Don't be a Scrooge in Shrewsbury, England

Posted December 15, 2009 by Kate Hamman

UK-England-Shrewsbury-DEF Almost completely surrounded by the River Severn, Shrewsbury remains fairly untouched by the modern world (at least in appearance). Its black-and-white Tudor homes look so quintessentially Olde English, they inspired the filming of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott back in 1984. Though the bright lights of movie-making may be gone, you can still visit a famous prop left behind. At night, dine on seasonal dishes created in the city's oldest public house, and sleep comfortably in the heart of an old post office.

Ebenezer Scrooge's grave in St. Chad's Church cemetery: What might Christmas be like without Charles Dickens' curmudgeon's emphatic "Bah! Humbug!" Thankfully, Ebenezer lives on in books and film, and you can enter the world Hollywood created for him in Shrewsbury. Many stop to pay their respects to Dickens' character at his grave left by the film crew, which still stands in St. Chad's Church cemetery, and serves as a subtle reminder of the true holiday spirit. It costs nothing to visit, so Ebenezer would approve.

The Golden Cross: As the oldest public house in Shrewsbury, the Golden Cross has been a gathering place for exceptional hospitality and good times since 1428. The tradition continues to this day, and you can still enjoy a fine meal in the building that once acted as the sacristy for St. Chad's Church. The menu changes monthly, and consists of mostly seasonal items, such as lavender crusted rump of spring lamb from the May menu. Entrees start at about £10.50 (about $17.25 U.S.; check for current exchange rates). You can also stay in one of the inn's five rooms, starting at £65 per night, which is a veritable bargain considering the exchange rate.

The Old Post Office Inn: This half-timbered house invites you to experience Shrewsbury from the center of its historic district. With shopping, restaurants, and sights right at your doorstep, you can explore the city and still return to your room for a mid-afternoon nap. The inn has seven guestrooms, decked out in heritage pine furnishings to create a more comfortable atmosphere. En suite rooms start at £60 per night, and include a full English breakfast.

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