Open: Depends on production. This is Shrewsbury's main performing arts venue. There is no resident company - performances are either touring productions or local amateur productions. The age of the building and lack of backstage space limits the types of performances which are able to be produced here, and for this reason, a new arts venue is being planned for Shrewsbury to replace the Music Hall. The Music Hall also houses Shrewsbury Tourist Information Centre. Entry price: depends on production.
Films usually show at approx 14:30, 17:30 and 20:00 daily. Originally opened in 1596 as a Market Hall in the centre of Shrewsbury, this Elizabethan building is now an arts cinema showing foreign-language and artistic films of considerable variety. There is also a cafe-bar and digital arts exhibition. £5 for films (''£3.50 for students, over-60s and disabled people. Free for Digital Arts exhibitions and cafe-bar'').
This seventeenth-century house on Barker Street houses the municipal art gallery (on the ground floor) and museum (on first and second floors). The museum charts the development of Shrewsbury as a city from pre-historic times to the modern day in an interesting series of exhibitions. Each room in the museum takes a different period and attempts to recreate what Shrewsbury was like at that time. Free.
Shrewsbury Castle was built in the eleventh century. The castle now belongs to Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council, and houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum, and an exhibition about the history of the castle. The grounds are also pleasant to walk in and explore. Also site for outdoor drama productions and other events in the summer.
Summer: Mon-Sat, 8AM-5PM; Winter: Mon-Sat, 09:00-13:00 (From 13:00 the outer vestibule and St Aidan’s chapel are open until 17:00.). Church dating from 1792, has a unique circular nave.
The Shrewsbury Library, which is in a historic building close to the castle, offers free internet access with registration.
Town Walls: Pugin church - notable for its fine stained glass by Margaret Rope.
In Old Market Hall - a nice cafe and free wifi in the centre of town.
Stained glass windows dating from 14th-19th century.
This property includes 2 championship golf courses.
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire, which is a large and rural county in what is known as the Welsh Marches. The border with Wales is only 9 miles away and there is considerable Welsh influence in the county. As Shrewsbury is the largest town anywhere near most parts of Mid Wales, you may hear Welsh spoken in the streets by some shoppers and daytrippers from over the border. The town even has a Welsh name - Amwythig - and many other towns in Shropshire have Welsh names as well as their English ones.
The population of the town is now just over 70,000. It is not the largest town in Shropshire - that is Telford.