Shrewsbury: Best Things to Do

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Shrewsbury is a famous city in United Kingdom for its historical destinations. Tourists here will enjoy many adventure traveling to the past.

You can enjoy the beauty of flowers arrangement in The Quarry Park

While in the town, you should try their iconic Shrewsbury cakes

Shop souvenirs and everything you might need in The Darwin Shopping Centre

Majestic churches to pray in peace are also available, such as Shrewsbury Abbey and Church of St Mary the Virgin

Famous destinations here are Shrewsbury Castle, Haughmond Abbey, Shrewsbury Prison, and more.



Our picks for sightseeing in Shrewsbury are Shrewsbury Castle and The Quarry. Shrewsbury Castle is easily the most popular tourist spot in the town. It’s a home for historical collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust such as pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons, and many more. The castle also often used as licensed civil ceremonies such as weddings. This place is perfect for such occasion because of its beautiful and lovely setting.

The next place for sightseeing is The Quarry. It’s a beautiful 29-acre park, surrounded by the loop of River Severn. It’s a perfect place to have a quiet and peaceful stroll while looking at their scenic bedding plants and shrubbery. It also hosts the biggest annual event of Shrewsbury Flower Show, with arena entertainment, fireworks, bandstand, lecture marquee, food hall, children’s area, and many more.

Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle’s opening hours is different each season

The admission fee to enter the castle building is GBP 4.00 for adults, GBP 3.00 for persons of pension age, and GBP 1.00 for child ages 5-17

Access to the Castle Grounds is free

Address : Castle St, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT, United Kingdom

The Quarry

The Quarry hosts Shrewsbury Flower Show for two days in August, it’s when the park is most crowded

The colourful flowers arrangement is such an eye-candy

Stroll along the river for a serene and delightful walking experience

Address : Shrewsbury SY1 1JA, United Kingdom


If you want to experience downtown ambience of Shrewsbury, go to Shrewsbury Abbey and Church of St Mary the Virgin. Both are places to worship in Shrewsbury, with its own majestic architectural setting. The Abbey Church is open for private prayer, meditation, and reflection. It was first found in 1083 and survived until now as a Parish Church.

Just like Shrewsbury Abbey Church, Church of St Mary the Virgin is also historical with world famous stained glass as well. The spire is one of the tallest in England, dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury town for over 500 years.

Shrewsbury Abbey

Enjoy a peaceful visit and pray in Shrewsbury Abbey, with majestic architecture, columns, and stunning stained glass

You can get insights about history of medieval times as well in this church

Visitors are free to enter the building, no admission fee and accessible by disabled people

Address : 25 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6BS, United Kingdom

Church of St Mary the Virgin

There are a lot of ancient font, Medieval stone carving, interesting monuments in the church

The ceiling features carving of oaks, with profusion of animals, birds, and angels

There are no parking facilities at the church

The church has on-site café and shop

Address : St Mary's Pl, Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1DX, United Kingdom


The Darwin Shopping Centre is located at the heart of Shrewsbury’s shopping district. It’s a home for a wide range of shops: from well-known fashion stores such as Topshop, Topman, H&M, JD Sports and River Island to household favourites, and cafes. Each shops has its own theme and atmosphere – certainly making efforts to be as attractive as they can be for customers.

Darwin Shopping Centre

The Darwin Centre and Pride Hill opens daily from Monday to Saturday at 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM and from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Sunday

It’s a children and pet friendly shopping place

The facilities include parking, toilets, disabled access, and free wifi

Address : Raven Meadows, Shrewsbury SY1 1PL, United Kingdom


While in Shrewsbury, you should try their classic English dessert, Shrewsbury cakes or biscuits. What makes it unique is that they have crisp texture and sometimes it features fruits. Generally, Shrewsbury cakes has a hint of lemon in its taste. As for the beverages, you can try their local beer and sodas.


In terms of culture, Shrewsbury has a lot to offer especially its music and art. The town hosts many festivals especially in spring and summer, such as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Cartoon Festival, Shrewsbury Bookfest, Cycle Grand Prix, Dragon Boat Festival, and Coracle World Championship.
The town is also home for many museums, such as Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle which houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum, and Coleham Pumping Station.


Because of its festive atmosphere, Shrewsbury is mostly visited by tourists during Spring and Summer. You can enjoy the local ambience and experience participating in their festivals. However, in terms of weather, the best time to visit Shrewsbury is from June to September. It’s when Shrewsbury reach its warmest temperature.


Our picks for hotels in Shrewsbury are The Shrewsbury Hotel and Lion & Pheasant Hotel. The Shrewsbury hotel has a very close distance to the Shrewsbury Castle and Darwin Shopping Centre, reachable only in 10 minutes by walking. The hotel is overlooking the Severn River, which is the perfect scenery to make yourself feel relaxed.

Lion + Pheasant Hotel is also a perfect place to wind down and rest after touring in Shrewsbury. The building is a combination of historic quality and contemporary design, making your stay feel even more relaxed. The room’s theme is dominated by white color and wood material.

The Shrewsbury Hotel

The Shrewsbury Hotel has free wi-fi access and on-site bar

Every room is complemented with tea and coffee making facilities

The hotel’s location is very strategic, close to the tourist attractions in Shrewsbury

Address : Bridge St, Shrewsbury SY1 1PU, United Kingdom

Lion + Pheasant Hotel

The parking is quite small with first-come-first-serve system

An on-site bar is available, offering local ales, wines, and cocktails

All room-bookings includes breakfast

Address : 49-50 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1XJ, United Kingdom


For restaurants, we recommend you to visit Henry Tudor House and Riverbank Bar + Kitchen. Henry Tudor House is a restaurant in Shrewsbury famous for its building’s location. The restaurant is located in one of the most historic half-timbered buildings in Shrewsbury, where Henry Tudor sought refuge on his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Another restaurant we recommend you to visit is Riverbank Bar + Kitchen. This restaurant is a combination of Mediterranean cuisine and British classics. The atmosphere in this restaurant is more informal, so you can enjoy your mean in an unpretentious restaurant – just yummy foods and comfortable place.

Henry Tudor House

The interior design of the restaurant is elegant, with chandeliers and iron birdcages

There is a live acoustic in the restaurant

It’s a perfect restaurant to meet your colleagues or just hanging out with friends

Address : Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1XA, United Kingdom

Riverbank Bar + Kitchen

Riverbank Bar & Kitchen also serve a wide selection of cocktails

Live music is available

Enjoy fresh fish and shellfish smoked, seared, grilled, or broiled

Address : Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Shrewsbury SY1 1HH, United Kingdom


You certainly will want to wind down and relax after taking a stroll around Shrewsbury, and visiting a café is always a good idea. The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse is ready to serve you excellent coffee, complemented with delicious bites and awesome staffs. The location is very convenient as well.

However, a café isn’t always indoor – you can get outdoor café experience in Lily’s Riverside Tea Garden. The flowers and trees around the tables will spoil your eyes, not to mention that it’s overlooking the river. It’s like you’re in a fairytale. They serve breakfast, light lunches and afternoon teas. We don’t know what’s more peaceful than sipping your tea with a lovely setting like this one offers.

The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse

The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

It’s a dog-friendly café

Expert baristas are ready to serve you excellent coffee

Gluten free and vegetarian options are available

Address : 5 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AE, United Kingdom

Lily’s Riverside Tea Garden

Lily’s Riverside Tea Garden is close to the bus station on Smithfield Road

The decoration is lovely and pretty unique, with stuffed monkeys hanging on trees, lantern-lit grottoes, swans gliding across

Seating for 50 people

The staffs are known to be friendly

Address : Severn Terrace, Smithfield Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 1PF, United Kingdom


Enjoy an exciting nightlife in Shrewsbury by Albert’s Shed. Not only serving foods and a wide range of wines and cocktails , Albert’s Shed often features singers and bands to play in the bar.

Albert's Shed

The menu’s always changing – get ready to be surprised

The bar only opens to public on certain evenings, it’s quite exclusive – like a secret club

Comfy seating are available

Address : 8 Barker St, Shrewsbury SY1 1QJ, United Kingdom


Let’s get back to history and immerse the atmosphere of it by visiting Wroxeter Roman City. It’s a museum with audio tour and objects kept from 2,000 years ago. The museum area features ‘The Bath House’, ‘The Old Work’, ‘The Roman Town House’, and many more. You’ll get to relive the era by visiting this place in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Prison or ‘The Dana’ is another interesting place in Shrewsbury you can visit. It was a functioning prison from 1793 to 2013, and then transformed into a tourist place intended for education. The guided tours are led by ex-prison officers. There is an area dedicated for laser maze, an escape room, and axe throwing. You can see what happened behind a high prison walls from the Victorians to the 21st century.

Wroxeter Roman City

The site features snack and gift shops

The staffs are very knowledgeable and ready to help

Parking is free

Address : Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PJ, United Kingdom

Shrewsbury Prison

Visit their hanging room for a creepy prison experience

Parking is available in front of the prison

An on-site café is available

Address : The Dana, Shrewsbury SY1 2HR, United Kingdom


Shrewsbury certainly has lots of instagrammable corners including all the places we mentioned above, but our honorable mention goes to Haughmond Abbey. It’s a ruined medieval monastery located only a few miles from Shrewsbury. The site is now under the management of English Heritage and open to public during summer. You can story-tell to your Instagram followers about this historical ruins.

Haughmond Abbey

Haughmond Abbey is open in Summer, Sunday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

No admission fee to enter the area

Great for children as well

Address : B5062, Shrewsbury SY4 4RW, United Kingdom