This is perhaps one of Britain's best-preserved medieval towns with many black and white houses. The Bull Ring in the town centre was once the site of bull baiting events in the Middle Ages. Dominating the town is the famous castle - built by Roger de Mortimer shortly after the Norman conquest, to protect the area from Welsh raids. The castle was rebuilt by a succession of Norman, Plantagenet and Lancastrian kings.
The churchyard contains the ashes of A E Housman (poet and author of “A Shropshire Lad”).
There are antique shops to browse in and walks along the River Teme.