How To Spend 48 Hrs In Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury; Town of Flowers, Home of Charles Darwin, & Where the 'Grandfather of The Skyscraper' was Built. However you know Shrewsbury, we're here with a little taster of how to spend a 48hr mini break in this beautiful town.
Morning - Start the day by exploring Shrewsbury Museum & Gallery. Formerly known as 'The Music Hall' it hosted acts such as The Beatles in it's hey-day and is now proudly the county's flagship museum & art gallery. 'Various exhibitions are held throughout the year and it is a great, family friendly place to visit, currently offering free entry!
The Museum sits at the back of The Square which is one of the most picturesque focal points in the town centre and hosts various markets each month, selling handmade items from local artisans to excellent food - a great place to pick up some breakfast for tomorrow! The Square is also home to Daily Brews which is an excellent spot for your morning coffee or to grab some lunch. As guests of Leonis Estates, you can also take advantage of a 15% discount!
Afternoon - The Quarry is a must-see when visiting Shrewsbury and is a hugely popular spot for tourists and locals alike and is easily explored on foot, or you can hire an e-bike and take advantage of the discount for staying with us! The 29 acre parkland is encircled by the River Severn and provides a different perspective of the town. Highlights to see are St Chad's Church, proudly sitting at the top of Claremont Bank overlooking the Quarry and bonus points if you manage to find Ebenezer Scrooge's headstone that was left in the graveyard after the filming of A Christmas Carol in 1984. The Dingle is sunken garden in the middle of The Quarry with beautifully stocked flower beds, specimen trees and a pond with fountains - an excellent place to feed the ducks!
Evening- After all that exploring, you must have built up quite an appetite but luckily, one of the most picturesque bar/restaurants is located just across the other side of the river. The Boathouse is a Grade II listed, timber framed building, dating back to the late 16th Century and has a large terrace outside so you can watch the swans swim past and the sunset whilst tucking into some excellent, traditional English food - your 10% discount will make it taste a little sweeter too!
Alternatively, if you wanted to head back to get dressed up for the evening, Flame & Flute is located a little bit closer to the apartments, just at the back of The Square who also offer our guests 50% off a bottle of wine when two main courses are ordered, or to get in the mood at the start of your night, you can enjoy 2 cocktails for £10! Be sure to have a look at The Square lit up in the evening and The Old Market Hall which is an imposing building in the centre, built by the Guild of Drapers in 1592.
Morning - After breakfast, why not make your way behind the train station to Shrewsbury Prison? Dating from the late 1700s and still used as a jail up to 2013, the prison is now a fascinating tourist attraction and you can book an Escape Room or a tour.
A short walk across The Dana bridge takes you past the train station and up the hill to Shrewsbury Castle. From the summit of the Norman motte you get a good view over town, and inside the red sandstone building you’ll find a vast collection of memorabilia related to Shropshire’s regiments.
Opposite the Castle is Shrewsbury Library, which was formerly Shrewsbury School and where Charles Darwin attended - see the statue of him outside. Even if you're not looking to borrow a book, it is an excellent place to explore - see if you can spot the graffiti carved into the stone window sills hundreds of years ago!
For a good, filling lunch you should pop down to Beefy Boys. These award winning burgers are freshly ground Herefordshire beef and the boys themselves even have a hugely popular YouTube channel - veggie options are available too! Treat yourself and get a 10% discount here too when you stay with us!
Afternoon - How about a little shopping? Shrewsbury is blessed with a plethora of independent shops, many of which can be found on Wyle Cop, said to be the longest uninterrupted row of independent traders in the UK. Shops not to miss include Appleyards (the best deli in town), The Soden Collection (contemporary art), Wyle Blue World (lifestyle and homeware), and Tanners (prestigious wine merchants with wines showcased in its atmospheric cellars).
Make a short detour across the English Bridge to Shrewsbury Abbey. Impressive as it is now, it was much larger back in Norman times and surrounded by the monks’ community buildings – across the road by the car park you can see a 14th-century refectory pulpit, where the monks would have read out psalms during meals. Highlights inside the church include medieval tombstones carved with effigies. Heading back towards town, just over the English Bridge on the left hand side you will find The Lion & Pheasant which is the perfect place to stop for some refreshing cocktails or dinner. The restaurant serves locally sourced, seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting. The à la carte menu is complimented with a comprehensive wine list, and the Head Chef and his talented brigade have been awarded two AA Rosettes for their menu innovation and skills. Being a guest of Leonis Estates you can enjoy 10% off your food here or for something lighter like a cheeseboard or sharing platters and wine, head next door to Ernest & Co, where you will also receive a 10% discount!