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Henry Tudor House

Tucked off Wyle Cop, this seriously overhanging black-and-white beauty was built in the early 15th century and is where Henry VII stayed before the Battle of Bosworth. Today it melds old and new with a zinc bar, a l…
Church in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

All that remains of a vast, cruciform Benedictine monastery founded in 1083 is the lovely red-sandstone Shrewsbury Abbey. Twice used for meetings of the English Parliament, the abbey church lost its spire and two wi…
Historic Building in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Prison

Built in 1793, this was a working prison as recently as 2013. Today tours are led by former prison guards: when you arrive, you're 'processed' as a prisoner and escorted into the general population wing, before havi…
Church in Shrewsbury

St Mary's Church

The fabulous interior of this tall-spired medieval church contains an impressive collection of stained glass, including a 1340 window depicting the Tree of Jesse (a biblical representation of the lineage of Jesus) a…
Cafe in Shrewsbury

Number Four Butcher Row

Tucked away near St Alkmund's Church, this bare-boards split-level cafe is best known for its fantastic breakfasts, from eggs Benedict to bacon baguettes or a full English with freshly squeezed juices. Light lunches…
Cafe in Shrewsbury

Ginger & Co

A successful crowd-funding campaign propelled the opening of this airy, L-shaped cafe filled with upcycled furniture. It's a great option for a light brunch or lunch (avocado on artisan toast with oak-smoked streaky…
Pub in Shrewsbury

Boathouse

Linked to the town centre by the 1923-built Porthill suspension footbridge, this Tudor-style inn on the banks of the Severn has a glorious beer garden with umbrella-shaded tables and a decked terrace overlooking the…
British in Shrewsbury

Drapers Hall

The sense of history is palpable in this beautifully preserved 16th-century hall, fronted by an elegant Elizabethan facade. Contemporary British cuisine, such as pan-seared duck with braised rhubarb, is served in ro…
Cinema in Shrewsbury

Old Market Hall

Shrewsbury's soaring, stone Old Market Hall, dating from the 16th century, contains the town's pocket-sized cinema screening art-house, classic and children's films as well as live-streamed ballets and concerts from…
Modern British in Shrewsbury

Golden Cross

Overwhelmingly romantic, this candlelit inn dating from 1428 has an upmarket pub menu (port- and clementine-glazed baked ham, pot-roast ox cheek) and five exquisite guest rooms (doubles £75 to £150) with luxurious t…