Explore Shrewsbury town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Shrewsbury's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Shrewsbury is a market town whose centre is defined by a large loop of the River Severn which surrounds it. Within the loop are higgledy-piggledy streets, timber-framed buildings, a castle dating back to the 11th century, a 16th century market hall where Welsh wool was once traded, and a 29 acre park with a formal floral masterpiece called The Dingle. To cross the Severn there's Welsh Bridge, or alternatively you can use English Bridge to reach the imposing and celebrated Shrewsbury Abbey.
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1. Castle to Quarry Park - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From Shrewsbury castle, dating back a thousand years, say hello to Charles Darwin – Shrewsbury’s most famous son. Travel down narrow streets alongside ancient churches, and the Tudor houses which make Shrewsbury so famous. See the Old Market Hall, a fabulous icon of the town’s trading past, before heading out to Quarry Park, and The Dingle, a lovingly landscaped sunken garden. Time for a rest, or playtime for the kids!
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed
2. Quarry Park to River Severn - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From stylish Quarry Park, make your way past the unusual 18th century St Chad’s church, before alighting upon its 12th century predecessor. Now walk beside the 13th century town walls, a Catholic cathedral, and up narrow passageways to Tudor Shrewsbury. Finish at English Bridge, with spectacular views of the River Severn, and Shrewsbury Abbey - inspiration for many, including the world-renowned Cadfael mysteries.
1 hourOK but diversion maybe needed
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).
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"What a charming place Shrewsbury is - really quaint - and the walks helped us find so much. Great idea, so novel! We'll definitely be doing some more.."
Latest Revision : August 2023