Shrewsbury, a city steeped in history from Tudor times is a great weekend break destination to take the family. This City is wating to be discovered by visitors with its lovely cafe culture, half timbered mansions and its castle and churches dotted throughout. With 660 listed buildings, you can explore by foot or jump on the Sabrina passenger boat for a 45 minute trip along the River Severn from Victoria Quay which meanders through the medieval streets and listen to the history of Shrewsbury.
Tudor craftsmen carved rebellious characters in the walls and this tradition is still maintained so look closely amongst its buildings to find Mick Jagger or Margeret Thatcher staring at you. Look out for Bear Steps Hall which is a set of medieval buildings restored by Shrewsbury Civic Society and houses varying exhibitions throughout the year.
Discover the historic town walls or take the family to visit Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, famous for being the hiding place of King Charles 11 in 1651 after the Battle of Worcester when young Charles made a misguided attempt to regain the throne after the execution of his father King Charles 1. White Ladies Priory, another of his hiding places can be found a short stoll away.
Or what about a trip to the Old Market Hall which was built during Elizabeth 1’s reign in 1596 and is now a modern cinema and cafe bar.
Charles Darwin, famous for his theory of biological evolution, was born in the City in 1809 so don’t miss his statue outside the library which was his former school. Have a great day out and take the children to Shrewsbury Castle which houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum where the family can see uniforms, weapons and a fabulous collection of art and memorabilia dating from 1700 to the present date.