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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


1 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
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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

2 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, ongoing
Where: Battlefield 1403, Battlefield Farm, Battlefield, Shrewsbury. SY4 3DB
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3 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 2000 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: Nov 1-Mar 31, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, Apr 1-Sep 30, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5.30pm, ongoing
Where: English Heritage: Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 6PH
Contact: +44 (0)1743 761330
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4 Mr Darcy Loses The Plot

As the demure novelist Jane Austen sits writing, her fictional hero Mr Darcy enters the room wearing an aloof expression and very tight pants... Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding have been writing and performing together since 1985, and have cornered the market in literary send-ups which are at once erudite and very silly.

When: Apr 1, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
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5 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
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6 Evolution Explored

This outdoor exhibition explores the theme of evolution through Magnum Photos' historic archive. Inspired by Shrewsbury's links to Charles Darwin, the 10-week display consists of 40 powerful, historic and contemporary photographs which raise questions about Darwin's legacy in modern society.

When: From Feb 9, Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ends Apr 23
Where: St Mary's Square, St. Marys Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1EQ
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7 Rhyme Around The World

Seven Stories, The National Centre For Children's Books, presents an exhibition aimed at pre-schoolers featuring artwork by some of the most popular children's book illustrators. The theme is nursery rhymes - and as well as pictures there will be verses and multi-sensory experiences for the little ones to enjoy.

When: From Feb 18, Tue-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm, ends May 7
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
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Cattle in the park with the house in the background at Attingham Park, Shropshire. TICKETED

8 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: 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
Where: National Trust: Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 4TP
Contact: +44 (0)1743 708 123


9 The Big Busk

There's a tragic story behind the establishment of this annual festival of street music. But it's turned into something very life affirming as hundreds of buskers gather in shops, cafes, bars, pubs and open spaces in the town centre to perform all day and into the evening in aid of the Shrewsbury Ark - a drop-in centre for vulnerable people.

When: Apr 1, 10am-12midnight
Where: Various Venues, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LH
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10 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, please check opening times if travelling a distance
Where: Shrewsbury Abbey, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6BS
Contact: +44 (0)1743 232723
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