Shrewsbury in Shropshire lies on the River Severn and is just 9 miles from the Welsh border. It is a popular place for tourists and is an old medieval town with a wealth of fine architecture and picturesque city landscapes.
The wool trade provided the wealth for the town which was founded in around 900. Little has changed in the town over the centuries since its prime and it has certainly resisted the temptation of modernisation. With a population of around 72,000 it is often referred to as the 'Gateway to Wales' and many of its visitors will certainly be stopping on route to or from Wales.
The town has many pleasant side streets with good shopping facilities and some magnificent old pubs. At the centre of the town there is a large riverside park which is extremely popular during the summer months.
Each year Shrewsbury is the venue for the Annual Flower Show in mid August. This two day event attracts thousands of visitors and at the end of both days there is a spectacular firework display.