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We began our day at Shrewsbury Castle where we admired the historical estate and layout of the castle grounds. As we made our way across the street towards the Shrewsbury Library, we fancied a picture in front of the Charles Darwin statue where I couldn’t help striking a pose. We continued meandering through cute little side streets and made our way to Butcher Row. We then came across St. Mary’s Square, the Harry Potter themed store and medieval street Fish Street. As it was a snowy day we had to grab a cuppa tea at the River View Cafe before we headed back to check out of our hotel.
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Once we checked out we walked through the quarry over a footbridge to meet our family friend for lunch at the popular Shrewsbury destination, The Peach Tree. But before lunch, we perused the historical Shrewsbury Abbey, which is situated across the road from the restaurant.
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After a hearty meal at the Peach Tree, which offers a 3-course lunch for £12.50, we made our way back to the quarry and headed to Dingle Gardens.
We finished our day walking by Henry Tudor’s house and through Shrewsbury Square before catching our train back to London.
Historical Points of Interest
Flax Mill Maltings
Is a piece of valuable industrial revolution history built in 1797 and made the way for many of the skyscrapers you see today. It was the world’s first iron-framed building and is said to be the most important building of the industrial revolution until its closure in 1987. It’s located in the suburb of Ditherington.
It is free to enter but was closed during our visit
- April – October, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
- November – March, Saturdays only, 10 am to 4 pm
- Closed 24th and 31st of December
is a red sandstone castle built in 1070 by the Anglo Saxons. It sits on a hill overlooking the River Severn and served as a guard to the town. The gateway is the only Norman part of the building that has survived and is the location of the now Shropshire Regimental Museum.
Castle Admission Charges
Castle: Adults: £4.00
Persons of Pension Age: £3.00
Child & Student £1.00
Under 5s – Free
Charles Darwin Statue
Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin. He spent a significant part of his early life in the town. His statue stands outside the present day library which used to be the Shrewsbury School where Darwin once attended.
Was once the home of the town butchers but you can find all sorts of unique shops and restaurants today.
We happened to find a Harry Potter themed one off of Fish Street named Labyrinth. 4 Grope Lane
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Lies at the center of Quarry Park filled with colorful plants and shrubbery. These gardens have been open since 1878
List of Things to Do:
- Flax Mill Maltings
- Shrewsbury Castle
- Shrewsbury Library
- Charles Darwin Statue
- St Mary’s Square
- Butcher Row
- Fish Street
- River View Cafe
- Apple Yards
- The Post Office
- The Quarry
- Wyle Cop
- Henry Tudor House
- Shrewsbury Museum
- Market Hall
- Shrewsbury Square
- Dingle Gardens (closes early)
- Shrewsbury Abbey
- Peach Tree Restaurant
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