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A spotlight on the Castle Quarter

Named for Shrewsbury’s magnificent red sandstone castle, the Castle Quarter is a hive of activity. Stretching from Castle Foregate to St Mary’s and the top of Pride Hill, it is one of the main gateways to Shrewsbury’s town centre.

Castle Gates is an avenue of independent businesses, including health and beauty specialists, grocers, eateries and more. Leading up the hill to the town centre, you’ll pass many historically significant buildings, including Shrewsbury Library, Castle and the beautiful timber-framed Castle Gates House.

Connecting Castle Gates with Shrewsbury’s main shopping area, Pride Hill, Castle Street offers an exciting mix of independents and national favourites. Here you can pamper at independent salons, indulge in unique eateries, shop all the latest fashions and more! 

Did you know that the Castle Quarter is also home to four of Shrewsbury’s largest historic buildings?

Shrewsbury Castle overlooks the Castle Quarter, and much of the surrounding area. The first castle was built on this site in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, and was later extended under Roger de Montgomery. Due to its strategic placement and natural defence within the loop of the River Severn, the Grade I listed building played a significant role in the Welsh border wars. The Castle is open to the public and is home to the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum.

Shrewsbury’s Grade I listed library was the home of Shrewsbury School from 1550 until 1882, and played host to many significant men, including Charles Darwin. After extensive restoration work, Shrewsbury library was opened to the public in 1983

Shrewsbury Prisonpreviously known as The Dana, was completed in 1793 and named after Rev Edmund Dana. The original building was constructed by Thomas Telford, following plans by Shrewsbury Architect John Hiram Haycock. For many years Shrewsbury Prison was a place of execution which in older times was carried out in public and drew huge crowds in an unwholesome festive atmosphere. The prison was decommissioned by the Ministry of Justice in 2013 and is now open to the public as a tourist attraction offering a variety of tours and activities.

The body of Shrewsbury’s Grade II listed train station was built in the mid 19th century in mock Tudor style, complete with Tudor style carvings, designed to match the town’s architecture and compliment the nearby Shrewsbury library, then Shrewsbury School.

Eat & Drink

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Shop

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See and Do

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Stay

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