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Laura’s Tower by Chris Glover web

An image of Laura's Tower at Shrewsbury Castle with green trees to the right and ivy growing up the side. Laura's Tower is open for the Heritage Open Days festival.

Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle

New book on sale in our shop – Slow Travel Shropshire


Published by Bradt Travel Guides £12.99

About this book

With no directly competing titles, Bradt’s Slow Travel Shropshire fills a much-needed gap in the market for a guide to an area that, of all of the UK’s regions, is perhaps most synonymous with ‘Slow’. This new title from Bradt written by local author Marie Kreft places an emphasis on car-free travel, local produce and characterful accommodation. It includes detailed descriptions of place, historical overviews, ghost stories and folk tales, and first-hand accounts from Shropshire locals, as well as hand-picked restaurant recommendations based on long-standing knowledge and consultation with locals. Warm and witty writing combines with a natural enthusiasm for the region making this an indispensable guide to one of Britain’s most scenic areas. Ludlow is acknowledged as the Slow Food capital of the UK, while the region as a whole is much celebrated, described by PG Wodehouse as the “nearest earthly place to paradise”. The guide is unapologetic in taking you the long way round: through ancient woodland, over bridges and ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, back in time, down footpaths, into castles, churches and interesting pubs, cheerfully savouring the authentic, the offbeat and the local.

About the author

Marie Kreft is a former winner of the Bradt / Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition. She lives in Birmingham, a short hop from Shropshire to where she and her family escape at weekends for long walks and big dinners. Marie loves camping, real ale, old music, new theatre, cooking, backpacking, rail travel, secondhand books, odd historical facts, vintage shops, and spending time with her husband and son – who have helped her to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.


Going Slow in Shropshire, Chancel encounters, Revered hedgehogs & beloved bugs, Festivals & fairs, Shropshire as inspiration, A taste of Shropshire, Geology, Planning your visit.

How this book is arranged:

1 South Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ludlow & Bromfield, Craven Arms to the Clun Valley, From the Stiperstones to the Welsh border, Around Church Stretton & the Long Mynd, The Clee Hills & Corvedale to Cleobury Mortimer

2 Southeast Shropshire – Getting there & around, Bridgnorth & around, South of Bridgnorth & the Severn Valley, Much Wenlock, Staffordshire borders

3 Ironbridge Gorge & The Wrekin – Getting there & around, Around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford, Wellington, The Weald Moors to Newport

4 Shrewsbury & Mid Shropshire – Getting there & around, Shrewsbury, North & east of Shrewsbury, Towards South Shropshire

5 Oswestry & Northwest Shropshire – Getting there & around, Oswestry & around, Whittington & north of Oswestry, Maesbury & south of Oswestry

6 North Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ellesmere & Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’, Towards Shrewsbury, Wem to Whitchurch, Market Drayton & around Accommodation Index

KS1/2 NEW LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum


NEW LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum                                       

 Creak, rattle, squeeeeeak, rattle, clank…

“What is that terrible noise? Where is everybody? Where am I?”

It is nearly dark; you are locked in the museum. The museum doesn’t open again

until tomorrow morning! What will happen at the museum between sunset and sunrise? Where is the eerie sound coming from? What will you do about it?

 In our brand new LEGO® Education workshop children explore history chronologically as they take a tour of the museum and imagine what it would have been like to hunt a mammoth,  sleep in a Tudor bed and be an explorer like Charles Darwin.

In our museum classroom, children use LEGO® Education’s Story Starter kits to plan, sequence and build their own story based on the theme of ‘a night at the museum’.

half day workshop 10.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: £95 per workshop per class + FREE entry to the museum galleries

Maximum of 35 children per workshop

There are lunch room facilities within the museum.

Contact 01743 258881/258884 for further information or to book



Accessibility Advice

Shrewsbury’s train station is situated just 100 meters from the Castle (3 minute walk) and the bus station 200 meters (6 minute walk). The town’s Park and Ride service drops off and collects at Castle Gates just a few meters from the Castle Entrance. Car parking, including Blue Badge parking is available within the town centre although, it should be noted, that there are no parking fee concessions.  The closest Long Stay Car Park is situated at Frankwell which is a 15 minute walk away. Blue Badge Holders may park in the Castle grounds by prior arrangement.

Access to the main hall, part of the ground floor, the shop and accessible toilet facilities is via portable ramps. Manual wheelchair users will require the assistance of an able pusher to access the inclined path up to the main hall entrance. Although every effort has been made to improve access for all visitors, a small percentage of the exhibits are not wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the building.  Assistance dogs welcome, both within the Castle and its grounds.

There is a linear walk around the castle grounds which is accessible for wheelchair users although some steeper slopes may require the assistance of an able pusher.

We look forward to welcoming you and if you have any queries or require any additional assistance please contact us.

Schools Education Programme

Find out what it was like to hunt a mammoth,  live like a Tudor, think like a scientist and explore like an archaeologist. From first experiences to big ideas, our education programme will stimulate young minds and develop creativity.

 CPD Little Museum Adventures with Sally Tonge

Thursday 21st June 2018 9am to 2.30pm

To book a place please contact Suzanne 01743 258881 or email


Download a brochure here:- Schools Workshop Brochure 2017-18

Workshops at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

(prices from £95 per workshop)

EYFS/Yr 1  Dinosaur Detectives

EYFS/KS1 We’re going on a MAMMOTH HUNT

LEGO® Brick History exhibition and workshops February – April 2018

LEGO® Education Story Starter– ‘Once Upon a Timein the Castle…’KS1/2

LEGO® Education SimpleMachines – Catapult! KS2

KS2 Meet the Romans

KS1/2 New LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum

KS1 /2 / 3 Portrait Tour & Art Workshop

KS1 /2  / 3 Landscape Tour & Art Workshop

 KS2 Investigating Evolution- following Darwin’s footsteps

KS2 Stone Age Bone Age!

KS2/3 Medieval & Tudor Shrewsbury

 We also offer  Museum in School education sessions , where an experienced educator leads a workshop session in your classroom . Museum in School visits cost £110 for a single session and £190 for a double session.

Download a brochure here:- Museum In School


EYFS/KS1  The Magical Museum Suitcase

KS1 Fossils and Dinosaurs

KS1 Toys

KS1 Charles Darwin

KS1 Florence Nightingale

Ks2 Ancient Greece

Ks2 Original Olympians

KS2 Ancient Egyptians

KS2 Meet the Romans

KS2 Anglo-Saxons

KS2 Viking Raiders

To find out more about these education opportunities, or the many others we have on offer across Shropshire, email us at or call us on 01743 258881.

If you wish to visit Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery @ The Music Hall without undertaking a workshop, there will be a charge of £2 per pupil. One adult per 6 paying pupils will be admitted free of charge and all other accompanying adults will be charged at child rate. Pre-school, playgroup and nursery visits. Children FREE. Accompanying adults £4 each . We offer free preliminary visits for teachers.

 BOOKING ESSENTIAL Contact us on 01743 258881/258884 or email for further details.

                                                              Shropshire Museums Learning Team 2017

Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Whether it’s through volunteering or becoming a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, there is a plethora of activities and projects that we need support in delivering.

So, do you fancy getting involved with your local museum and art gallery?

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art GalleryAn image of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery's logo featuring a lion with its mouth open.

Many of our volunteers are also Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

The Friends was established in 1983 with the general aim of supporting the objectives of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery – particularly its educational work. There are currently about 270 members of the Friends.

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery run an annual programme of talks, visits and social events for members making it a fantastic and vibrant group in which to be involved.

To find out more about the benefits of being a Friend please visit their website at


We’re incredibly lucky to have wonderful volunteers at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and we’d love you to join the team and help us to continue to tell the stories of Shrewsbury and beyond, plus much more.

It’s easy to get involved and you can give as much or as little time as you are able and still make a huge difference.

An image of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery volunteers receiving an award after getting involved in Museum activity

Museum volunteers

• Meet new people, and make new and lasting friendships
• Explore the history of your local town
• Take part in exciting projects
• Join over 100 volunteers of all ages
• Add to your experiences and Learn new skills
• Boost your CV and Gain references

If you are interested in volunteering at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or any of our other sites (Shrewsbury Castle, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Ludlow Museum and Resource Centre, Much Wenlock Museum), please contact us to find out more about how to get involved:


Tel: (01743) 258885

Shrewsbury Steam Trust

Our partners at the Shrewsbury Steam Trust maintain and man the engines and boiler at Coleham Pumping Station. If you would like to get involved they would love to hear from you at

Visit Shrewsbury

An image of Castle Gates House in the heart of Shrewsbury surrounded by beautiful colourful flowers.Shrewsbury’s history is out there in its higgledy-piggledy streets of now wonky buildings and the museum is the perfect place to help you discover it: in the red sandstone of the Castle, the stained glass of St. Mary’s Church and the ancient banks and ditches that encircle the surrounding hills.

When you look down on Shrewsbury from above, you can see that the River Severn forms an almost perfect loop around the town – like a moat, designed and built by nature.  You can walk the whole loop from Welsh Bridge to English Bridge.  The towpath passes right through the Quarry Park and Frankwell where Charles Darwin spent many happy hours as a boy.

In a world of identikit high streets, this medieval town is one of the few places where the independent shops outnumber the big chains – interesting shops with names you’ve never heard before.

To find out about some of Shropshire Museum’s other heritage sites and museums in the town please follow the menu tabs on this page.


If you’re planning to visit to this historic town, visit Orginal Shrewsbury’s website for information.

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