Shrewsbury Prison Break, Wine Tasting & Shrewsbury Castle
Join us on this new tour which includes a visit to Shrewsbury Prison, The World’s most interactive prison tour and walk in the footsteps of history. Experience 250 years of the prison system from incarceration to execution! Listen to the stories on a guided tour..... Walk in the footsteps of prisoners who have been residents of the wings during the last 200 years. Discover what happens behind the high walls and locked doors. Experience the hidden world of capital punishment and see first hand where executions took place.
Also included in this tour is a visit to Shrewsbury Castle and Regimental Museum. First constructed by order of William the Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum Conqueror in 1067, Shrewsbury Castle as it now stands is the product of many eras and restorations. It was built on high ground connecting two branches of a loop of the River Severn, which surrounds Shrewsbury, and it dominates the only landward approach to the town.
The castle was Originally built using wood, the first real evidence of reconstruction in stone dates to the 1150s and the reign of Henry II (1154 – 1189), with traces of this earliest work remaining in the lower levels of the inner bailey walls, the lower floor of the Great Hall and the main gateway.
The castle was a royal castle until the time of Elizabeth I, but it was Henry II and Edward I who were both responsible for major programmes of building and the structure we see today. Repair work was carried out during the Civil War in 1643, and the castle was again renovated in c1780 by Thomas Telford for Sir William Pulteney.
The castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust, including pictures, uniforms, medals, silverware, weapons and other artefacts from the 18th Century to the present day. There's also a 'Modern Army' display (including information on The Rifles), items from the collections of the lords lieutenant of Shropshire and a history of the castle itself.
A visit to Wroxeter Roman Vineyard is also included where tea and coffee is included on arrival followed by an explanation of Roman history and vineyard site, A conducted tour of vineyard (subject to weather), a tutored wine tasting of 5 wines from the vineyard. The approximate overall experience duration is 2 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
The Lion Hotel ShrewsburyThis 16th-century coaching inn has played host to both Dickens and Darwin. With beautiful, Elizabethan decor, The Lion is set within the heart of historic Shrewsbury. The Lion is a Grade I-listed building, and guests can relax by the Tudor fireplace. The Pickwick Papers were written by Charles Dickens at the hotel itself, and it has also been visited by the 19th-century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, as well as the legendary violinist, Paganini. Rooms offer unique furnishings with renovated decor and original features. Private bathrooms are included in each room, along with a TV and tea/coffee facilities. The many historic streets and shops of central Shrewsbury can be reached within 5 minutes on foot. The hotel has a lift.
- 4 Nights Half Board at The Lion Hotel
- Guided Tour of Shewsbury Prison
- Visit to Shrewsbry Castle and Regimental Museum
- Wine Tasting and Tour at Wroxeter Roman Vineyard
- River Seven Loop Cruse
- Coach Travel