Shrewsbury Castle

Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AT


Shrewsbury Castle stands at the top of a hill and was built as a defensive fortification for Shrewsbury, which the River Severn otherwise protected.

A castle has been on the site since 1066, under the orders of William I, but was later greatly extended by Roger Montgomery c. 1074, during the reign of William the Conqueror, as a base for operations into Wales, an administrative centre and as a defensive fortification for the town.

Later, in the late 18th century, Thomas Telford remodelled the interior as a private house. The Castle was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury in 1924 through the generosity of the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

Climb the castle walls for amazing views and some people watching from high above the town. The grounds are free to visit and perfect for picnics too.

Entrance to the castle grounds is free, Shrewsbury Castle houses The Soldiers of Shropshire Museum, which is paid entry.

Opening times

  1. Monday

    10:30 - 16:00

  2. Tuesday

    10:30 - 16:00

  3. Wednesday

    10:30 - 16:00

  4. Thursday


  5. Friday

    10:30 - 16:00

  6. Saturday

    10:30 - 16:00

  7. Sunday


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