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Shrewsbury sits on a loop of the River Severn in Shropshire and is one of the best preserved towns in the UK for Tudor and Georgian architecture. As the focal town for the county of Shropshire it is a big draw for locals and tourists alike. Organising a hire car is ideal for exploring both the town and the wider area.
With more than 600 listed buildings and intriguing street names such as Grope Lane, Milk Lane and Butchers Row, there is much to see and explore in the town...
The town centre is set on a hill above the river and is packed with historic buildings, shops, hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. With ample parking it is ideal for your rental car, whether you use the central area car parks or the popular park and ride schemes on the outskirts of town.
Shrewsbury Castle is behind the railway station and dates back more than 500 years to the era of William the Conqueror - as does the Abbey. Having been a settlement for more than 100 years in total, Shrewsbury's wealth dates back to wool merchants, who used the town for the processing of wool from the nearby Welsh hills for domestic and export use. The many street names date back to medieval times when each particular activity of the town was concentrated on an individual street such as Coopers Row for barrels and Fish Street for fish.
Below the town centre you will find The Dingle and The Quarry, a complex of gardens that runs alongside the river. The area is ideal for walks, sitting in the park and scenic trips on the river in pleasure boats.
If you are in town at the right time of year you can enjoy the Darwin Festival. Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury and is celebrated with a statue and annual festival.
Once you have finished exploring the town centre and its black and white market square, you could make a short drive to one of the many garden centres in the area. Famous for being the home of the late Percy Thrower, you can visit the family business and pick up plants and seeds on an afternoon's visit.
Birmingham (BHX) or Manchester (MAN) airports are the nearest to the town and are within around one to one and a half hours' drive. You can pick up your hire car at these airports or at downtown locations in Shrewsbury. To find the best price on car rental, use TravelSupermarket's search tool at the top of the page.
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