A guide to Shrewsbury

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  • 1.
    The town is renowned for its fine historic architecture with over 660 listed buildings including the 11th Century Castle and Abbey, set in the largely unchanged Medieval street plan.
  • 2.
    Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin.
  • 3.
    Shrewsbury is situated just 9 miles from the Welsh Border where the gentle hills roll out to the Cambrian Coast with its golden beaches and sheltered harbours.

Shrewsbury Area

At the centre of the beautiful and remarkably unspoilt county of Shropshire, the charming county town of Shrewsbury is situated in a loop of the River Severn. The town is surrounded by magnificent countryside and offers an excellent range of modern day amenities, bespoke shops, restaurants and is noted for its excellent schools both within the state and private sectors. The town is an important retail and commercial centre for both Shropshire and Mid Wales.

Surrounding Villages

  • Clive
    A delightful hilltop village close to Shrewsbury yet surrounded by wooded hills and far reaching views. It has a village shop, a primary school, a fine church and a number of clubs and societies run by its pro-active local community. There is even a local station which offers a request stop service.
  • Church Stretton
    A Victorian Spa town, Church Stretton nestles into the Shropshire Hills and offers excellent local amenities and access to some of the best country for walking, riding and cycling. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is renowned worldwide for its geology.
  • Much Wenlock
    Located to the south of Shrewsbury is the small medieval market town of Much Wenlock, noted for its stunning architecture, fine Abbey ruins and traditional shops and tea houses. It played a major role in the 19th Century revival of the Olympic Games, being the home of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society.
  • Aberdovey, Wales
    An easy train journey or picturesque drive from Shrewsbury, Aberdovey is a charming coastal village situated to the south of the Snowdonia National Park. Along with magnificent views across the Dyfi Estuary, it has a sheltered harbour, golden beaches and a world famous links golf course.


  • Shopping

    Shrewsbury is renowned for its bespoke shopping opportunities

    with a range of individual and well-known branded shops, the Market Hall and regular outdoor markets in the historic Market Square. There is a large variety of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs to enjoy both daytime and evenings out.

  • Eating

    The Walrus

    An intimate town centre restaurant run by an innovative young couple offering up a locally sourced menu of beautiful food.


    A relaxed family run business with outlets in both Shrewsbury and Ludlow. A globally inspired menu with excellent themed evenings.

    The Woodbridge

    Nestled in the Ironbridge gorge, next to the River Severn. An unbeatable setting and the perfect end to a dog walk or canoe trip! Family friendly.

    Pale Hall

    A fantastic fine dining restaurant in one of Wales’ finest country houses, surrounded by stunning countryside.

    Sea Breeze

    A laid back fish restaurant just a short walk from the beach. Sustainably sourced seafood and excellent selection of wine.

  • Drinking

    The Haughmond

    A traditional country pub with a well renowned range of real ales taking ‘pub food’ to the next level.

    Blind Tiger

    A trendy town centre bar serving a huge range of beers, cocktails and shorts. Excellent moody atmosphere with countless board games to keep patrons entertained.

    The Boathouse

    Beautiful riverside setting overlooking the town park. Heaving beer gardens in the summer and open fires in the winter months.


    A modern winery opened in 2018 with stunning views over Shrewsbury and the Shropshire hills. A growing range of home-grown wines and fine dining.

    Dickin Arms

    A comfortable dog friendly pub in North Shropshire run by an energetic team priding themselves on their use of local produce.