Shrewsbury is full of higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud. A river that scoops up the town in a loop. A mix of the very old and the very new. The quirky and the one-off.
Shrewsbury is a beautiful small town located in the county of Shropshire. The place is best known as the hometown of Charles Darwin, the first ever skyscraper and apparently even ice hockey was first played there in 1853.
I have visited Shrewsbury for a good amount of times by now since that's where my other half comes from and I can honestly say that I have completely fallen in love with the place. I have been living in England for almost three years now and that's the first place I've seen the true english countryside and culture. I ate pheasant for the first time, shot clay pigeons and went to see a proper horse race
It's called the town of flowers because every year it hosts one of the biggest flower festivals, which I am yet to see and unfortunately can't go this year, because I will be back home in Estonia. But next year I will make sure I attend.
Shrewsbury has many beautiful walks around the fields, farms and mountains (to be honest they are just hills but since the highest hill in Estonia 380 meters, I like to call them big mountains). So many beautiful views.. I never thought it's something I'd enjoy so much but lately I love to get my wellies and muddy trousers on and go to wander around the fields along with the sheep and cows.
The narrow streets of Shrewsbury are full of authentic pubs, bars, edgy cafes, restaurants and cute little shops. I remember visiting this tiny bookshop with slightly slanting staircases going through four floors, filled with old books from hundreds of years ago.
Shrewsbury has the most pubs per person in the whole of England and they are all hidden in those incredible tudor-aged buildings. A night out would consist of going from one amazing bar to another listening to some live acoustic music and drinking the famous potion of Shropshire Lad. My very favorite cocktail bar would be the Blind Tiger, which serves the most amazing Bloody Mary and has a remarkable collection of board games.
It's definitely my very favorite place I've yet visited here in England and I've wanted to write about it for a long time now. I have so much more to discover and I love going back there, it feels like a home away from home.