Shrewsbury is actually very close to Birmingham and an easy non-stop train ride from New Street. Several people had recommended it to us but I never thought much about it. Ever since we moved all I crave is either total urbanity or total country isolation - maybe all that time in Heidelberg made me want a bit of a hiatus from big towns, small cities, and in-between places like that. But when a friend visited from the US and we needed some easy day trips with a good dose of Englishness, Shrewsbury was an obvious choice to top the list!
It was a pleasant surprise. Somehow Shrewsbury's center survived the wars and mid-20th-century urban planning pretty well intact, so it's full of lots of fun stuff you don't usually see in places of its size - my favorite being the Victorian train bridges! See the photos for those and plenty of other goodies like half-timber buildings (have I burned out on those yet? maybe a little) and impressively neat library graffiti!
|Shrewsbury Jul 2013|
Still, would visit again.
Later in her visit we also went to Lichfield. Haven't even looked at those photos yet but I hope to have them up soonish. :)