Shropshire named on Abta 10 global holiday destinations list

Shropshire has been named by travel experts as one of 10 destinations to watch for holidaymakers this year - the only UK location to be featured.

The "rural gem" appears on travel trade organisation Abta's list alongside the Spanish region of Extremadura, Saxony in Germany; Vietnam and Zambia.

Abta said its list aimed to inspire travellers and the county has beautiful landscapes, towns and villages.

What can I say? When we have visitors to Shrewsbury, they do love the town. Many independent shops and restaurants, its just not a clone town. We've had our shop for 23 years in Shrewsbury town centre now. I remember customers who were not local, asking where is Shrewsbury?  When I explained, the response was often "oh that place we pass on the way to Wales". I did chuckle. 

Here is what Abta has to say:

Shrewsbury's Wyle Cop has the longest uninterrupted run of independent shops anywhere in the country. 

The town has independent shops, galleries and a well-known indoor market.

Shrewsbury Market Hall, packed with quirky businesses and food stalls, has been voted Britain's Favourite Market.

Shrewsbury is home to 660 listed buildings and is famous for being the birthplace of naturalist Charles Darwin. His statue sits outside the town's library, the building that was once his school.

We would love for you to come and visit, but do remember it is a slower pace of life. Many shops don't open on a Sunday, and close between 4 and 5 during the week. Parking can be tricky especially when we have flooding, but there is a great Park and Ride which is best to be used. Shrewsbury has a one way system and if you've not been before, can be a bit confusing. If you do choose to visit, you will be warmly welcomed. If you visit me, I do like a chat, but then I am a Yorkshire lass.

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