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Shrewsbury is nestled in the county of Shropshire, on the border of North Wales and neighbour of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Shropshire is approximately 3 hours from London, an hour from Manchester and 40 minutes from Birmingham.

Shrewsbury train station

Shrewsbury train station

Travel by rail

The 167-year-old train station is based within the centre of town, below Shrewsbury Castle. The station is serviced by trains from around the UK, many services to Wales start at or pass through Shrewsbury station, which is why the station is known as the 'Gateway to Wales'.

From Birmingham, Manchester or Chester the journey is around an hour or less (on a direct train) and there is a direct service between Shrewsbury and London.

Plan your journey here with National Rail journey planner or Trainline.

There is a taxi rank outside of Shrewsbury station.

Travel by car

If you're planning a road trip to Shrewsbury you will need to use the M54 / M6 network or the A49, A5, A53, A458 if approaching by A roads. There is parking a plenty in centre of Shrewsbury town.

Car Parks

Shropshire Council car parks in Shrewsbury are priced in bands; the further from the centre of the town, the cheaper the car park. You can stay for as long as you want in the car parks or on-street and they are priced per hour (there is a time limit for stays in Frankwell Riverside, due to flooding risk).

Car Park Postcode Charging Hours Monday - Saturday Sunday
Abbey Foregate SY2 6AH 8am - 6pm 50p/hr FREE
Frankwell (Main, Riverside and Quay) SY3 8HQ 8am - 6pm 70p/hr FREE
St Julian Friars SY1 1XL 8am - 6pm £1/hr 50p/hr
Bridge Street SY1 1QU 8am - 6pm £1.80/hr 90p/hr
St Austin's Street SY1 1SA 8am - 6pm £1.80/hr 90p/hr
Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre SY1 1RU 8am - 6pm £1.80/hr 90p/hr
Raven Meadows Multi-Storey SY1 1PL 24 hours £1.80/hr £1.50/day
On Street   8am - 6pm £2.40/hr £2.40/hr

Find out more about Shropshire Council car parks in Shrewsbury

Pay for parking with the MiPermit app.

The cashless app allows you to top-up while out and about.

Non-Council car parks include:

  • NCP Wyle Cop - SY1 1XE, charges 24 hours (early bird tickets are available for £3.50 all day for those arriving before 9.30am)
  • Barker Street - SY1 1QH, charges 8am - 8pm
  • The Gap - SY1 1PL, charges 8am - 8pm

Disabled parking

Shrewsbury has designated on-street parking spaces for disabled badge holders on:

  • Shoplatch - SY1 1HF
  • Castle Street - SY1 2BQ
  • St. Mary's Street - SY1 1DS
  • St Mary's Place - SY1 1DZ
  • Claremont Street - SY1 1QG
  • Roushill - SY1 1PN
  • Beeches Lane - SY1 1TZ
  • Princess Street - SY1 1LP
  • Dogpole - SY1 1EN

Parking is free if a badge is displayed.

Normal car parking charges apply for the designated disabled parking spaces in Raven Meadows multi-storey and in Abbey Foregate car park.

Some Hackney Carriage taxis are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible buses operate on all three Park and Ride routes. Normal charges apply.

Travel by park and ride

There are three park and ride sites in:

  • Harlescott - SY1 4HA, closes at midnight
  • Meole Brace - SY3 9NB, closes after the arrival of the last bus (around 6.40pm)
  • Oxon - SY3 5AD, closes after the arrival of the last bus (around 6.40pm)

Parking is free and the return bus fare costs £1.60 for adults, concessions are half price (with a senior citizen bus pass or Shrewsbury Sixth Form / Shrewsbury High School student card).

Buses run every 20 minutes between 7.30am and 6.30pm (last bus departs from car park at 6.10pm)

For more information on the park and ride services, visit the Shropshire Council website.

Travel by taxi

If you're coming for a night out in Shrewsbury, don't forget to book your journey home to avoid long waits.

  • Station Taxis - 01743 818283
  • Shrewsbury Taxis - 01743 244477
  • Go Carz - 01743 441144
  • Vincent Taxis - 01743 367777
  • Access Cars - 01743 545454
  • AAA Shrewsbury Taxis - 01743 244555
  • Star Cars Travel - 01743 353535

Travel by bus or coach

Until March 31st 2023 all bus services within Shrewsbury and Shropshire are £2 per trip. You can find a map of all routes and services within Shrewsbury here.

Travel by bus and coach is stress-free and cost-effective. For information and timetables call the Shropshire Travel Line on 0870 6082608.

Information is also available from National Express (08705 808080) Travel Line Midlands (0870 2002233) and Severn Dee Travel (01691 681010)

Coach Parking

In 2012, Shrewsbury was awarded with a Coach Friendly Award by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). Shrewsbury partners have continued to work with CPT to improve the coach offer and facilities, which included adding additional coach drop-off points.

Coaches can park at Abbey Foregate car park (13 coach / HGV bays) and Frankwell car park (5 dedicated coach bays). Parking for coaches is free although charges may apply during busy events, such as the Flower Show.

Coach Parking:

  • Frankwell Coach Park - SY3 8HQ
  • Abbey Foregate SY2 6AH and turn left at the Car Park sign (postcode is Shropshire Wildlife Trust)

Coach Drop-Off Points:

There are coach drop-off points at Frankwell opposite St. Chad's Church at the main entrance to the Quarry Park, Shoplatch, and Dogpole.

  • Frankwell Coach Park - SY3 8HQ
  • St Chad's Terrace - SY1 1JX
  • Shoplatch - SY1 1EB
  • Dogpole - SY1 1HF

Shrewsbury is a medieval town with narrow streets, which could make access by large vehicles difficult. For advice on access, speak with the staff at your planned destination or contact the Parking and Transport Office on 01743 356628.

Travel by air

Jet-setters planning a trip to Shrewsbury can land at Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, which are all an hour away. Birmingham and Manchester airports are connected to a mainline rail network.