When you visit the Shropshire county town of Shrewsbury, shopping should definitely be on your list of top things to do. Did you know Shrewsbury’s independent retailers outnumber big chains by almost half?
There are endless boutiques and quirky independents, all tucked away in 'shuts and passages' (those crooked medieval alleyways that criss-cross the town centre).
If you love a 16th century market square packed with the latest stores then head to the centre of town and spot some of the newest additions, including Shrewsbury’s first crowdfunded café.
Pride Hill is home to the Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres. Here you’ll find a host of flagship fashion, jewellery and accessory stores offering modern, high quality fashion.
Take time to discover the independent traders winding up Wyle Cop. In the mix you’ll find everything from designer clothing and jewellery to vintage finds and flowers.
Dogpole is where you’ll find more distinctively different stores, including Wysteria Lane and Vinegar Hill (both perfect for homeware and jewellery that you might not need but can’t leave behind!).
One part farmer's market, one part grand bazaar – the Market Hall has stalls selling local arts and crafts, out-of-print books, vintage vinyl and all kinds of curios.
Take in the range of stores along Castle Street, this steep street runs from the Train Station to Pride Hill.
Home to a host of shopping essentials, Pride Hill features national names including high street fashion, food and drink and health and beauty.
High Street is lined with an eclectic range of independents, from delis, stationery and clothing shops, to the desirable brands we know and love, with plenty of choice for a coffee stop along the way, it may take you a while to walk your way down.
These streets are a mix of everything you really need – from picture perfect equipment to vintage clothing to kitchenware.
Shrewsbury is a hot spot for great food and drink. You can peer through medieval windows to see salamis strung from the ceiling, taste locally made cheeses or explore a Dickensian Cellars shop for the ultimate port or prosecco.
The Parade was once the Royal Shrewsbury Infirmary and where Charles Darwin's father practised as a doctor. Today it houses 30 independent shops along its Victorian corridors.
Meet the characters, the faces, the places - people of Shrewsbury, the life of this town.
At the bottom of Pride Hill, you'll find Shoplatch and Mardol Head, home to the Shrewsbury Market Hall and an eclectic mix of shops and cafes.
Winter is the perfect time to ditch the drab clothes and treat yourself to a cosy new wardrobe.