Trains to Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury is a town home to an extensive collection of Tudor houses, an impressive red-bricked castle, and more independent retailers than big-name chains. Take a train to Shrewsbury and discover its rich past and charming landmarks.
Culture and heritage
Lose yourself in Shrewsbury. Encircled by the River Severn, this busy medieval town is world-renowned as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. History is proudly on display everywhere from the moment you step off the train; from streets adorned by half-timbered houses, to the town’s impressive red brick castle.
There’s plenty to enjoy in Shrewsbury and the Shropshire surrounds. The area’s rich history is on show for all to see in its fascinating Museum and Art Gallery, and across the town itself.
Within the loop of the River Severn lies the oldest quarter of the town. Streets are lined with fascinating buildings, 600 of which boast a listed status. Many of these are instantly identifiable by their charismatic black and white exteriors; fine examples of Tudor era half-timbered houses. Among the finest and oldest is Henry Tudor House. Today, the 15th century landmark is a popular bar and restaurant that hosts regular live music.
While exploring the town centre, be sure to pay a visit to Charles Darwin’s statue outside the library. Shrewsbury is proud of the fact that the naturalist was born here and studied at Shrewsbury School, which at the time resided within the library walls. His legacy is further celebrated along the banks of the Severn with the Quantum Leap sculpture, erected to celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday.
Standing guard over the town is Shrewsbury Castle. The red sandstone walls were built during the reign of Henry III in 1220, but the existence of a fortress here is traced back to Norman times. It is today home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum and is a fine place to enjoy views across the surrounds from its tower and battlements.
Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1083 on the site of an existing Saxon church. It remains a place of worship today and attracts visitors to its mesmerising Gothic window and memorial to Wilfred Owen, who lived at the parish from 1910 - 1918.
Food and drink
You can’t go wrong when it comes to finding a bite to eat. Cobbled streets are a doormat to many fine restaurants and cafes that champion the best of local produce.
An exceptional fine dining experience awaits at The Walrus Restaurant. The small and constantly evolving seasonal menu here champions local produce, while the modern, open kitchen dining experience ensures a relaxed atmosphere.
The Dolphin Inn is a popular family haunt that serves a modern take on traditional favourites. This 19th century alehouse offers something to suit all palates.
Sports and outdoors
Shrewsbury’s main recreation space is found at Quarry Park. Centrally located, the historic park boasts a blissful 29 acres that are open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the year and also set the stage for regular events. The highlight is Dingle Garden; a gem of a location adorned with colourful flowers and water features.
Music and nightlife
Performing arts takes centre stage at the Theatre Severn. This premier venue hosts an eclectic calendar of entertainment across its main 635-seater auditorium and more intimate Walker Theatre.
Alberts Shed promises an impressive calendar of live music and entertainment while doubling up as a nightclub.
Independent retailers outnumber big chains in Shrewsbury. Saving some time for a little retail therapy is therefore highly recommended, with an extensive range of quirky boutiques and the like awaiting shoppers.
Where do WMR trains to Shrewsbury arrive and depart?
WMR trains arrive and depart from Shrewsbury’s only train station, located in the town centre, off the A5191.
Which train services run direct to Shrewsbury?
Getting to Shrewsbury by train is anything but dated. We operate direct trains from Birmingham to Shrewsbury with the fastest service taking just 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cheap tickets start from £15.90 one-way. Calling points include Wolverhampton, Telford Central and Wellington.
When is the best time to travel to Shrewsbury by train?
It’s wonderfully cheap and easy to travel to Shrewsbury by train. By opting for off-peak times to travel, you’ll enjoy less-crowded trains and cheaper ticket prices too.