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Historic Town Tour and visit to Shrewsbury Music Hall

Historic Town Tour and visit to Shrewsbury Music Hall


Join our expert guide for a Saturday morning exploration of historic Shrewsbury, finishing up at the Music Hall (now converted in to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery), where The Beatles performed two concerts in 1962/3. Coffee/tea will be served on the balcony overlooking this iconic building.

Showing you around the medieval and Tudor buildings will be Maggie Love, who is an official guide, ambassador for the town and has long experience in the field of theatre, dance and movement. Maggie also has a family link to the group The Deltas, who supported The Beatles at their Music Hall concert on 14th December 1962.

The tour begins at 10.30am just outside the front door of the Museum & Art Gallery. You will learn about the origins of Shrewsbury as a Roman City a few miles away, then its development within a fortified loop in the River Severn. The town’s location in the border country between England and Wales made it important strategically to the Normans and subsequent rulers of the area. The town has over 600 listed buildings including 13 that are listed as Grade I. You will also hear about the town’s most famous citizens such as Charles Darwin, Wilfred Owen and Admiral Benbow.

The town tour will finish at its starting point, the front door of the Museum, which opened in The Music Hall in 2014 after a £10.4 million project to convert it to its new role. The Music Hall was built just before Queen Victoria ascended the throne as a place of assembly and public entertainment. Over the years many famous people have performed here including Charles Dickens, who gave a public reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the building in 1858. Six years earlier he organised an evening of entertainment at the venue that lasted for 5 hours! The Beatles appeared twice at the Music Hall, in December 1962 and April 1963. A further appearance was made at the Granada Theatre in February 1963 when they supported Helen Shapiro.

The tour will then visit the balcony where tea and coffee will be served. If you would like to visit the rest of the Museum & Art Gallery you can book a ticket at a reduced price at the booking page on TicketSource. The current temporary exhibition is the work of Charlie Adlard, who hails from the town and is World famous as the creator of The Walking Dead, Judge Dredd and other popular comics. His original work is on display in the Gallery. You can also opt to have your drink in a Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend mug which is then yours to keep.

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