Shrewsbury Castle will be reopening its doors to visitors on Saturday 25 July 2020 as visitor attractions continue to safely open across Shropshire.
The opening will enable visitors to explore the stunning castle grounds which have been maintained by Shrewsbury Town Council throughout the closure.
When visiting the Castle grounds, visitors will be able to have picnics as long as they adhere to social distancing rules at all times.
Laura’s Tower will remain closed as there is only one path which doesn’t enable social distancing.
The Castle grounds will be open during museum opening hours only.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:
“Shrewsbury Castle is one of the town’s most iconic buildings and we’re really looking forward to opening the doors to visitors again.
“The safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority. A lot of hard work has been put in to make the Castle and its’ grounds as safe as possible so visitors can relax when with us.”
Soldiers of Shropshire Museum
Along with the gardens, the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum which is housed inside the Castle itself will also be open from Saturday 25 July 2020.
When visiting the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum, your experience may be a little different but this is to enable us to keep you and our staff safe.
We are thrilled to have received Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go” kitemark which ensures we have followed all the guidance and legislation. We have made it a priority to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers as safe as we possibly can.
A one way system will be in place through the Museum and will be clearly marked for you to follow so you can safely experience the stunning collections on display.
Richard Gough, Director of the Soldiers of Shropshire Museums, said:
“All our teams have worked really hard to get the museum open again – after four months we’re really excited to welcome our visitors back in. There are just a few areas off limits for the time being but we are really keen to make sure everyone is safe, but also has a great experience when they visit. Our shop is also stocked full of superb gifts and secondhand books, and our staff will be only too pleased to help ensure safe browsing.
“We have split the Museum into zones which flow nicely through the Regiments’ historical timeline; we have lots of hand sanitiser, and we’ve increased the cleaning frequency, especially in the toilets.
“Initially we will be allowing 48 customers in the museum at any one time to enable social distancing, and a pre-booking ticket system will be available online over the coming month. We’d like to ask all our visitors who are paying on the door to use contactless payments, and to be patient with the queuing system.”
Ticket prices are: £4.50 adults, £3.50 concessions, £2.00 children and Under 5s free.
As always, serving members of HM Forces can get in for free when they present their ID card, as can former members of the Shropshire Regiments.
We are really pleased that we can operate our normal summer museum opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am to 5pm.
Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.