Shrewsbury Castle commands fantastic views over the town and surrounding area. Dating originally from the 1070s it was 'restored' in the 18th century by Thomas Telford, who built the romantic Laura's Tower. In the main building is the Shropshire Regimental Museum, where, as well as fascinating displays, you will find staff ready to help with enquiries about your family's role in Shropshire's military life. The Circular Room at Shrewsbury Castle is licensed for civil ceremonies. The grounds are a magnificent setting for photographs and a varied programme of summer events. Quiz sheets are available to guide younger visitors around the displays.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Volunteer guides to escort partially sighted around museum - must pre-book
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Feb-May & Sept-Dec, Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10.30-4; Jun-Aug, Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10.30-5, Sun 10.30-4
Also in the area
About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
Places to Stay
Restaurants and Pubs
Why choose Rated Trips?
Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
The best coverage
Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.
Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.
Plan your next trip
Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.
Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.