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Why Shrewsbury?

FACTS

Population: 100,000

County: Shropshire

Region: West Midlands

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  • Beauty:
    • Gold - European Entente Florale Competition
    • Gold - International Communities in Bloom
    • Gold - National Britain in Bloom 2016
    • Champion of Champions - National Britain in Bloom 2014
    • Winners - RHS Britain in Bloom Tourism Award

 

  • Health:
  • People:
    • 1st place - Friendliness and Politeness 2015
    • 2nd place - Happiest town in the U.K 2015
  • Fun:

 

top 10 reasons to choose shrewsbury

1. The Town

Shrewsbury is a quintessentially English, medieval market town nestled among the Shropshire hills on the border with Wales. The streets are "a delightful jumble of winding medieval streets and timbered Tudor houses leaning at precarious angles" (Lonely Planet).

Shrewsbury’s nickname, "the town of flowers", is well deserved seeing as it won Gold in the European Entente Florale Competition and the International Challenge in the Communities in Bloom Competition. The town was also awarded a Gold Medal in the National Britain in Bloom Competition.

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The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys are rich in geology and wildlife and ingrained with heritage...
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3. The Food

According to a recent study by the Royal Society for Public Health, Shrewsbury is the healthiest town in the entire UK!

Few other counties in England can compete with the quality and diversity of Shropshire's local produce. When you visit the many markets, laden with fresh fruit and veg' and see the butchers, bakers and delicatessens that are on almost every corner; you'll soon see why Shropshire is a gourmet's idea of heaven.

Ludlow alone has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else outside London. Of course, Shropshire’s smorgasbord isn’t just about Michelin Stars. The effect of all this gastronomic excellence on our local pubs, restaurants, and tea-rooms throughout Shropshire has also been profound.

10 best restaurants in Shrewsbury - Tripadvisor

 

"A vibrant music and arts scene makes this compact town a dynamic destination" - The Guardian Travel Review
"A vibrant music and arts scene makes this compact town a dynamic destination" - The Guardian Travel Review
Opened in 2009, Theatre Severn is a modern theatre with a traditional feel, where audiences can enjoy a feast of live performances in drama, dance, music and comedy...
Opened in 2009, Theatre Severn is a modern theatre with a traditional feel, where audiences can enjoy a feast of live performances in drama, dance, music and comedy...
Shrewsbury has been awarded the Purple Flag in recognition of the quality and safety of social activity after 6pm...
Shrewsbury has been awarded the Purple Flag in recognition of the quality and safety of social activity after 6pm...
The Old Market Hall
The Old Market Hall
The Boathouse Pub
The Boathouse Pub

5. The location

Shrewsbury has everthing you need at your doorstep: The countryside, mountains, forests, valleys, lakes, towns, villages and cities. There's even a beach that's only 1.5 hours away!

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Closest cities:

  • Birmingham - 1 hour
  • Liverpool - 1.5 hours
  • Manchester - 2 hours
  • London - 3 hours

Shrewsbury has easy access from Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and East Midlands airports.

 

 

According to a recent study of 24´000 people, Shrewsbury is the 2nd Happiest place in the UK!

7. The cost

The average cost of an English course in the U.K. is x per week

  1. £649 (761,29 €)
  2. £718 (841,99 €)
  3. £861,50 (1.010,56)

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8. The People

According to a study  by rightmove.co.uk, Shrewsbury has the most friendly and polite people in the UK!

The study of 24,000 people across the country asked residents to rank 12 factors about their local area, from how friendly their neighbours are and how much people feel that they can be themselves, to how good the local services are.

In fact, Shrewsbury is officially the 2nd happiest place in the entire UK!

Read more about the study here

9. The History

There are 660 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, including the iconic Shrewsbury Castle.

The Three Tuns pub in Bishops Castle claims to be the oldest working brewery in Britain, with beer being brewed there since 1642 when their licence was first granted to the public house.

There are more rocks of different ages in Shropshire than any area of similar size in the world. Caradoc is home to the world's oldest known complete fossil.

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.

Few would also know that the market town of Much Wenlock is also the actual birthplace of the modern Olympics. The inspiration for this global event came when Baron de Courbetain visited the town and witnessed the Wenlock Olympics. Still going strong today the Wenlock Games take place annually in July.

King Arthur, (the real one!), was born, lived and died in Shropshire. The new King Arthur Trail will help you discover the Shropshire of the real King Arthur. It will explain some of those stories associated with Arthur and show you the real sites which connect back to them; including the sword in the stone, the Holy Grail, Camelot and the Lady Guinevere.

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Shrewsbury won the Champion of Champions award for its floral beauty...

2. The county

Shrophire has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Geologically, 10 of the 13 geological periods are found in the rocks of Shropshire.

Shropshire is a glorious scattering of hills, castles and timber-framed villages tucked against the Welsh border. Highlights include castle-crowned Ludlow, industrial Ironbridge and the beautiful Shropshire Hills, which offer the best walking and cycling in the Marches.

15 facts about Shropshire - BBC

Shrewsbury is officially The Healthiest Place in the U.K...
Shrewsbury is officially The Healthiest Place in the U.K...
"No other county can compete with the quality and diversity of the local produce. You'll soon see why Shropshire is a gourmet's idea of heaven"
"No other county can compete with the quality and diversity of the local produce. You'll soon see why Shropshire is a gourmet's idea of heaven"
Michelin star restaraunt - Mr Underhill's, Ludlow
Michelin star restaraunt - Mr Underhill's, Ludlow
Shropshire has 16 local breweries selling local ale!
Shropshire has 16 local breweries selling local ale!

4. The Culture

"A vibrant music and arts scene makes this compact town a dynamic destination". – Guardian

Theatre Severn rises high above the river and offers awesome views from its balconies. The impressive building is home to two auditoriums which stage a packed programme of drama, live concerts, ballet, opera, comedy, musicals and more. Don’t forget to make time for pre-theatre drinks and dinner. The Armoury sits just across the river and has a great selection of fine wines and local beers to accompany their mouth-watering menu. Alternatively, you can be just steps away from your seats and enjoy a drink at The Chapel Bar or a meal with a river view at The Foundry.

This buzzing venue in Belmont is the place to head to for film screenings, live gigs, community festivals and creative workshops plus theatrical performances, film screenings, talks and exhibitions. The people behind it are proud to provide a base for young people in Shropshire to build on their creative skills. For those looking to be entertained, it’s the perfect place to see new and original talent. Folk is celebrated at The Hive when Shropshire Roots bring some of best folk artists to town. The Shrewsbury Jazz Network also regularly present an impressive line-up as part of its music programme. The Hive also works in partnership with Shrewsbury Film Society, Rainbow Film and independent producers to screen a wide range of the best current and classic films from around the world.

COMEDY HOUR programme at Theatre Severn. According to Jason Manford, it’s ‘easily one of the top 5 theatres in the country’. Some local bars and pubs host comedy nights PorterHouse.SY1 on St Mary’s Street has an open mic night every Tuesday and the Bull Inn hosts one every Wednesday. Head to the Old on Milk Street to sample one of their regular comedy and open mic nights. Henry Tudor House off Wyle Cop hosts a popular comedy club. Amongst the beer and old beams, there’s been laughter with the likes of Russell Kane, Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan.

Contemporary but packed with history, the cinema at the Old Market Hall (known fondly as the OMH) around the world and guest speakers from their digital media programme. It holds just 81 so it The Grade I Elizabethan building in the Square also houses a café and bar so you can stock up on snacks then sit in front of the screen with a glass of wine in your hand.

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6. fun

Shrewsbury is one of the U.K's cities to have won the prestigious Purple Flag, an award that recognises the town as having an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable place after 6pm.

The Purple Flag assessors described Shrewsbury as a 'very safe and secure town' and highlighted the town's mix of unique and quirky venues, independent and chain bars and real ale offer, with over 20 venues CAMRA listed.

If you like to listen to new music in very old venues, mix mojitos in cool cocktail lounges or feast with friends until late, then you really will be spoilt for choice for original night-time finds in Shrewsbury.

If  you’re planning a night of theatre then there are plenty of places that offer special pre-show dinner menus. Whether show time is a theatre performance by the river or a fresh and funny night of comedy, Shrewsbury promises an impressive line-up.

For those trying to savour the last rays of sunshine don’t miss a sail along the River Severn or a seat in a secluded beer garden with a fine local beverage.

Menus across town range from simple but seriously good burgers to fine Italians, expert Asian cuisine and the freshest of fish dishes. And when the light fades there is music, dancing and entertainment late into the night.

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Statistically the friendliest and most polite people in the U.K!
"A delightful jumble of winding medieval streets and timbered Tudor houses" - Lonely Planet
Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock
Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
Acton Scott Fram - A 19th Century working farm
Shrewsbury Castle
Charles Darwin

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