A winter weekend break in Shrewsbury: things to do

A winter weekend break in Shrewsbury | Pack The Suitcases

The town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire is perfect for a winter weekend away or just a day trip around Christmas time. For some reason, people seem to pick Chester or York for a weekend of shopping and eating, overlooking the smaller Shrewsbury, which is exactly the same deal but without the crowds. It has pretty Tudor buildings, a public garden designed by the famous Percy Thrower of Gardener’s World fame, cosy pubs, good restaurants and independent shops. And you can get there easily by train, which means sampling all said cosy pubs is a must.

The Guardian recently featured Shrewsbury in their top 10 UK towns for winter breaks, similar to their top 10 UK towns list that featured our other favourite, Kirkby Lonsdale. There’s obviously a running theme here.

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12 things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are some lovely things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town in Cumbria, UK. If you like cute cobbled streets, pretty scenery and consuming your own bodyweight in food and beer, read on.

I’ve been going to Kirkby Lonsdale since I was a child so I’d like to say I know it pretty well. I enjoy returning there as an adult too, and my other half Chris is now in love with it as well. So I’ve compiled this list of things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale based on some nice photos and memories from our last summer trip there but also on many years of holidays when I was growing up that were based around eating, drinking and exploring there.

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