Chance to see Town Walls Tower this weekend

Shrewsbury’s medieval history will be on show to visitors this weekend, as the doors open at Town Walls Tower on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

Visitors taking up the rare opportunity to visit the last surviving watch tower on Shrewsbury’s medieval town walls can learn about the vital role that the town’s fortifications played and the transformation of the tower into a very small residence in the 1860’s.

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 more. It’s something hundreds of people walk past every day – come and take this chance to step inside and find out its history.”

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.

Entry is free for National Trust members. For non-members admission charges apply, adults £.2.00 and children £1.00 – please note that there is no card payment facility. 

During 2014 Town Walls Tower will be open from 11am - 3pm (last admission 2.40pm) Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August, and Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October.


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