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I live in shrewsbury, I have done for the past 13 years, shrewsbury used to be a bustling town, full of interesting shops. But as the years have gone by and the recession has hit the uk it has effected shrewsbury a lot. The town is now filled with empty units, and the ones that are now filled are generally well known stores that you could shop at anywhere else, or online.
The main shopping area in shrewsbury is on the high street, where there are two indoor shopping centres, pride hill and Charles Darwin. To access the town you can either come via bus, car ( there is a multi story car park ) or train, as there is a train station a 5 minute walk from the high street.
The only good thing about shopping in shrewsbury is that if you go of the main high street there are lots of great Tudor buildings to admire. Also if you visit the square ( at the end of the high street ) there is a very nice 1 room old fashioned style cinema ( although you must book in advance ). There also is a cineworld cinema, about a 5 minute walk from the town.
To conclude if you are looking for the standard high street shops, and nothing special then shrewsbury is good, but if you are looking for a range of unique boutique style shops then look elsewhere.
Shrewsbury, lies on the border of Wales in Shropshire, It is primarily a market town, and is nicknamed the town of flowers. Since they industrial revolution it has become a town, and has had quite allot of interest for shoppers, quite a few chain shops have opened up such as Virgin etc etc. In the centre of Shrewsbury there is a shopping mall called the Darwin centre named after Charles Darwin. The centre has three floors and is easily accessible. It has a main door backing out onto the high street then an area of access from the bus station. The first thing I will comment on the presentation of the centre. It has a nice clean area with a tiled floor, it is air conditioned so it does not get hot in summer. The area is kept very clean; the centre employs quite a few cleaners. Which keep the area nice. On each floor there are bins everywhere so it?s no problem to keep the area tidy. The place is very nice for shoppers; there are benches everywhere and some nice pleasant music playing in the background. There are allot of friendly staff all available to help you. The security of the centre is good, with a few security guards and lots of cameras. There is also an information centre should you wish to call management or pick a few leaflets up. Now, the Darwin centre has about 80 shops in it and most of them are chain shops. Such as top shop, river island, profile etc. The are a few smaller shops such as popcorn and ice cream sellers and a sweet stall. On average the centre has a high range of goods. You can do most of your shopping there. If your looking for a T.V there?s a dixons and TV outlet so the centre can let you get up to a bit of price comparison. During the Christmas holidays there?s is always a Santa?s grotto on the bottom floor to take the kids to. There are also a few bargain shops in the centre which let you pick up household items cheaply. If you?re looking for a coffee or some lunch there?s quite a few places
to eat. There?s the piano cafe on the ground floor where you can chill out have a coffee and listen to some jazz piano being played. Or you can go to the small coffee shop on the top floor by the entrance for a quick coffee where its quite good quality and quite cheap. If you live in Shropshire and want a change the Darwin centre is an all right place to shop. You can buy just about anything there and also have a good snack. I always shop there if im in Shrewsbury. However there are better places if your doing Christmas shopping, I would only recommend this if you need a few bits and bobs for someone?s birthday or whatever.
I used to live in Shropshire,Shrewsbury used to be my favourite place to shop out of all the towns I could get to by bus(I don't drive)namely Telford or in the Stoke area Newcastle-under-Lyme or Hanley. There is so much there you'd best make an early start if you want to look around it all.The two main shopping centers are called Pride Hill and the Charles Darwin.You can access both of these from the multi-storey car park,or if you have come in by bus or train from an escalator or stairs from the bus station. Just back to parking for a moment the multi-storey has 6 levels and is huge and even on a Saturday you can get a space quite easily.I can't comment on the price though as it is a couple of years since I have been there.Do try and avoid it when the Flower Show is on though,far better to use the park and ride service which operates on the outskirts of town, Abbey Forgate if I remember rightly,do correct me if I'm wrong. Back to the shopping centers. Both the previously mentioned shopping centers offer all the big name high street chain stores such as M&S, Woolworths, Littlewoods, BHS,and eating places such as McDonalds etc.There are lifts and escalators to take you up and down the levels so saving your legs.Worth a mention the toilets are on the top level as usual in theses places and they are attended and so are very clean. In a lot of the shops you can walk right through and out on to the street where a whole host of other shops await you on the other side of the street plus another fast food joint Burger King.This is in the Pride Hill area and is pedestrianised so you won't need to worry so much about traffic just the odd delivery van.There are a few benches in here so you can take a rest or sit and have something to eat or drink if you like.You may see some very good pavement artists here and one or two not so good buskers. Moving down the way a little we come to the Victoriana arcade
A few nice shops in here mainly craft shops, and victorian dolls,a Hornby train shop, but there is a cafe, toilets and the baked potato man/lady just inside the door. Worth a look though.Just before you get to the arcade there is a nice little cafe called the Hasty Tasty.Its been there along time,nice food and much more reasonable prices,very clean. Across the road there is the Mardol gardens very small walk through with a toy shop, childrens clothes, and flowers. Moving yet further still we come to the Market Hall.This is a huge market on two levels with all the usual things you would expect to find, some good bargains to be had here.Also in this building is where the county court is and yes more toilets, top level again I'm afraid.There are also more big name shops here, Bennetton,Argos, Fads,Wimpy Burger. This is the nicest of the fast food places as all the food is cooked to order in front of you,most of the staff have been there along time and are really friendly.It's also a lot smaller too and they have a non-smoking area and high chairs. As you walk along, keep looking along the side steets there are many of them each with one or two small shops to offer that you may like. Please give them a look as these are the shops more often run by local people.Also don't rule out pubs for lunch there are some very nice ones dotted about the town.The Exchange,and The Hole in The Wall are both very good but fairly busy places.Menus will be on the boards outside. If you are looking for big supermarkets and or places like MFI,Currys,Comet,Tesco etc.You can find these inthe same area as the park and ride in Abbey Forgate Just keep your eyes open for signs foe Featherbed Lane,whichis where they live.There is an Aldi there too. I hope I didn't tire you out too much,Ihave tried to include all the information you may need for a successful shop.
this town is enough to keep any shopper happy. This town is packed with shopps for everyone. If your passing through this area i reccomend you pop in and have a look.....browse.......shopping spree!!! In shrewsbury there is a lot of range, For a start you have alll the usual shops like Marks and sparks, WHsmiths, woolworths and virgin. Then of course you have all the other non-chain store shops to go and buy some gifts etc etc. Most of the shopping is done around the main high stret. Here there is two shopping cnters. The darwin center and the pride hill shopping center. In the darwin you find all the modern shops, This place has 3 stories of shops, including The gadet shop and several clothes shops. Normaly on the bottom floor there is some attraction, if its christmas you have the santas grotto etc etc. In the pride hill center, you find all the less known shops. I personally dont shop in there, becaus ei find the center un attracive and cheap. Once you've finished shopping you an o and get some lunch. You have the usual mcdonalds and buryger king. But there is a lot more on offer. You could grab a cup of tea and sandwich from gerrards. But if you've got a lot to spend then you could go to the armoury and get a lub sandwich and sit buy the fire. This is anice pleasent town with a lot on offer.