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Must-see historical sites in Shrewsbury

Posted: 22 June 2021

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Shrewsbury is steeped in history. While the town is renowned as the birthplace of famed naturalist Charles Darwin, it also boasts some of the UK’s most striking museums and architecture.

From one of the country’s oldest prisons to an ancient red sandstone castle, this quaint town is teeming with mystery. Meander through its medieval streets and uncover its hidden wonders at these historical sites: 



1. Shrewsbury Castle

Situated in the neck of the River Severn, Shrewsbury Castle is one of the primary attractions of this medieval town. The castle was originally constructed by the order of William I in 1067 but has since undergone multiple restorations. On-site is also the Shropshire Regimental Museum which houses an impressive collection of military memorabilia dating back to the 18th century. 

2. Shrewsbury Abbey

This town is home to several religious sites, but Shrewsbury Abbey is perhaps the most notable. Situated in the heart of the town, Shrewsbury Abbey has been a place of worship since the Anglo-Saxon era and brims with historical and spiritual significance. The abbey was founded by the Norman Earl of Shrewsbury in 1083 and has grown into one of the most influential abbeys in England.  

3. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Situated in the town square, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is the county’s flagship museum and art gallery. From 3,500 ceramics dating back to the 18th century to early stone tools and relics of Shropshire’s industrial past, the museum houses some of the country’s best-kept secrets. Explore England’s rich history on a tour here or enrol in one of their courses and learn all there is to know about Shrewsbury’s fascinating past. 

4. Wroxeter Roman City

Once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, Wroxeter gives visitors an inside look into how our ancestors lived more than 2,000 years ago. Nearly the same size as Pompei, the site features the remains of a bathhouse as well as a reconstructed townhouse. With strict COVID-19 measures in place, people can safely explore the ruins on a guided audio tour. 

5. Shrewsbury Prison

Although an unconventional trip, people flock from around the globe to tour Shrewsbury Prison. As the world’s most interactive prison, there is plenty to do here for the whole family! A prison cell escape game, archery practice and angle and axe throwing are just a few activities on offer. Visitors can also choose from a range of tours including a ghost tour! 

If you’re looking for a place to store your luggage or household contents while you’re away, then Storage King has you covered. With our flexible contracts, wide range of unit sizes and affordable prices, you can wander Shrewsbury without a worry. Contact us at 0800 0852 954 to find out more about our different size units and flexible lease agreements. You can also get a quick and easy quote online.

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