This lovely town boasts a Norman castle but is best known for its Jacobean and Tudor-style buildings that grace its streetscapes.
The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury
Tel (01743) 281200
Open summer Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm; winter Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
National Express (tel 0870 580 8080) coaches go from Shrewsbury to Birmingham and London.
The train station on Castle Street has trains to Aberystwyth, Birmingham (New Street), Cardiff, Crewe, Hereford and Ludlow.
Arriva runs Shrewsbury's local buses. A one-day ticket good for unlimited travel on Arriva buses costs £3.50. For £4.70 you can buy a day ticket valid on all Arriva buses in the Midlands allowing you to travel as far as Derby or Leicester.
The castle was originally built in 1066 with many additions made during the following few hundred years. The castle is home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum, which has a collection of uniforms, medals and weapons from the 18th century to the present day.
Tel (01743) 358 516
Open 18 Feb-31 Mar Wed-Sat 10am-4pm; Apr-May Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Jun-Sep Mon 10am-4pm, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Shrewsbury Museum is housed in a 16th century timber-framed building and an adjoining 17th century stone and brick mansion. It features displays on archaeology, natural history, local history and fine art.
Barker Street, Shrewsbury
Tel (01743) 361 196
Open Jan-Mar Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Apr-May Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; May-Sep Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm