3. To The Castle
Turn left into Butcher Row, past the Prince Rupert Hotel and then right onto Pride Hill.
You are now in one of the town's main shopping areas called Pride Hill.
Walk uphill through the pedestrian section, past the shops and continue straight onto Castle Street until you reach a narrow entrance on the left, this is School Gardens.
This is the location of the Shropshire Archives, it’s an essential stop for anyone researching family or local history in the county.
The building houses a vast collection of records concerning the history of Shropshire, including many Parish registers.
Return back to Castle Street and beyond School Gardens you will see the magnificent Library building.
It was originally Shrewsbury School. Charles Darwin was educated here and you will see his statue outside.
Cross the road to visit Shrewsbury Castle. Founded by Roger de Montgomery in 1074, the castle has undergone many transformations, the last one being by Thomas Telford who ‘modernised’ the building in the 18th century.
Today the castle houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum with a spectacular collection of military artefacts including uniforms, weapons and medals.
An exhibition depicting the history of the castle is on display. There is a small fee charged for the museum, but it’s free to visit the grounds.