Famous Five Go Free for Heritage Open Days

Shrewsbury is full of finds and now you can explore five for free as part of the national Heritage Open Days event between 11th and 14th September.

Heritage Open Days celebrates the country’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission. In Shrewsbury the event means a rare meeting with a Lord on top of a 133ft column, trips to the top of a tower and a discovery in an ancient guild hall.  

Lord Hill’s Column

11th - 13th September - 10.00-16.30, 14th September 10.00-15.30

Scramble up the tallest Doric column in England to the viewing platform on Lord Hill’s Column for a vista of Shrewsbury and the rolling hills of Shropshire. The 133 ft column, with a 172 step spiral staircase, was built between 1814-1816 in honour of Shropshire’s local hero General Rowland, Lord Hill of Hawkstone and Almaraz.

Open Days with Lectures at Drapers Hall

11th –13th September, 11.00-16.00 & Lecture 13th September 11.00

Discover an ancient Guild Hall of the Shrewsbury Drapers’ Company, founded by Royal Charter in 1462. The Drapers Hall was built in 1576 and the building still retains some of its original furniture from 1630. Today the building is used as a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant where the Guild retains the rights to hold meetings and feasts.

Guided Walks of Shrewsbury

13th September, 14.30 & 14th September, 11.00

Wander along Shrewsbury’s crooked medieval shuts and passages on a friendly and knowledgeable guided tour of the town centre. Each guide will impart their in-depth knowledge of Shrewsbury with a unique route around the older parts of the town. You’ll even find out about some famous figures, such as Charles Darwin, that have resided in the town along the way. Book early at the Visitor Information Centre.

Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum

14th September, 10.30-16.00

Home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust, the 16th century castle originates from the reign of William the Conqueror and was a major border fortress in the Middle Ages. Now the castle houses a fascinating collection of weapons, medals and other artefacts including a Modern Army display. Shropshire Regiment inspired workshops will be held with the chance to design your own sword. For just one day of the year Laura’s Tower will also be opened to visitors with stunning views over the town.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

14th September 10.00-17.00

Saunter between six galleries in the Victorian Music Hall and 13th century Vaughan Mansion ranging from the Romans to the Shropshire Gallery and Tudor’s to the Stuart’s. Families can find interactive features in the Medieval Gallery, or take a break in the Stop cafe in the courtyard. Perfectly placed in the building is the Visitor Information Centre where you’ll find further information on Heritage Open Day attractions.


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