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Shrewsbury is a town in the West Midlands   (  the county town of Shropshire )  in England, about 60 kilometers west-northwest of Birmingham and 14 kilometers east of the Located on border with Wales. In the United Kingdom

Shrewsbury was founded around the 5th century by Roman refugees near the city of Viroconium (Wroxeter). Towards the end of the 8th century, the Saxons gave the town the name of Scrobbesbyrig from which the present name Shrewsbury derives. It bore the Anglo-Norman name of Sciropesberie then Salopesberie.

Today’s city is a center for culture and commerce.The city is an important junction of highways to Wales and five railway lines.The city is also known as the “Gateway to Wales” because of the A5 trunk road and its western railway line.

Access : Coordinates: 52.708, -2.754 / Shrewsbury is at the intersection of the major highways A5 (London – Birmingham – Anglesey), A49 (Wigan – Gloucester) and A53 (to Stoke-on-Trent and Buxton). The A5 links the city eastwards with Telford and the M54 motorway.

Highlights :

  •  “In Brother Cadfael’s Footsteps” is the motto for tourists to explore Shrewsbury on multiple routes marked with a monk’s footprint by metal plaques on the floor.
  •  Shrewsbury’s shopping opportunities are often lauded as the town not only has the traditional high street shops but also extensive and unusual, privately owned specialty shops. There are several main streets and shopping malls with Pride Hill being the main shopping location. This street and the two largest shopping centers offer everything the customer needs.
  •  Shrewsbury is the setting for the Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters. The main character of these historical detective novels is the Benedictine brother Cadfael from the local abbey.
  •  Shrewsbury Castle, built shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1074 by Roger de Montgomery and rebuilt in the 13th century. The castle was transformed into a residence by Thomas Telford in 1787 for Sir William Poultney, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury.
  •  Shrewsbury Abbey founded in 1083 by Roger de Montgomery. The fourteenth-century tower features a statue of Edward III, during whose reign it was built. / The English Bridge (pictured) and Welsh Bridge are Shrewsbury’s two main access bridges / Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, formerly the town’s theatre.
  •  Abbott House (circa 1500), located on Butcher Row. / Rowley’s House Museum, located on Barker Street. / The cathedral, Roman Catholic, seat of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. / Quarry Park. park next to the river. / St Alkmund’s Church, St Alkmund’s Square, SY1 1UH
  •  Shrewsbury School : A public school. Its building on the skyline constructed circa 1765, is Grade II listed. / Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, which was constructed circa 1910. / Shrewsbury railway station is built in a mock Tudor architectural style / Fish Street, the spire of Alkmund Church and the tower of St Julian’s Church.

Events : Shrewsbury Flower Show every August, lasting two days, in Quary Park for over a century / Darwin festival , The festival has readings, workshops and various artistic events.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities, Admire Typical Tudor and Georgian architecture on Wyle Cop / coffee gathering / shopping

Go next : Telford : a town in the ceremonial county of Shropshire, England / Oswestry : a town in Shropshire. / Wem : a small market town in Shropshire.

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