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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. 

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A 'Medieval Knight', alias Dominic Sewell, 34, from Peterborough, riding Tequila and holding Willow, a female Saker falcon, against the St Georges flag at London's Hyde Park Corner on St Georges Day.   *....They were there to launch the opening of ticket sales for English Heritage's forthcoming History In Action festival to be held at Kirby Hall,  Northamptonshire on the 10th and 11th August FREE EVENT

1 Battlefield 1403

This fascinating little complex is more than just a farm shop - it's one of the best butcheries in the UK, a well stocked deli counter, a cafe, a shop full of local goodies and a museum commemorating the Battle Of Shrewsbury. This is the place where English longbows were used by both sides for the first time.

When: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Dec 23, 7.30am-6.30pm, Dec 24, 7.30am-4pm, Dec 27, 31, Jan 2, 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, ongoing
Where: Battlefield 1403, Battlefield Farm, Battlefield, Shrewsbury. SY4 3DB
More Details: www.battlefield1403.com

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2 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 sometime 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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3 Walking Tour

A trained guide leads a circular tour of the historic town centre, which dates from medieval times and has no less than 660 listed buildings clustered in a maze of alleys known locally as shuts or passages. The street names - such as Dogpole, Mardol, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane - are some of the strangest in England.

When: Oct 1-31, Tue-Sat 2pm, Sun 11.30am, Nov 1-May 31, Sat 2pm
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.shropshire.gov.uk/guided-tours-of-shrewsbury/daily-walking-tours

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4 Shrewsbury Abbey

Most 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.

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, Dec 25 & 26, open only for services, 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

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5 Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Housed in renovated office and stables, the state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the story of the mill's role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen. A short animation and informative exhibits give a good sense of the area's history, along with oral history recollections of people who worked or were barracked there.

When: Apr 1-Oct 30, Fri-Sun 10am-4pm, Nov 5-Mar 25 2017, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25, Jan 2
Where: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury. SY1 2SZ
More Details: www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

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6 Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

Enjoy a moderate hike around the distinctive Shropshire landmark, which features a quartzite ridge formed some 480 million years ago. The impressive nature reserve is a haven for wildlife including peregrine falcon and red grouse, 28 species of dragonfly and 670 types of moth - see how many you can spot.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, The Bog, Minsterley, Shrewsbury. SY5 0NL
More Details: www.shropshire.gov.uk

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