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A Snapshot Into... Shrewsbury

  • September 06, 2021

Shropshire's county town, Shrewsbury, is in western England. It is surrounded by half-timbered buildings and stands within a loop of the River Severn. The town centre has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. Shropshire Regimental Museum is housed in the historic red-brick Shrewsbury Castle. Shrewsbury is located 9 miles (14 km) east of the Welsh border. The town's by-pass connects the A5 and A49 trunk highways, while Shrewsbury train station connects five railway lines. 

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of hospital services for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and North Powys. It runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, Oswestry Maternity Unit, and Wrekin Community Clinic, Euston House, Telford, in Shropshire, England.

The hospitals provide a wide range of acute hospital services including accident & emergency, outpatients, diagnostics, inpatient medical care and critical care. During 2012/13 the Princess Royal Hospital became the main specialist centre for inpatient head and neck surgery with the establishment of a new Head and Neck ward and enhanced outpatient facilities. It also became the main centre for inpatient Women and Children’s services following the opening of the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre in September 2014. Together the hospitals have just over 700 beds and assessment & treatment trolleys.

Facts about Shrewsbury

  • Shrewsbury has a rich literary history. From Ellis Peter's The Cadfael Chronicles to A E Housman's timeless Shropshire Lad, not to mention Shrewsbury's favourite son Charles Darwin and his On The Origin Of Species, giving Shrewsbury a tremendous legacy.
  • The longest river in the UK, the River Severn, flows through the town, forming a meander around its centre.
  • Shropshire is home to the world's first skyscraper, Ditherington Flax Mill, situated just outside of Shrewsbury. Built in 1797, the building was the first in the world to be built as a multi-story iron-framed building - the way that all skyscrapers are now built.
  • There are more rocks of different ages in Shropshire than any area of similar size in the world. Caer Caradoc is home to the world's oldest known complete fossil!

Cost of Living in Shrewsbury

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month in Shrewsbury

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for one person


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time It Takes to Travel by Train from Shrewsbury to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


2 Hour 39 Minutes


3 Hours 20 Minutes


1 Hour 54 Minutes


1 Hours 54 Minutes


4 Hours 43 Minutes


1 Hours 3 Minutes


1 Hours 55 Minutes


3 Hours 57 Minutes

Education in Shropshire

According to the government website, Shropshire has over 100 primary schools and 20 Secondary schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit their website.

University Centre Shrewsbury is a Higher Education Institution in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Established by Shropshire Council and the University of Chester, University Centre Shrewsbury opened in autumn 2014. They offer high-quality teaching, learning and research, set within the medieval and beautiful town of Shrewsbury. University Centre Shrewsbury is overseen by a Head of Centre. It is organised into subject area groups. Currently, these consist of:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Management
  • Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Things to do in Shrewsbury:

Shrewsbury Library

Shrewsbury has a long and impressive literary tradition. Shrewsbury Library, located on Shrewsbury's Castle Gates, is a bustling lending library where you can discover a wonderful selection of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, CDs, and DVDs.

The Quarry Park

This beautiful 29-acre park is located on the western bulge of Shrewsbury's River Severn loop, only a short walk from the town centre.

Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle, which stands at the top of Shrewsbury's river peninsula, was built following Roger de Montgomery's Norman conquest in 1070. The current red sandstone castle dates from Edward I's Conquest of Wales in the 13th century.

Boat Trips

From the beginning of March until the end of October, the Sabrina leaves from Victoria Quay every hour on the hour between 11:00 and 16:00. The excursion lasts 45 minutes, with plenty of picture opportunities on the way out and a running commentary from the captain on the way back.

Market Hall

The Market Hall, located beneath Shrewsbury's iconic clock tower, is a friendly shopping destination with stalls selling meat, fish, flowers, fruit and vegetables, baked products, specialty foods, and sweets.

Relocating to Shrewsbury

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