Shrewsbury is a vibrant, unique county town steeped in history with pretty cobbled streets bursting with shops, bars and restaurants, wonderful listed buildings with beautiful architecture and the stunning quarry park.
State schools include The Priory School, which has been awarded grade 1 outstanding by Ofsted, Sundorne School and Meole Brace Secondary School which have both given good ratings by Ofsted. There are also several highly regarded independent schools. Shrewsbury High School is a day school for girls aged 3 – 18 and boys aged 3 – 13, Prestfelde School has day and boarding facilities for girls and boys aged 3 – 18 and Shrewsbury School, with a grade 1 outstanding Ofsted rating, has both day and boarding facilities for girls and boys aged 13 – 18.
Shrewsbury Railway Station is a beautiful listed building with 5 platforms which have regular services to Manchester, Birmingham and London as well as Chester, Cardiff and Swansea. Commuting by car from Shrewsbury is quick and simple with major road links running past the town. The M54 leads onto the M5 or M6 for travelling south to Birmingham, Bristol or London whilst the A5 leads north to Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and beyond.
Eat and Drink
Around every corner in Shrewsbury is a great restaurant, bar or café. Whether its breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and drinks, there’s a place for it.
Henry Tudor House
Hidden in the heart of the town, in one of the most historic half-timbered buildings, Henry Tudor House is renowned for its delicious award winning food, specially selected wines and beers and live music. A private luxurious vaulted function room is also available, ideal for special occasions.
The Armoury is a traditional pub and restaurant overlooking the River Severn. Full of charm with a relaxed, warm and cosy atmosphere, it’s always a popular choice. The menu offers fresh British food from burgers and steak to fish and salads. Sunday lunch is amazing here too.
The Porter House
The Porter House is a fresh, contemporary bar and grill with a vibrant atmosphere. A menu of American classics, with a British twist, are served with a friendly attentive service. Whether you are wanting brunch, lunch or dinner, the Porter House has something for everyone. If you’re going for brunch, we recommend the pancakes!
House of The Rising Sun
In a beautiful cobbled side street, House Of The Rising Sun is a contemporary luxurious bar and restaurant, specialising in modern Australasian cuisine cooked in a European style. Dishes include tempura, sushi and sashimi, wagyu steak and belly pork.
In the same cobbled street is The Libertine, a coffee and cocktail bar with a relaxed atmosphere and quirky British décor. A range of teas and coffees with cakes and pastries are available through the day with a variety of cocktails available in the evening. It’s definitely one of the best bars in town for cocktails.
Situated on the river bank, The Boathouse has large decked sun terrace overlooking the river and the beautiful quarry park. Inside features log fires, exposed beams and picture windows framing the view. With a relaxed atmosphere, the menu features classic pub food with a twist and a selection of the best wines, beers and spirits are served. Live music provides entertainment outside on the terrace during the summer months.
Things To Do
Sitting above the river, Theatre Severn is one of the main venues of Shrewsbury and in the words of comedian Jason Manford ‘easily one of the top 5 theatres in the country’. With two auditoriums, the theatre has regular shows including live music, dance, comedy stand up, plays and events for children.
Shrewsbury has a range of wonderful independent shops selling jewellery, clothes and shoes, interiors and bridal. The delicatessen on Wyle Cop is always popular with fresh breads, cheese, preserves and unusual ales. Some national retailers including; French Connection, Joules, White Stuff, House of Fraser and Laura Ashley and Waterstones.
The two day food festival is held every June in the picturesque Quarry Park. With over 200 artisans talking and demonstrating how their produce is made, opportunities to try new foods and artisans selling their produce as well as live music and children’s entertainment, the food festival is a family event which is hugely popular. We advise booking your tickets early.
The two day flower festival is a nationally renowned event, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. With flower arranging and cookery demonstrations, trade stands with everything from flowers and crafts to food and drink, entertainment arena’s including live music, showjumping, displays from The King’s Cavalry, stunt displays and children’s activities, it’s a prestigious event and a highlight of the calendar with our favourite part being the evening firework spectacular. They may be some of the best we’ve seen!