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Lying in a loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is known for its spectacular black and white Tudor buildings, magnificent Quarry Park, castle, churches and abbey. This historic market town's layout has been largely unaltered since medieval times, retaining many intriguing narrow streets and passages.
There's delightful countryside just outside the town, with the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh border just 20 minutes away, yet the West Midlands conurbation is still within easy commuting distance.
Property in Shrewsbury draws influences from across the centuries, and house prices in Shrewsbury remain attractively affordable compared to other areas of the UK.
The range of homes incorporates Victorian terraces and villas, flats in modern town centre developments, 1930s semis, Georgian townhouses and contemporary detached properties.
The town also has a range of spacious dormer bungalows and Grade II listed cottages, with plenty of rural residences on the outskirts.
The birthplace of Darwin, Shrewsbury is home to over 650 listed buildings, including several examples of fifteenth and sixteenth century timber framing. Shrewsbury Castle, a red sandstone fortification, and the Abbey, once a Benedictine Monastery, were founded in the eleventh century.
The hidden corners, squares and lanes of the town house a plethora of specialist shops, traditional pubs and local restaurants. Committed shoppers will also take great delight in strolling round pedestrianised Pride Hill, and the Darwin Shopping Centre.
There are antique stores on Frankwell and on Princess Street, and fresh local and regional speciality foods on offer at the indoor market at Shoplatch, along with plenty of cafes and tea shops for richly deserved breaks.
Also in the middle of town, the 29-acre Quarry, a beautiful park, is the setting for the annual two-day Shewsbury Flower Show, a 125-year-old local institution and one of the oldest in the UK. The local summer festival brings theatre, music and visual arts to Shrewsbury every summer.
Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn is a new playhouse and arts centre in a superb riverside setting on Frankwell Quay, a main gateway into the town.
Five railway lines connect the town to most corners of Shropshire and the wider West Midlands region. There are also regular trains to Wales and the North West. Travel to London Euston direct or by changing at Birmingham New Street or Wolverhampton.
The town is linked to the national road network and nearby towns via a number of roads. It connects to the M6 and the motorway network through the M54.
There are eight comprehensive secondaries, including ones with Science, Arts, Technology and Sports College status.
Two independents, Shewsbury School and the High School, have excellent reputations, while the town also has a string of primary schools with "outstanding" Ofsted rankings. Post-16 education is provided by Shrewsbury Sixth Form and Arts and Technology colleges.
This is a gem of a historic town in a delightful corner of England. Its many attractive properties benefit from the convenience of easy road and rail access, making it an ideal base for professionals as well as families.
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This material was last updated on 02 February 2016. It covers the period from 03 January 1995 to 30 December 2015.
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