There are many things to do in Shrewsbury in a day. Shrewsbury is an idyllic medieval city in the county of Shropshire in central England. It is also close to the Welsh border.
The UK has a lot of picturesque towns to explore that are full of character and Old English charm. And it’s some of these less well-known historic towns that make perfect weekend breaks or day trips.
A day trip to Shrewsbury is a must if you are traveling around the UK. With good transport links with Birmingham, Manchester and London, it is accessible too.
These are some of the things to do in Shrewsbury in a day, providing inspiration on how you can make the most of your time here.
Getting to Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury is well served by transport links from various major cities. The best way to travel to Shrewsbury is by train, meaning you can relax while enjoying the scenic route. Plus, you don’t have to worry about your car and finding somewhere to park. This can be expensive when using Pay and Display car parks. Trains run directly from Chester (taking 1 hour), Manchester (1hour 30 mins) and Birmingham (1 hour). It’s also easy to travel to Shrewsbury from London with only one change, which takes under 3 hours in total. Plan your journey in advance by reserving seats to make the journey stress free.
Explore the town of Shrewsbury by walking
One of the best things to do in Shrewsbury is to take in all the sights by walking. The town centre is within a loop of the River Severn, all within walking distance. From the train station, head south on Castle Gates and onto Castle Street. This will take you towards the shopping area.
You can also take a walk along the river. From the train station walk down Castle Gates and then turn left onto Smithfield Road. This runs alongside the river on the North-West side of the town. It’s lovely and peaceful by the river, and you will feel completely carefree.
Enjoy a show at Theatre Severn
Theatre Severn is a contemporary theatre showing plays and other live performances. There are also touring shows playing here, so be sure to check out what’s on in case you have time to see a matinee. The Theatre Severn is on the opposite side of the river, near the University buildings. Walk across the Frankwell Welsh bridge and turn right – you will see the theatre building on your right.
While you’re exploring this side of the river, you can also turn left onto Frankwell. There you will find a few restaurants, pubs and shops. The The Pour House is a cosy café in the day serving amazing milkshakes, and a cocktail bar at night. It was very busy when I went and couldn’t get a table, but next time I will be sure to go back.
Lunch with riverside views
Walk back over the bridge and onto Victoria Avenue. Along the left side of the path you will see stylish restaurants to choose from. The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen offers stunning riverside views in a modern restaurant. It is suitable for an intimate meal for two or for dining as a group. Serving a range of Mediterranean cuisine and British classics, there is also a lunch set menu. This was extremely good value as the food that was served was very high-quality. The Riverbank also offers happy hour cocktails from 5pm – even on a Saturday!
Take a stroll in The Quarry
After a relaxing lunch, there is nothing better than a leisurely stroll to help it settle. The Quarry is the main park and provides a scenic route for walkers, joggers and dog walkers to enjoy the fresh air. At certain times of the year The Quarry is host to different events, including Shrewsbury Regatta and Shrewsbury Flower Show. There’s a walkway path through the park, which will take you onto Claremont Hill and back into the town centre. This is where the main shopping area is.
Unique shopping experience
Shrewsbury has an abundance of shops, from small independents and boutiques to all the high street chain shops you can think of. You could easily spend an afternoon enjoying a big shopping spree or even just window shopping. There are plenty of narrow back streets off the main high streets to explore, but one thing you will notice is the number of ups and downs. This is especially true if you’re carrying lots of shopping bags! The Wyle Cop has a particularly steep downhill gradient as you walk towards the river. This makes for a more tiring climb back to the top. However, there is a quaint little café halfway along to provide a much-needed rest stop.
Stop for a warming hot chocolate
This café is aptly called Café on the Cop and serves homemade cakes as well as a selection of hot and cold food. The creamy hot chocolate is a perfect treat for when it’s chilly outside, and will warm you through completely. There is a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere so you will quickly feel at home. Plus, if you want to read a book, this is also possible in the quiet setting. With plenty of things to do in Shrewsbury, you may need the break!
Amazing cocktails at St Nicholas
If cocktails are more your thing, and you’ve got time for one last stop before catching the train back, St Nicholas is the ideal spot. Located on Castle Street, St Nicholas is a converted church that is now home to a café, restaurant, spa and hotel. It has, however, retained its architectural features creating a beautiful setting for a cocktail or two. Try the apple flavoured cocktail, it’s delicious!
Aside from the many shops, restaurants and cafes, Shrewsbury also has other tourist attractions to discover. If you have time, you can also visit Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, or take a Jailhouse Tour.
There are plenty of things to do in Shrewsbury in a day, the challenge will be fitting everything in that you want to see. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.