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Sunday 10 September 2017 will see a rare occurrence at Shrewsbury Castle… the opening of Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle.
Open one day a year for the Heritage Open Days festival, making your way to the top of Laura’s Tower will give you truly unique views across Shrewsbury making it a special opportunity not to be missed.
Visitors will also be able to explore the breath-taking Castle Grounds and visit Shrewsbury Castle itself which houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum, for FREE.
Laura’s Tower was built by the famous Thomas Telford in c.1790 for the daughter of Sir William Pulteney for her 21st birthday as a summer house, and has been a grade II listed building since 1972.
Shrewsbury Castle and Laura’s Tower are made of Grinshill red sandstone and are remarkably well preserved.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the UK so it’s great to see Shrewsbury Castle getting involved.
“Laura’s Tower is grade II listed and is only opened to the public once a year and allows you to see Shrewsbury from a whole new perspective so it really is an amazing opportunity not to be missed… you most certainly do not have to be a history lover to appreciate this.
“I’d encourage everyone to make the most of this great opportunity and get to all of our sites… and it’s free!”
Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said:
“At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”
Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England.
Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
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Shrewsbury Castle’s Thomas Telford Circular Room is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships.
It provides a stylish period venue for couples wishing to exchange their vows in one of Shrewsbury’s most historic buildings in a room designed by the famous Thomas Telford. The picturesque backdrop of this historical building offers a totally unique experience with fantastic photo opportunities.
For couples seeking a truly unique venue for their special day, Shrewsbury Castle offers the perfect location to help create a day that won’t be forgotten.
Located in the centre of Shrewsbury, the Castle is a 950 year old site that has been adapted for different uses over the generations so you can take in many eras throughout Britain’s and Shrewsbury’s amazing history.
For further information and to discuss how we can help to make your special day perfect for you and your guests please contact us on 01743 358516 or via the ‘comments’ form below.
Shrewsbury Castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.
The Castle is a popular venue for licensed civil ceremonies, with the grounds providing a lovely setting for photographs. See our Castle Weddings page for further information.
SPRING OPENING HOURS 2017
Monday 20th February to Friday 26th May
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm
NOTE: open Easter Sunday 16th April 10.30am until 4pm
SUMMER OPENING HOURS 2017
Saturday 27th May to Sunday 10th September
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 5pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4pm
Heritage Open Day Sunday 10th September 2017
AUTUMN OPENING HOURS 2017
Monday 11th September to Saturday 16th December
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm
WINTER CLOSURE 2017/2018
Sunday 17th December to Sunday 18th February 2018
Re-opening Monday 19th February 2018
Castle Admission Charges
Castle: Adults: £4.00
Persons of Pension Age: £3.00
Child & Student £1.00
Under 5s – Free
Free to members of the regiments
Proof of Eligibility may be required
Castle Grounds Admission Charges
Access to the Castle Grounds is free.
Access and Amenities
Bus and rail stations nearby (10 minute walk)
Parking available within the town
The museum is on a number of different levels restricting access for the less mobile. Please see our Accessibility Advice page for further information.
For further enquiries please telephone 01743 358516
The Shropshire Regimental Museum’s website can be found at http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/