Located within the River Severn, Shrewsbury is a town steeped in history. Shropshire’s county town was founded by the Saxons and further developed by the Tudors, which is highlighted through its architecture. It is also the birthplace of a rather notable fellow, Charles Darwin, whose statute sits proudly outside Shrewsbury Library.
Now home to a staggering 660 listed buildings simply walking through the town’s winding streets will transport you to a different time. There’s plenty to do, besides enjoying the architecture, with an abundance of attractions and landmarks to entertain you.
Shopping, museums and natural beauty all part of Shrewsbury’s make-up and the fact that it is easily accessible by train makes it the perfect destination for a calming getaway within the UK.
Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Shrewsbury
Although Shrewsbury is connected to all of our stations there are still plenty of routes that end here. See the most popular ones below.
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Things to do in Shrewsbury
When you arrive in Shrewsbury, you’ll instantly be welcomed by the iconic timber buildings and winding roads that make it a special place. If you’re interested in the history of the town, take a short walk to Shrewsbury Castle, built in 1070, it is now home to a wide collection of weapons, uniforms and medals from the 18th century to the present day. A stroll to the town centre will then bring you to the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, where you’ll find more collections that tell the town’s story.
If you fancy a bit of a shopping spree, Wyle Cop, which is rumoured to have the longest uninterrupted run of independent shops, is nearby, while the Market Hall, voted Britain’s favourite market, has an eclectic mix of even more quirky shops and food stalls.
When you need a break from the shops, the Quarry is a short walk away — a riverside parkland that’s perfect for relaxing. Each August the Quarry hosts the Shrewsbury Flower Show, with a wide variety of incredible plants, music and food to enjoy.
For evening an evening out, you’ll find restaurants along the riverfront, and throughout the town centre, serving cuisine from across the globe. This can be followed up by a drink at one of the many bars and pubs around the town.
Ways to save
At Avanti West Coast, we’re committed to supplying the best service for the best value. So we’re always looking for ways we can help you save a little bit of money that can go towards a great day out. Simple tips like travelling outside of peak hours can make a huge difference to the price of a train ticket to Shrewsbury, but did you know tickets can go on sale up to 12 weeks before the departure date? Booking as early as possible can help ensure you get the cheapest ticket. You can set up advance ticket alerts which will notify you when tickets for a particular date become available.
If you already have a Railcard you can get a 33% discount on your travel, and for 16–17-year-olds, that can be as much as 50%. If you don’t have a Railcard yet we would recommend signing up for one. The reasonable up-front payment can pay for itself after a few journeys, so if you’re a regular train user, you can easily save hundreds of pounds a year simply by using a Railcard.
There are plenty of Railcards available, so there will be one that suits you best. They are also available as digital versions so you can store and update you railcard easily if required.
Another way to save is by booking directly through the Avanti West Coast website or app rather than external travel booking services. We don’t charge booking fees and if you do happen to find the same ticket cheaper elsewhere, we’ll be more than happy to refund you the difference.
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Shrewsbury Station Information
Everything you need to know about Shrewsbury Station can be found here:
Shrewsbury station information
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