One of the finest Tudor towns in England – a good reason to visit Shrewsbury on your Shropshire cottage holiday! The town has a number of interesting attractions, including the Abbey, a site of pilgrimage for the relics of St. Winifred, whose bones are interred here, and the red sandstone Castle, which is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. In addition to these sights, Shrewsbury is just a lovely town to explore on a leisurely stroll, the sense of history oozes out from the half-timbered buildings, and the street names, that are indicative of the type of trading that once took place there including Fish Street and Butcher’s Row. The ginnels, passages and shuts of the winding mediaeval streets are great for wandering, beautiful half-timbered, overhanging buildings now house some very good shops, from high street names to lovely specialist boutiques, and there are some good places for eating and drinking. Or for a more purposeful wander, follow the Darwin Trail, and learn how evolution began, right here in the heart of England! Alternatively, enjoy Shrewsbury from the water, with a relaxing cruise along the river Severn.
The town’s museum is housed in a restored sixteenth century building, and holds, amongst many fascinating exhibits, some of the Roman artefacts uncovered in the nearby Roman city of Wroxeter. The ancient Market Hall in the town Square now houses an art-house cinema and café bar, ideal for relaxing, whilst those holidaying with children will enjoy becoming super-sleuths and tackling the Shrewsbury Quest; finding clues and solving murder mysteries inspired by the mediaeval detective stories of Brother Cadfael. Take a break and relax in the lovely gardens of the Quarry, a great spot for picnics, walking along the river and generally letting off steam. In August, this area hosts the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which features family entertainment, music and fireworks along with the thousands of vibrant and heady blooms that are on display.
A Shropshire cottage close to Shrewsbury gives access to many surrounding attractions, including the neoclassical mansion at Attingham Park, set in over 90 acres of deer park and arguably the county’s finest country home. Hawkestone Historic Park and Follies is another popular day out, as is the industrial archaeology to be found at the world-famous Ironbridge sites, and the ancient Roman city at Wroxeter, once the fourth largest in Britain, which are all within easy driving distance.
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