, Shrewsbury, England
The price is £70 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Situated in Shrewsbury, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Wroxeter Roman City and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lord Hill's Column. Haughmond Hill and Greenhous Meadow ...

4.2/5Very Good! (153 reviews)

"A lovely character hotel, our double bedroom was spacious and had a superb view of atcham bridge. The ensuite bathroom was excellent both in space and facility. The carpets in the stairway to the bedrooms is in need of replacement, that being my only criticism. The food is 10/10 in my opinion. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel
YE OLDE BUCKS HEAD INN
YE OLDE BUCKS HEAD INN
3 out of 5
53 Frankwell, Shrewsbury, England
The price is £55 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Situated in Shrewsbury, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, St. Mary's Church and Shrewsbury Castle. Shrewsbury Abbey and ...

3.8/5Good! (72 reviews)

"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Shrewsbury the staff and locals were very friendly and did all they could to help and made me feel very welcome highly recommended this hotel /pub"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

YE OLDE BUCKS HEAD INN
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury
3 out of 5
Sitka Drive Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, England
The price is £48 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (734 reviews)

"The staff were very nice and helped us with our needs. The family room was nice and spacious. A surprisingly good stay"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury

Popular places to visit in Shrewsbury

Hawkstone Park Follies
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Hawkstone Park Follies

5/5(8 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Hawkstone Park Follies, a lovely green space in Shrewsbury. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this relaxing area.

Shrewsbury Castle
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Shrewsbury Castle

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Find out about the history of Shrewsbury with a stop at Shrewsbury Castle. Savour the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Wroxeter Roman City
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Wroxeter Roman City

Learn about the local history of Shrewsbury with a stop at Wroxeter Roman City. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Old Market Hall
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Old Market Hall

4/5(6 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Shrewsbury when you stop by Old Market Hall. Savour the top-notch restaurants and lively bars while in town.

Henry Tudor House
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Henry Tudor House

Learn about the local history of Shrewsbury when you take a trip to Henry Tudor House. Savour the top-notch restaurants and lively bars while in town.

Haughmond Hill
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Haughmond Hill

Enjoy an outing to Haughmond Hill during your stay in Shrewsbury. Visit the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Reviews of Shrewsbury

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5/5 - Excellent

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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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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.

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