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Shrewsbury Square

Shrewsbury Square

Shrewsbury Square

The beautiful 16th Century Square with the Old Market Hall at its centre is formed on three sides by gorgeous high-end boutiques and restaurants as well as the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Meander the surrounding streets with their hidden culinary and shopping gems.

Did you know...?

Built in 1596, the Market Hall intended to impress with materials, style and scale. It had two storeys; the large upper room was originally used by the Shrewsbury drapers or dealers in cloth to sell Welsh wool and the lower floor was used by farmers to sell corn.

Look out for...

The variety of buildings surrounding the Square date back to as early as the 1400s. Can you spot the quatrefoils on the timber-framed building to the right of the Old Market Hall? These are typical of Tudor buildings in Shrewsbury.

Events in the Square

Events in the Square

Find out about upcoming events and activities in Shrewsbury Square.

Grinshill Animal Rescue

Tuesday, 16th April 2019 -
9:00am - 3:00pm

Churches Together present - The Shrewsbury Passion

Friday, 19th April 2019 -
10:30am - 12:30pm

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

Friday, 7th February 2020 -
9:00am - 3:30pm

Made in Shropshire: Fair in the Square

Saturday, 8th February 2020 -
9:00am - 5:00pm

Shrewsbury Bookfest 21st Birthday Bonanza!

Saturday, 4th May 2019 -
11:00am - 4:00pm

Carols in the Square

Wednesday, 18th December 2019 -

Would you like to use Shrewsbury Square for an event?

The Square is used as a venue for hundreds of events each year. From charity fundraising to large-scale community events, there's is usually something happening.

If you are organising an event and would like to book the Square, please contact:

Square Administration
Museum Service Team
Shropshire Council
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
The Square

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01743 256517


If you are planning to trade, collect money or fundraise for a charity, or distribute information or leaflets in the Square, it is possible that there are permissions you require before doing so. Before applying for any of the following licenses/permits you should first speak with the Square Administrator and book the use of the land. Licenses/permits will not be issued for the Square without evidence of permission to use the land for that purpose.

Please read the following information carefully to determine if there are any permissions you need to apply for:

Street Collections

If you are intending to hold a Street Collection i.e. collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes, a Street Collection Permit will need to be obtained from the Licensing Team. Street Collection includes activities such as bucket collections and table top sales where goods are exchanged for a donation. There is no fee for a Street Collection application but permits are issued on a first come first served basis and only one collection per day will be permitted in the Square.

Further information and the application form can be found on the Council's website.

Street Trading

Street trading is the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street. For the purposes of Street Trading, the Square is a licensed street and anybody wishing to trade in the Square, who is not part of an organised market, must apply to Shropshire Council's Licensing Team for a Street Trading Licence. Street Trading includes the sale of services; such as television or mobile phone services. There is a fee for issuing a Street Trading Licence. Further information and the application form can be found on the Council's website.


If you are intending to sell lottery/raffle/tombola tickets in the Square you may require a Small Society Lottery Registration. There is a fee for issuing a Street Trading Licence. Further information and the application form can be found on the Council's website.

Distribution of Free Printed Materials

If you are intending to distribute leaflets, flyers or other printed material in the Square you may require a Distribution of Free Printed Matter permit. There is an exemption to this for anyone distributing material for or on behalf of a charity, for political purposes or for the purposes of a religion or belief. There is a fee for issuing a Distribution of Free Printed Matter permit Further information and the application form can be found on the Council's website.

If you intend to carry out more than one of the above activities at any one time you will require the appropriate licence/registration/permit for each of the activities.

If you intend to sell or give away food please contact Shropshire Council's Food Safety Team to discuss any further requirements on 0345 678 9000 or email: [email protected]

Contact Details

The Licensing Team, Public Health, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

Tel: 0345 678 9026

Email: [email protected]