One of the main draws to the unique market town of Shrewsbury is its architecture. Filled with buildings from the medieval era, the town's bustling streets hold a certain charm unlike any other town in the country. Though St. Mary's Church pre-dates a good deal of the buildings in Shrewsbury, its Gothic architecture blends naturally into the dramatic skyline. With so many excellent central hotels to pick from, there's never been a better time to visit this magical town.
A Charming Image of Norman Form
Every component of St. Mary's Church exudes a certain beauty, but probably the building's most striking architectural element is its spire, which can be seen from across the town. Even to this day, the sheer and sharp spire remains one of the tallest church spires in the United Kingdom.
Moving inside, what quickly becomes clear is the detail and richness of the coloured stained glass in the church windows. The glass is considered to be the church's main treasure, having been brought in from all over Europe between the 14th and 19th Centuries. Various other decadent furnishing and opulent monuments give the interior a unique feel.
Shrewsbury: Hotel Heaven
With so many gorgeous buildings lining the streets of Shrewsbury, it's no surprise that the town is home to some spectacular hotels as well. While the town offers something for every price range, there are more accommodation options for those with a good-sized budget.
In the centre of town, picturesque buildings are situated close to the many restaurants and bars of Shrewsbury. In the day, visitors benefit from a vast array of independent shops, as well as a host of sights.
The Gateway to Shropshire
It may be true that Shrewsbury itself is home to an embarrassment of riches, but there's plenty more to get out and see in the stunning rural surrounds of wider Shropshire. The rolling hills and patchwork quilt fields provide the ideal environment for taking advantage of one of the many luxurious and expansive hotels in the county. Alternatively, small villages like Coalport and Much Wenlock are filled with small guesthouses which serve as ideal bases for active walking holidays.