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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 Two

The Wightman's in-house professional theatre company presents Jim Cartwright's hilarious two-handed study of a northern pub, its eccentric customers and its warring landlord and landlady. The play won the Manchester Evening News's Best New Play Award in 1989 and has been continuously in production ever since. Starring Holly King and Adrian Monahan.

When: From Jun 27, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, no perf Jun 30, Jul 6, ends Jul 8
Where: The Wightman Theatre, 14a The Square, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LN
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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

2 Antarctica: Life In A Hostile Land

This summer exhibition explores the evolution in 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
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3 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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4 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: Jan 1-Apr 30, Sat 2pm, May 1-Oct 31, Mon-Sat 2pm, Sun 11.30am
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
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Jasper Carrott wins the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards 2008, ITV London Television Studios, Upper Ground, South Bank, London TICKETED

5 Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock

The veteran comic and national treasure (he was awarded an OBE in 2002) regales the audience with his inimitable stand-up routines before introducing his friends, former The Move and ELO musician Bev Bevan, who performs with his band, and Geoff Turton from the Rockin' Berries. This show is proof that the best wine is to be found in old bottles!

When: Jun 26-28, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
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Shrewsbury Castle.
Copyright: Shropshire County Council. TICKETED

6 Shrewsbury Castle

The impressive red-stone castle - which was built as a defensive fortification for the town in the 11th century - now houses a collection of pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust which dates back to the 18th century.

When: Feb 20-May 26, Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am-4pm, May 27-Sep 10, Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm, Sep 11-Dec 16, Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am-4pm
Where: Shrewsbury Castle, Castle Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 2AT
Contact: +44 (0)1743 358516
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7 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
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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: 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


9 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: 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
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10 The Quarry Park

The main recreational park in Shrewsbury was created in 1719 and spreads over 29 beautifully landscaped acres within a loop of the River Severn. One of its most famous features is the picturesque Dingle flower garden, which was designed by legendary TV gardener Percy Thrower and which has seasonal floral displays all year round.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, 8am-4pm, Apr, 8am-6pm, May-Aug, 10.30am-6pm
Where: The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury. SY1 1RN
Contact: +44 (0)1743 239186
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