I broke my journey from Wales to Birmingham airport by staying in Shrewsbury overnight.
It’s a pretty town that emerged unscathed from the fires that beset so many cities in the early days as well as World War II bombings.
One local described it as living in a bubble and I’m sure there are a great many constraints in order to maintain the old architecture that is sure to be popular with tourists.
I admire the UK’s ability to hold on to the past and its beauty.
The castle is made of lovely red stone and has an inner walled garden with a whole side devoted to camellias.
Across the Severn River is Shrewsbury Abbey, the setting for Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries.
Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury and went to school in what is now the library.
There is an indoor market with a mix of everything from vegetables, bread and cheese to antiques and secondhand books.
There are lovely walks beside the river, which loops around the town, and the gardens at the Dingle are in an old quarry site.