The Cut Visitor Centre

The Cut Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury

Enjoy a warm welcome at our visitor centre, situated in Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury

The centre is the ideal place for all ages - and even better it's completely FREE to visit! It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of Shrewsbury.

Our beautiful, historic building is opposite Shrewsbury Abbey, surrounded by a delightful walled garden. Opening hours are  10am - 4.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
193 Abbey Foregate
Tel: 01743 284 280
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Wild Child Garden

Our fantastic Wild Child Garden is open all year round. With lots to explore children can get muddy and discover the joys of outdoor wild play in a completely safe environment. Make the muddiest mud pie, crawl through creepy tunnels and create a splash with our water wall. 

We also run a weekly toddler group for under 5's 'Wildlings' in our WIld Child Garden and there are various holiday activities for under 11's. We also run a youth group for 11 - 25's at The Cut. For more information keep an eye on our Whats On page.

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Wildlife Garden

Fully accessible paths allow you to discover our small but diverse wildlife garden. The structure of the garden is formal, but in summer you will find plants spilling over the edges, running riot up woven arches, breaking and softening the straight lines of the flower beds. Once part of the Abbey the site is full of history, it is the perfect place to escape all year round. 

A dedicated group of volunteers have been working hard to revitalise our gardens. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, they have been making lots of changes to ensure the site looks fabulous throughout the year. To find out more about the project including the history of the site, click here.

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Shop and Refreshments

Browse our gift shop within the Visitor Centre. Here you will find seasonal gifts, books and pocket money toys. We also stock a huge range of wildlife themed items to help you discover nature including ID guides, maps, top of the range binoculars and bird feeding products.

We also have refreshments available and you can sit in the calm of our cozy indoor seating area.


Gift shop at The Cut

Room hire

We have several rooms available to hire for private functions. For more information click here.

Plan your visit

193 Abbey Foregate

The Cut Visitor Centre is located on the edge of a pay and display car park and there is limited free car parking by the Abbey. 

As we are in the centre of town, we are easily accessible by bus and a short walk from Shrewsbury train station.  

Know before you go

  • Toilets (including disabled access) and baby-change 
  • Dog friendly
  • Picnic area and refreshments


Make a full day of your adventure and take the opportunity to explore and enjoy other wild places close by.

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