Travelling to the charming market town of Shrewsbury is easy by train, and only takes half an hour from Ludlow.
This bustling town, nestled beneath Haughmond Hill, with the River Severn flowing through it, is renowned for its beautiful architecture and old world charm. Half timber buildings surround the town centre, whilst twisting alleys tempt you to go and explore.
One of Shrewsbury’s most famous landmarks is the Charles Darwin statue outside the library. Darwin was Shrewsbury born and bred, with the Darwin Trail commemorating his life, and the contemporary Quantum Leap sculpture right on the riverbank designed for his 200th birthday, Shrewsbury is justifiably proud of their ties with the great naturalist.
Wandering through the charming streets, you can’t fail to notice the figures carved into the timber framed buildings. Elizabethan artists, it seems, were displaying their sense of humour; however, today's craftsmen have continued the tradition by carving figures such as Margaret Thatcher, Mick Jagger and Paul Gascoigne, all blending beautifully with the style of the original work.
For something more active, why not hire a canoe and head out onto the water, or take a passenger boat ride on the glorious River Severn. There’s nothing like messing about on the river!
If a spot of retail therapy is your thing, Shrewsbury has all the high street big names, but the independent retailers are well worth browsing through, too. Showcasing a wealth of local talent, this is the perfect place to seek out gifts for loved ones, and yourself!
Shrewsbury is home to the innovative Paws Cafe, fussing the 11 resident cats as you relax with a coffee and slice of homemade cake is purrfect!
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