Shrewsbury

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Cosford Royal Air Force Museum showing aircraft and interior views

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.

The Bull Inn
The Bull Inn
3 out of 5
7 Butcher Row, Shrewsbury, England
Situated in Shrewsbury, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Shrewsbury Abbey and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (445 reviews)
"perfect location to explore shrewsbury town"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2021

The Bull Inn
Darwin's Townhouse
Darwin's Townhouse
5 out of 5
37 St Julian's Friars, Shrewsbury, England
Situated in Shrewsbury, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury Castle. Greenhous Meadow ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (150 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay here. It's a beautiful little boutique hotel. Incredibly comfortable bedding and the pillows felt very luxurious. A really lovely breakfast offering with a great selection of vegan options that I really appreciated. And just convenient to be located within easy walking distance ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Darwin's Townhouse
Lion and Pheasant Hotel
Lion and Pheasant Hotel
4 out of 5
49-50 Wyle cop, Shrewsbury, England
Situated in Shrewsbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Shrewsbury Castle and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (315 reviews)
"Great style, comfy bed and pillows. Lovely restaurant, very friendly staff. Good location - looking forward to returning!"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

Lion and Pheasant Hotel
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The Coaching Barns
The Coaching Barns
2.5 out of 5
The White Lion, 1 High Street, Shrewsbury, England
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (202 reviews)
"The rooms were very nice and clean - perfect for a short break. Modern shower room with nice towels and tea/coffee making facilities. Nothing was too much trouble we needed just texted the owners."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2021

The Coaching Barns
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 and Garden. Old Bell Museum and Montgomery ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Short stay
"Unfortunately we arrived very late after car trouble so not easy to find in the dark but directions were good. The boiler was turned off so cold inside and not very welcoming. No towels, toiletries, tea, coffee and a rather uncomfortable bed. Nice view and lovely position up in the hills but for ..."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

Long Mountain Centre
The Old Meadow Apartments
The Old Meadow Apartments
3 out of 5
The Old Meadow, Shrewsbury, England
Situated in Shrewsbury, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Shrewsbury Abbey and St. Mary's Church. Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Lovely apartment at a great location"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

The Old Meadow Apartments
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