Explore Shrewsbury

Mid-way through your metal detecting holiday, all guests will get a chance to take on a day of exploring the local area of Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

Indulge yourself in an area seeped in history and explore the many places Shropshire has to offer.

Our top 3 locations (in no particular order) include;

  • Shrewsbury Abbey
  • The Quarry Park
  • Shrewsbury Castle

Guests can also use this opportunity to venture into the wonderful historic town of Shrewsbury, taking the weight off their feet with a well-earned break at one of the many local bespoke cafes for some light refreshments – or perhaps something a little stronger.

The Market Hall, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, and Sabrina Boat (A mini passenger cruise along the River-Severn) are also close by. Shrewsbury also boasts the Old Market Hall – a 81 seater, contemporary cinema and cafe bar offering a wide programme of independent film, documentaries, classics, world cinema, and popular releases.

Shrewbury Abbey

There has been a place of worship on this site since Anglo-Saxon times. The Abbey in Shrewsbury was founded as a Benedictine Monastery by Roger de Montgomery in 1083 on the site of an existing Saxon church.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII the part of the Abbey building which survived continued as a Parish Church – as it is to this day.

The Abbey is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, as a place of Christian witness and worship. It has held a monastery, a garrison, a prison, a Saint, and is still in use as a Parish church today. It holds the effigies of nobles dating back from the Conqueror, and includes such notables as Richard Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons under Elizabeth I.

Its windows and walls still bear the marks of musket-shot from Cromwell’s troops, as many statues bear the marks of his Reformation destruction. It is one of the few churches in England to have a surviving Royal Crest from the time of Charles I.

Dingle & Quarry Park

The Quarry is Shrewsbury’s beautiful, 29-acre parkland, encircled by the majestic loop of the river Severn.

The Dingle and Quarry has been Shrewsbury’s most important site for recreation since the 16th Century.

It still provides the perfect place to relax, enjoy walks, picnic, fish along the banks of the River Severn, or just let off steam. St Chad’s Church occupies a prominent position in Shrewsbury, facing the Quarry area parkland.

 The church built in 1792, has a distinctive round shape and high tower.

Shrewbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle stands on a hill in the neck of the meander of the River Severn on which the town originally developed.

The castle, directly above Shrewsbury railway station, is a Grade I listed building. The castle was ordered on the site and greatly extended, as a base for operations into Wales.

Town walls, of which little now remains, were later added to the defences, as a response to Welsh raids and radiated out from the castle and surrounded the town.  The castle and surrounding area is well worth a visit.

Other Places to Explore in Shrewsbury