Inside a loop of the River Severn, the Tudor town of Shrewsbury is a pretty town to visit. The ideal balance between things to do and places to go alongside rest and relaxation on a Shrewsbury spa day or break.
Setting the scene, the town is known for being the birthplace of Charles Darwin, for its imposing red sandstone castle and for the world-famous Shrewsbury Flower Show. Seasonally, visitors can enjoy a carnival, regatta and dragon boat race here. You might even choose to take a turn around Shrewsbury Prison - one of the country’s oldest jails. The Wroxeter Roman ruins are a major draw and on a more genteel note, the National Trust’s Attingham Park house and parkland is always a favourite.
To give an idea of the architecture, the town was once transformed into a Dickensian dream for a film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Today it’s brimming with shops, cafes and restaurants to explore so you can combine a little retail therapy with those spa days in Shrewsbury as well.
Shrewsbury’s spa hotels range from relaxed day spas to elegant country house hotels. Bannatyne Shrewsbury is surrounded by a 12-hole golf course and is perfect for a get together with friends before exploring the surrounding area. Head into the surrounding Shropshire countryside and Fishmore Hall is a romantic retreat. Meanwhile, those enjoying a few days at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire might like to take a day trip Shrewsbury as part of a luxury mini break.