Enjoy a rare chance to discover the hidden history of Town Walls Tower this weekend.

Shrewsbury’s medieval history will be on show this weekend, as the doors open for visitors at Town Walls Tower for the last time in 2014 on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October.

Visitors are invited to take the rare opportunity to step behind the door that hundreds of local people walk past every day and visit the last surviving watch tower on Shrewsbury’s medieval town walls.

Only open six days per year, this tower was probably added to the town walls in the reign of Henry IV (s.1399 – d.1413).  After becoming a home, it was given to the National Trust in 1930 by Miss Rachel Humphreys, who lived in the handsome 18th Century town house opposite, Swan Hill Court. 

Saraid Jones, Engagement and Conservation Officer, is looking forward to revealing the secrets of the tower. “We’re only able to open Town Walls Tower six days a year, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to come and find out about the vital role that the town’s fortifications played and the transformation of the tower into a very small residence in the 1860s.”

Town Walls Tower is located close to the historic town centre along the town walls. There is a steep stone staircase to the top floor of the tower, and no dedicated parking or toilet facilities.

Entry is free for National Trust members. For non-members admission charges apply, adults £2 and children £1 – please note that there is no card payment facility. 

The Town Walls Tower will be open from 11am - 3pm (last admission 2.40pm) on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October.

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