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April 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Angela

“A historic English town which retains it’s medieval charm.”

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Last visited:

14th April 2013 – 15th April 2013

Shrewsbury was a ‘stop-off’ point for us on our way to North Wales. I am always drawn to staying in quainter historic market towns rather than bigger cities, simply because they usually are nicer to walk around. Shrewsbury didn’t disappoint on that front. The town really has kept it’s ‘old feel’, with the layout of the town seemingly unchanged over the years. The centre of the town is littered with narrow streets and lanes, which are full of cute looking shops and cafes.

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An old Tudor house

We stopped at the Pantry Kitchen cafe for lunch, located on one of the small side streets in the centre. It seemed to have a ‘split personality’, offering brunches and lunches by day and then switching to being a cool bar / cantina by night. We tucked in to a sandwich and chips each, sat at the counter which was quite quirky, running all the way round the food preparation area! The food was really tasty and I would certainly be tempted back if I lived a bit closer.

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The Old Town Hall cinema

Being there on a Sunday meant that, unfortunately, a lot more of the town was closed than I had anticipated. The castle (also the Regimental Museum) was shut on Sundays so we had to make do with looking at the outside and peeking through a gap in the castle gates! It didn’t matter too much though because there was enough to see just wandering around the town. The centre was full of old tudor buildings – it was wonderful! We also walked under the Old Town Hall which is now a converted cinema. The time / film showing didn’t suit for us to go, but I have read that the ceiling in the cinema is supposed to be the original Tudor construction.

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The Dingle

The river Severn loops round the town in a horseshoe shape, reminding me of Durham. At the middle-edge of Shrewsbury is a park called ‘The Quarry’ which has a path along on the river, providing a pleasant stroll. Within The Quarry there was also something called ‘The Dingle’ which turned out to be a small garden. It was a really delightful visit, not least because it was full of tulips and other spring flowers which were late arriving to our neck of the woods.

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Our room (taken from B&B’s website)

We stayed at the Trevellion Bed and Breakfast about a mile outside of the city centre. It was a hassle free walk, the only tiring part being the hill going in to Shrewsbury centre, but that was only a short hill! The B&B itself was beautifully done-up. The house was an old town house, with a bright and airy feel. We got a good sized room on the first floor, with a modern shower room ensuite. The bed was really comfy and the location was very peaceful. They also did something that is very rare for any hotel / B&B – they provided proper sized cups for tea!

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My normal sized cup for tea (tea has been drunk!)

For dinner we ate a local chain, Bistro Jaques, which offered french-style cuisine. The food was really tasty – we started with minestrone soup which was the best I have had for some time. Sam then lamb whilst I had salmon with pea puree. All meals came with a generous side dish of potatoes and vegetables. We were well and truly full when we wandered back to the B&B.

All-in-all I enjoyed out stay in Shrewsbury. It was a shame so much was shut whilst we were there (it does seem odd that a town trying to appeal to a tourist market would be so heavily closed for half the weekend at the start of the ‘season’) but it was a nice stop regardless. I don’t think I would recommend making a long drive just to go there, but if passing in the vicinity, it is definitely worth stopping over for a night and taking a leisurely look round.

Useful links:

Trevellion House Bed & Breakfast

Visit Shrewsbury website

Our pictures (with Wales pictures too)

 
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