England is a country of varying landscapes, including vibrant metropolitan areas and tranquil countryside. Shropshire is a mostly rural county in the West Midlands, a picturesque and relaxing spot for a holiday via the many options for trains to Shropshire. Learn about train lines, routes and stations in Shropshire to help you plan an ideal holiday in this rural county.
The surrounding areas of Birmingham, Blackpool and London all operate trains to Shropshire. Comfortable, clean rail cars offer the best in relaxing transportation. Travel with train journey from Blackpool to Shropshire in just under 2 hours (Whitchurch Station) or from Birmingham in 1 hour and 8 minutes (Wellington Station). In addition, 14 stations located in the county allow you to move easily around the Shropshire area via train.
On the route from Birmingham, look out your train window for spectacular views of hill ranges and peaceful terrain as you pass through quaint small towns, such as Bobbington and Stoke Bliss. The River Severn, Britain’s longest river, winds through Shrewsbury past the world heritage site of Ironbridge. Bridgnorth, at the top of a sandstone cliff, offers views of several surrounding counties.
Places to visit in Shropshire
- Ironbridge: Set on the River Severn, Ironbridge is a town named for the historic cast iron bridge dating from 1781. The bridge crosses the Ironbridge in the borough of Telford, accessible via Telford Central railway station. Plan a visit to The Museum of the Gorge, one of several museums managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – it's packed with historic information about the spectacular geographic area of Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale.
- Wonderland: The little ones in your party will be enchanted with this fantasy theme park designed just for children. Entry fee includes unlimited rides and play in this land of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, which come to life in the houses of their favourite characters around each bend. Play a round of crazy golf, walk through Dinosaur Valley and the Wonderland Maze, then visit the Winter Wonderland Christmas Village for a memorable family outing. Telford Central is the most convenient train stop.
- Dana Prison: Located in the county town of Shrewsbury, one of the main train stations in Shropshire, is the historic Dana Prison, offering guided visitor tours. The facility dates from the 18th century and is no longer used as a prison but open to the public. Tour guides are chosen from previous prison guards, making for an informative and interactive experience. Follow the process of new inmates as they entered the system and hear fascinating stories from the prison's long and often gruesome history. Arrive at Shrewsbury railway station to find this amazing children's attraction, an excellent choice for a day trip to Shropshire.
- Ludlow Castle: To visit this medieval castle take the train to the Ludlow railway station in the heart of the bustling market town of Ludlow. First built centuries ago as a Norman fortress, the castle has been home to nobility, royalty and wealthy private citizens. Today, the castle is open to the public for an authentic glimpse of medieval life. Local festivals and special events are held in this picturesque location. Check out this site as a possible venue for weddings and other festivities.
- Horse Riding in Shropshire: One of the most serene and memorable ways to experience the Shropshire countryside is on horseback. There are at least 20 riding centres in the county, ready to provide you with the right horse for your level of expertise. Visit the Long Mynd with 6,000 acres of National Trust land to explore on your Shropshire getaway. Shrewsbury is home to Forton Horse and Pony Riding School for day rides and lessons.
Trains from London to Shropshire
There are several options for rail travel between London and Shropshire. From London Euston, there are 3 lines operating which terminate at Wellington Station: Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin Trains West Coast and West Midlands Trains. You may need to change trains in Birmingham. This line calls at Whitchurch as well.
If you want to go directly to Shrewsbury, which is the county town of Shropshire, choose Arriva or West Midlands. Leaving from London Marylebone, the route takes 1 hour and 43 minutes, with a short walk in Birmingham to catch the transfer. Virgin Trains began a new direct service from London in 2014.