This is a big year for this County Town of Shropshire, in the West Midlands region of England. The Visit Shrewsbury website states: “2009 sees the bi-centenary of Charles Darwins birth in Shrewsbury. It is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of his most famous work ‘On the Origin of Species’. Shrewsbury has been called ‘England’s finest Tudor town’ with good reason, black and white properties are everywhere and with over 660 listed buildings (quite a list) all linked by ancient shuts or passageways.”
Without question, we’d stay at the Sandford House Hotel. Sandford House is a “Grade II listed historic Georgian town house, situated in the town center and close to the River Severn with its riverside walks. Dating from around 1760 the house has retained its 18th century classic plasterwork throughout. The spacious and original bedrooms have recently been refurbished in keeping with the Georgian style.” I just checked our website and Sanford House is available next Wednesday for 52GBP.
Before your interview, you may want to regroup and relax at the Old Market Hall Coffee Shop. According to the Eat Shrewsbury website, “The Old Market Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan building in the middle of the market place. Perhaps one of the easiest places to find in the town, yet not many people, even locals, know that there is a fabulous coffee shop and cinema inside it.” They go on to add, “The hot chocolates are generous and the home made cakes even more so, but pushed to choose, their flapjack is my favourite. What I really like about the coffee shop in the Old Market Hall is the way you aren’t hurried as soon as you finish your drink.”
For dinner we’d try Cromwells Inn Shrewsbury, as Eat Shrewsbury notes, “there is no better place to be. With one foot inside the front door it looks like a warm and welcoming pub. Keep going past the bar and out of the back door and you’ll find a series of tabled terraces nestled among the spires and old buildings of Shrewsbury. This place is a gem.”
Shrewsbury’s Railway Station is located in the town center, by the Castle, the shops and the historic buildings. There is an hourly train service from London Euston via Birmingham or Wolverhampton and good connections to other towns. The journey time from London is approximately three hours.