In a world of identikit high streets and shopping centres, Shrewsbury is one of the few places where the independent shops still outnumber the big chains.
Shopping in Shrewsbury is anything but predictable. A stroll along the cobbled streets of the Wyle Cop can turn up anything from a kimono, to a mandolin to a rare first edition. There are antique shops, retro shops, gourmet food and wine shops.
And there are plenty more shops tucked away in the 'shuts and passages' (those crooked medieval alleyways that criss-cross the town centre) that feel like they're from another time.
The Market Hall, at the base of the big clock tower, is one part farmer's market, one part grand bazaar - with stalls selling local arts and crafts, out-of-print books, vintage vinyl and all kinds of curios curios (it's open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with a small selection of stalls open on Thursday mornings).
Whatever you're into, you'll find something you fancy in Shrewsbury.
If you're looking for somewhere to eat with atmosphere, several Shrewsbury restaurants are in grand historic buildings. The Draper's Hall, with its Tudor beamed ceiling, panelled walls and flagstone floors. The Albright Hussey, a 15th century manor house with its own moat. And two of our most historic hotels, The Lion and the Lion + Pheasant, have their own excellent restaurants. And they all have 2AA rosettes.
Shrewsbury has over 60 different real ale pubs in Shrewbsury. Like the King's Head on Mardol, with its own medieval wall paintings. Or the Nag's Head on Wyle Cop, with the remains of a medieval mansion in its beer garden. And our very own award-winning real ale brewery - the Salopian Brewery on Old Mytton Road (their Shropshire Gold is something of a local legend).