Shropshire Visitor information
An Introduction to Shropshire
The Shropshire hills are an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and help to keep the county near Wales rural. Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Shropshire is known for being one of the quietest counties and still contains many independent shops.
Things to do in Shropshire
Shropshire is home to 32 of the nation's castles, including Ludlow Castle of Norman origin, Shrewsbury Castle and Stokesay Castle. Blists Hill is a recreated Victorian mining town and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. The Royal Airforce Museum is in Cosford. Attingham Park is an 18th century mansion surrounded by a deer park.
Getting to Shropshire
Shropshire connects to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. The A49, A5, A53, A458 all make Shropshire easily accessible. Shropshire is approximately 3 hours from London, an hour or so from Manchester and only 40 minutes from Birmingham.
Shropshire is linked by a regular main line rail service from London, a journey that takes 3 hours. The towns within Shropshire all have good rail access.
The nearest airports are located in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester and are all approximately an hour away. Birmingham and Manchester airports also connect to a mainline rail network.
By Bus and Coach
National Express run coaches into many of the towns in Shropshire and the local bus operators include Arriva and First.
The entire area of modern Shropshire was included within the territory of the Celtic Cornovii tribe, whose capital was the Wrekin Hill fort. After the Roman military expansion the tribal territory was reorganised as a Roman Civitas.
In the 9th and 10th centuries the district was frequently overrun by the Danes. In 912 Ethelfleda, the Lady of Mercia, erected a fortress at Bridgnorth against the Danish invaders.
Apart from the border warfare in which they were constantly engaged, Shrewsbury Castle was garrisoned for the empress Maud by William Fitz-Alan in 1138, but was captured by Stephen in the same year.
During the Percy rebellion Shrewsbury was in 1403 the site of a battle between the Lancastrian King Henry IV, and Henry Percy ('Harry Hotspur') of Northumberland. Buildwas Abbey a magnificent ruin, founded in 1135 by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Chester.
Coalbrookdale has become designated the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the towns of Broseley and Madeley were centres of innovation during the late 18th Century. In Broseley, John Wilkinson pioneered precision engineering by constructing Boulton and Watt's original steam engines. He also constructed the first iron boat.
Universities in Shropshire