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Premier Inn to Build a New 8m Hotel in Shrewsbury

by Keith on 9 Nov 2011

Good news for those visiting the county town of Shrewsbury! The go ahead has been given for an 8 million pound development to build a budget hotel in Shrewsbury town centre.  The hotel will be developed by the chain Premier Inn and will mark their introduction to the Shropshire town.  The hotel and restaurant will be open in 2012 and will be situated on the ground previously occupied by the old Telephone House building in Smithfield Road close to the town centre and opposite the river.

The triple 2011 award winning Premier Inn company will open its doors to a 136 bedroom hotel and restaurant in the centre of Shrewsbury and will become the largest hotel in the town centre; very good news for those travelling to the town for leisure or business on a budget.  The new hotel will be extremely handy for those travelling to the town by train or bus.  The nearest Premier Inn to Shrewsbury at the moment is 6 miles away at Harmers Hill.

The county town of Shrewsbury

The town is situated in the middle of England between the Welsh Border and Birmingham.  It is a quaint old fashion town with narrow streets enclosed by Tudor style buildings.  The town centre sits within a large loop of the River Severn.  Once a great medieval market was based in Shrewsbury attracting people from all over the area and from across the border in Wales.

There are a number of walks along the river and the town has historic value so it is well worth visiting.  There is a certain amount of accommodation available in the Shrewsbury town centre and this new budget hotel will certainly be an added bonus for visitors.

Famous Salopians

People from Shrewsbury are known as Salopian’s this is because the county of Shropshire was previously named Salop by the Normans; although Salop no longer exists as a county, Salopian has stuck as the name for its inhabitants.

Charles Darwin was born and educated in Shrewsbury.  Darwin was a famous naturalist and courted controversy in 1859 when he published his book ‘On the Origins of the Species’.  There is an annual festival to commemorate one of Shrewsbury’s most famous sons and a statue erected in his memory.  If you are fan of Darwin and visiting the town you will find many reminders of this great Salopian.

John Peel, the longest serving radio 1 DJ, record producer and journalist, was a boarder at the famous Shrewsbury School as was the famed Monty Python actor Michael Palin; who also presented some very insightful travel programmes for the television.

What can you do and see in Shrewsbury?

There are many interesting sights and festivals throughout the year in the town;
•  Shrewsbury Folk Festival – is an annual festival bringing all the latest and established folk music to the area over August Bank Holiday.
•  Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival – is also an annual festival, it is held on the first weekend in September and attracts artists from all over the world who perform on its four stages and attracts nearly 30,000 visitors.
•  Shrewsbury Summer Festival – runs a multitude of events from April until September attracting many visitors to the town.  There are far too many events to list but a simple web search will find the organisers website.Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival – normally taking place in April is an interactive festival of cartoons and caricatures.
•  Shrewsbury Abbey – is a Benedictine abbey founded in 1083 and is the home of the fictional character Brother Cadfael immortalised on television.
•  The Old Market Hall – now serving the town as an arts venue.
•  The Square – still the centre of the town and accommodating many different events throughout the year.

As can be seen above there is plenty to do and see in the county town of Shrewsbury for visitors old and new, and with the added bonus, from 2012, of having a new Premier Inn right in the heart of the town to help accommodate them.