We start our journey along the River Severn at Victoria Quay next to the Welsh Bridge, which connects the suburb of Frankwell to the Town Centre. There’s been a river crossing in this area for nearly 900 years. Completed in 1795, the current bridge has only stood at this site since 1795; its predecessor, St Georges Bridge, was further upstream near Mardol.
On the other side of the Welsh Bridge, you will see the Theatre Severn. This is a modern building built to replace the Music Hall, as its audiences were outgrowing the venue. It hosts a huge variety of productions, from comedy to live music, and not forgetting its wonderful Pantomime during the festive season.
A Grade I listed building, Shrewsbury Castle is situated at the head of the River Peninsula: the only part of the town centre not protected by the river loop. This meant that invaders had no choice but to make their move through water – a much more difficult task. It was the basis of many power struggles during the 12th and 13th centuries but was eventually purchased from a private owner in 1924 by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. The Castle was then the location of Shrewsbury Town Council chambers for 50 years and is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum.
Locally nicknamed the ‘slinky’, the Quantum Leap sculpture is the focal point of a ‘Geo Garden’ created to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. As Shrewsbury’s most famous previous resident, you will find many references to him around the town. The sculpture also observes Shropshire’s geological diversity, as we boast 10 of the 12 geological periods.