Home to one of the country's longest-running horticultural shows and known as "The Town of Flowers", Shrewsbury is a great place to visit for those who appreciate all things pastoral. The stunning riverside location, multitude of ponds and fountains, large recreation areas and well-tended floral displays of The Quarry park attract thousands of visitors annually, as does The Shrewsbury Flower Show.
Shrewsbury plays host to many historic buildings, the oldest and most striking of which being the eleventh century Shrewsbury Castle and equally ancient Shrewsbury Abbey. Situated atop a hill near the river, the castle is a red sandstone construction, offering fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside, and once formed the starting point for the town's encircling walls.
The former Benedictine monastery that is now known as Shrewsbury Abbey is located centrally and is an impressive sight, with its ornate red sandstone exterior, flying buttresses and large stained glass windows. Among the many other sites of religious significance around the town, the twin churches of St Julian's and St Alkmund's situated on the charming Fish Street are particularly interesting.
Fans of the arts are well catered for in Shrewsbury, with a popular music, art and theatre festival that runs throughout the summer, as well as many private art galleries and intimate performance spaces, with a major new theatre currently under construction at present too. There are also several interesting museums around the town showcasing every aspect of Shrewsbury's military and civic history.