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Shrewsbury

discover the top things to see and do in Shrewsbury

Set amongst glorious countryside on the banks of the River Wye, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest medieval market towns. Packed with timber-framed buildings and quaint streets, this pretty town is home to the famous Shrewsbury Abbey and has over 600 listed buildings. It’s also known for amazing shopping, top restaurants, and a great nightlife. Head here for a relaxing weekend away in idyllic surroundings. 

Great events in Shrewsbury this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Shrewsbury this week

Best things to do this week in Shrewsbury

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1 Shrewsbury Folk Festival

With a reputation for securing some of the finest folk acts in the world, this year's dizzying line-up includes The Unthanks, The Wilsons, The East Pointers, Chris Difford, Loudon Wainwright III, the National Youth Folk Ensemble, Sam Carter, Seth Lakeman, Andy Fairweather Low And The Low Riders, and Peter Bellamy's folk opera The Transports.

When: Aug 25-28, times very
Where: Shopshire And West Midlands Agricultural Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury. SY1 2PF
More Details: www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk

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2 The Forgotten Tales

This magical one-man show, with original compositions by Jon Buckeridge, breathes new life into half-forgotten stories from around the British Isles. There are Irish kings, Welsh dragons, English knights, Scottish warlocks and Cornish cats. The resulting performance is a stunning compilation of ancient myths, poetry, folk song and humour.

When: Aug 27, 1pm-2pm
Where: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury. SY1 1TE
Contact: +44 (0)1743 234970
More Details: www.parablearts.co.uk

OCEAN CAMP: The drifting bivouac of the Expedition on the pack ice after the 'Endurance' sank. The figure to the left is Sir Ernest Shackleton. Next to him is Mr Frank Wild, 2nd in Command, who was praised by Shackleton as having been primarily responsible for the safety of the party. TICKETED

3 Antarctica: Life In A Hostile Land

This major summer exhibition maps human relationships with Antarctica and its inhabitants from the early 1900s, right up to the important scientific research conducted there today. There's a virtual-reality tour of the UK's Halley VI research station, photographs by Ben Osborne and original Antarctic video footage and mementos.

When: From Jun 5, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, ends Sep 17
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/?c24event=EVENT573336

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4 David Bethell: Synthetic Landscapes

This film installation, called Contraption: After Telford And Brown (From Boat, Carriage, Plough And Harrow To Bridge), is part of an international exhibition commissioned by Meadow Arts. The art show takes place at two sites - Shrewsbury Museum and Weston Park, and the work is a response to the contrasting landscapes of Shropshire.

When: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, last adm 4pm, Sun 11am-4pm, 3pm
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.meadowarts.org/exhibitions/synthetic-landscapes

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5 Day Trips

Sabrina is a triple deck, modern passenger boat capable of carrying 60 passengers in comfort. This popular 45-minute cruise - just the thing for tired feet - departs from Victoria Quay near the Welsh Bridge, gently sails to the English Bridge and then returns. The captain provides an interesting commentary about the sights along the river.

When: From Mar 1, Mar 1-Sep 30, Mon-Sun 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, Oct 1-31, Mon-Sun 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, ends Oct 31
Where: Sabrina Boat, Victoria Quay, Shrewsbury. SY3 8LH
More Details: www.sabrinaboat.co.uk

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6 Jailhouse Tours

Take a self-guided historical tour of Shrewsbury Prison - also known as The Dana - which was constructed by Thomas Telford in 1793 and closed in 2013. Learn more about its gritty and sometimes grim history and, if you're feeling brave, visit the prison as night time falls for Dana In The Dark: An Officer's Journey.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 4pm, except school hols Dec 17-Jan 3, Feb 18-26, Apr 8-23, May 27-31, Jun 1-4, Jul 26-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1-3, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5pm, closed Dec 25
Where: The Dana Prison, Shrewsbury. SY1 2HJ
More Details: www.jailhousetours.com

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7 English Heritage: Wroxeter Roman City

The site of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain invites you to step into the past and imagine how it must have been to live 2,000 years ago. A reconstructed town house and the remains of the bathhouse are available to explore, and you can learn more about the history through audio tours and displays.

When: Apr 1-Sep 30, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5.30pm, Oct, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, Nov 1-Mar 31, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, ongoing
Where: English Heritage: Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 6PH
Contact: +44 (0)1743 761330
More Details: www.english-heritage.org.uk

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8 Hawkstone Park Follies

With stunning views of the Shrewsbury countryside, the historic landscape park offers the perfect location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. As depicted in J W Salmon's poem The Beauties Of Hawkstone Park, the picturesque vista can be viewed in its entirety during a 2.5-hour hiking tour for enthusiasts with a reasonable fitness level.

When: Jul & Aug, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 3pm, Sep, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 3pm, Oct, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, and half-term
Where: Hawkestone Park Follies, Weston, Shrewsbury. SY4 5JY
More Details: www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

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9 Shrewsbury Abbey

Famous for its literary association with the Cadfael mysteries written by Shropshire writer Ellis Peters, this historical landmark was founded in 1083, and remains a place of worship. Its stunning arches and impressive organ are a sight to behold, as well as the remaining monastic relic - the refectory pulpit. Free to visit but donations welcome.

When: Apr 1-Oct 31, Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, last adm 3.45pm, Nov 1-Mar 31, Mon-Sun 10.30am-3pm, last adm 2.45pm, please check opening times if travelling a distance
Where: Shrewsbury Abbey, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6BS
Contact: +44 (0)1743 232723
More Details: www.shrewsburyabbey.com

Cattle in the park with the house in the background at Attingham Park, Shropshire. TICKETED

10 National Trust: Attingham Park House

This stunning 18th century mansion, built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, offers an insight into the rise and fall of his family's fortunes as well as a fascinating story of love and neglect. Enjoy a tranquil tour of the walled gardens, and learn about the building's history through informative exhibitions.

When: From Feb 1, Mar 4-Nov 5, Mon-Sun 11am-5.30pm mansion, last adm 4.30pm, Mar 4-May 26, Mon-Sun 8am-6pm park, last adm 5pm, May 27-Sep 3, Mon-Sun 8am-7pm park, last adm 6pm, Feb 28-Mar 3, Nov 6-Dec 31, Mon-Sun 8am-5pm park, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25, ends Dec 31
Where: National Trust: Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 4TP
Contact: +44 (0)1743 708 123
More Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

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