Shrewsbury Castle getting ready for the rare opening of Laura’s Tower

Sunday 10 September 2017 will see a rare occurrence at Shrewsbury Castle… the opening of Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle.

An image of Laura's Tower with a tree to the right with the sun setting behind and a moody sky.

Laura’s Tower

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.

An image of Shrewsbury Castle and it's pristine grounds. Neatly mowed lawns and a well kept path lead to the front of the remarkably well preserved castle.

Shrewsbury Castle

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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