Our Town


Also known as… ‘The Royalist Town’ owing to its importance in the English Civil War; ‘The Town of Flowers’ owing to its superb parks & gardens, successes in the ‘Britain in Bloom’ contest and Internationally renowned Flower Show.

Shrewsbury is a historic city located in central England. It is famous for its architecture of medieval “black and white” buildings. It has green parkland in the centre with a river running round the town which residents and families like to walk, run and bike along. It is well-located for access to airports and excursion destinations are also in easy reach. Shrewsbury is a small, safe and friendly town with good shopping and leisure facilities.


Over 80 restaurants; 2 cinemas, providing 10 screens; professional football team.

Regional commercial centre; major shopping centre with chain stores and individual boutiques; all major UK banks.

Three indoor swimming pools; numerous well-equipped health & fitness centres; fishing, football, tennis, badminton, canoeing, horse-riding and archery all available locally.

Excellent rail & road links; Nearest Airports:- Birmingham (50 minutes by road); Manchester (70 minutes by road); Liverpool (70 minutes by road); Heathrow (2½ hours by road).

Although there is much to attract visitors, Shrewsbury is not overcrowded with tourists or other foreign visitors so it retains its English character.

Only one accredited English language school – Severnvale Academy.

Over 1500 years of history; traditional timber “black & white” Tudor houses dating from the 14th Century onwards; importance in history as an administrative & trading centre; well-preserved architecture from every Century; home town of Charles Darwin. Go to our Local Links page for more historical information. For a page of important or interesting dates in Shrewsbury’s history, click here.

A lively, wealthy traditional market & administrative centre, with a high standard of living; surrounded by the River Severn; officially recognised as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK; winner of the national politeness competition; very low crime rate; friendly and welcoming; unspoilt by tourism.

Beautiful rural countryside – ideal for relaxation, cycling and sport. Find out more about Shrewsbury and its environs by using the following links:


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