Shrewsbury, located in Shropshire, is a traditional market town in England. At one time the immediate area was an important woolen trade centre. The Welsh border is located only nine miles away and as a result there is a strong Welsh influence in the town. In fact, like many border town, Shrewsbury also has a Welsh name, which is Amwythig. There is plenty to see and do in the immediate area. The most well known sight in Shrewsbury is Shrewsbury Castle. There is also a regimental museum that is worth a visit as well. Of course, you might also wish to cross over in Wales to experience some Welsh culture while you are in the area as well.
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Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire and lies on the banks of the river Severn. It has been an important market town since medieval times and is home to over six hundred and sixty listed buildings. Some of these buildings are timber framed and date back to as early as the fifteenth century.
Shrewsbury castle overlooks the town from the top of a nearby hill. It is made from red sandstone and was built to protect the side of the town that wasn't already protected by the river. You can climb Laura's Tower to get views of the town and the rolling Shropshire countryside. As well as being a tourist attraction, the castle regularly holds weddings and occasionally the grounds are used for open air plays.
The Shrewsbury Flower Show has been running for over a century and takes place over two days in the middle of August. The show attracts around one hundred thousand visitors which means that if you intend to visit the town while the show is taking place you should book your hotel room in good time. As well as the exhibitions that take place, the show ends each day with a large firework display. Another major festival that takes place in the town is Shrewsbury International Music Festival which features music ranging from jazz and rock through to classical performances.
Amongst the famous people associated with the town is Charles Darwin, who was born here in 1809. He was born at the Mount House, which is now occupied by local government offices but visitors are still welcome to look at the grounds surrounding this large Georgian house.
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