Trains to Shropshire
Shropshire is a landlocked county in the English West Midlands, sharing a border with Wales to the west and four English counties to the north, east and south.
In Shropshire, location and history have combined to offer romantic hills and hillforts, castles, ruins and mysteries. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ironbridge Gorge and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Shropshire Hills. Shropshire’s landscapes are varied: meres and mosses, rivers and canals, seemingly endless footpaths through fields and forests, up and down hills. Shropshire’s views are so unspoilt, it’s easy to pretend you’ve travelled through time to a simpler age.
Found amid Shropshire’s natural beauty are charming market towns: Ludlow, Oswestry and Bridgnorth to name but three. Much Wenlock is the birthplace of the modern-day Olympics. Shrewsbury , a medieval county town almost islanded by the river Severn, which was the boyhood home of Charles Darwin.
Shropshire is one of Great Britain’s last remaining rural idylls – but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past. Here you’ll find warm hospitality and delicious food from world-class chefs who are inspired by ingredients sourced within Shropshire and its surrounding counties. Alongside fine restaurants, cosy pubs, and elegant bars, you’ll also find it has some of the best independent shops to experience.
Shropshire is a place for wandering and discovering. It’s for being as adventurous and active as you like, or for seeking rest and relaxation in the tranquil surroundings. Shropshire is a county where little legs can run wild, where tired minds can achieve calm.
Now you know more about Shropshire, when are you going to explore?
From the hills and valleys of south Shropshire to the meres and mosses of the north, Shropshire offers infinite adventures. With miles of cycle paths, including along old railway lines, and adrenaline-inspiring downhill courses. Shropshire bridleways for horseriding include the Jack Mytton Way and Humphrey Kynaston Way, named after two notorious Shropshire horsemen. Shropshire is far from the sea, but the county offers plenty of adventures on water. For an authentically Shropshire-style adventure, try your skills in a coracle – a small , lightweight circular boat that sits on top of the water. And they’re just the beginning when it comes to adventure travel in Shropshire. You could also try indoor or outdoor climbing, high ropes courses, paragliding, orienteering, bushcraft – and more! Have you packed your sense of adventure?
Thanks to a vast array of attractions in Shropshire, each visit to the beautiful county can bring a completely different experience. Families with young children may love roaming free in countryside parks and forests, or through the luxuriant gardens and grounds of Shropshire’s castles and big houses. Perhaps you’d like to explore the country’s first ‘theme park’, Hawkstone Park - an intriguing landscape of caves and follies, beloved by Victorian visitors. Shropshire is home to several fun farm attractions where you can get up close and personal to animals: feed a lamb , walk with a hawk , brush an alpaca or ride a pony.
Another popular attraction is Heritage railway lines. Hop on board a vintage train, listen for the whistle and enjoy the old-fashioned scent of steam as you chug through timeless scenery. Visitors young and old will find something to love in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. And don’t forget to take your time exploring ten museum attractions that are awaiting the curious-minded to discover. Shropshire has attractions for every guest and their every mood.
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Food & Drink
Fed by rivers, rainfall and rich soil, Shropshire has a strong farming heritage. Not only does agriculture keep the views beautiful, but it also supports the production of amazing food and drink . Up and down Shropshire, you will find shops, eateries and markets proud to showcase the delicious meat, dairy and produce of the astonishingly fertile region. The county is home to some extremely talented chefs who know Shropshire is the perfect place for food lovers – and they are known to work wonders with the local produce. From five-star fine dining to cosy gastro pubs, Shropshire is full of places to taste fresh, delicious dishes. Ludlow, in particular, has a longstanding reputation as a foodie town, upheld by many wonderful places to eat and drink. Every September it hosts Ludlow Food Festival in the grounds and surroundings of Ludlow Castle – the country’s first food festival. Now we’ve whetted your appetite, are you ready to visit Shropshire?
Find your food heaven .
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After all your exploring, you’re not short of places to rest your head in beautiful Shropshire. Low on light pollution, it can offer you dark nights and starry skies for a peaceful night’s sleep. Stay deep in the Shropshire countryside or check into a town centre residence within easy walking distance of pubs, restaurants and bars. Or will you choose to stay in a converted railway carriage or possibly a safari tent with stunning views? Perhaps it be that luxurious country house hotel that you have been promising yourself for a while instead? A self-catering holiday or short break in Shropshire will give you just as much choice too. There are stone cottages and Victorian town houses, groups of accommodation with swimming pools and away from it all, shepherd’s huts. Choose your hotel, B&B, camping, glamping, self-catering and alternative accommodation options here and then book direct with Shropshire’s finest hosts.
All year round, the calendar is filled with festivals, fairs, shows, exhibitions and special days out in Shropshire. Some events are annual traditions; others are one-off occasions you won’t want to miss. Shropshire’s most famous recurring events include Shrewsbury Flower Show in August and Ludlow Food Festival in September. And several events are unique to Shropshire’s rich history such as Oswestry Show in August - a one-day farming extravaganza.
Which train services run direct to Shropshire?
Direct trains run from Birmingham via Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury