Area guide

Priding itself on history, culture, and community, Shropshire is certainly considered one of the most desirable spots in the country packed full of charm and intrigue.


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Shropshire enchants many with it mystic landscape and charming communities. Situated on the Welsh border, this county carries its rich history on its sleeve which you’ll find woven into much of the architecture throughout the main towns and key areas.

Shropshire is an ideal location for those looking for a break from the big cities, the beautifully sparse landscape is littered with a wealth of historic towns and villages perfect for family life. The county is also closely surrounded by some of the major cities in the UK with Birmingham and Manchester being just a stone’s throw away - this is what makes Shropshire a desirable commuter spot.

This is an area full of delights with many enticing qualities breaking through the general quaintness of the area, much of the county is comprised of market towns which have been bustling with the comforting hubbub of the locals for centuries. Our area guide contains all the information you’ll need to know on living in Shropshire, read on to find out more on the key towns, schools, transport links as well as information on its rich culture and points of interest.

Things to do in Shropshire

The very nature of Shropshire’s sprawling countryside and market town roots makes the county a hot spot for a variety of sights, attractions and activities.

Wildlife, nature and the outdoors

Shropshire is enlightened by a whole host of natural delights including hilltops, rivers and a vast and beautiful countryside. This kind of habitat welcomes a rich selection of wildlife and nature to the Shropshire hills which makes the county particularly attractive to bird and wildlife watchers. There are plenty more adrenaline pumped activities for those looking for something more active such as paragliding – there are many sites operating around the Shropshire hills.


The rich history of the county is marked by Thomas Telford’s Iron Bridge which was the first arched bridge made out of cast iron. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum, named after Telford’s creation and in honour of the role Shropshire played in the development of our industries is situated in Coalbrookdale. Here you can experience workshops which demonstrate how these industries operated at the time.

Medieval architecture dominates a number of the towns including Shrewsbury which is littered with timber-built houses. Going back even further in history, Ludlow and Wenlock Edge in the South is considered to be a geological diamond mine where a rich collection of ancient stones, fossils and artefacts have been dug up over the years.

Culture, shopping and nightlife

Shropshire’s traditional market towns have been offering their friendly and accommodating atmospheres for centuries, and still carry their prime function into the modern day; this is why shopping, cultural hot spots and nightlife are still very much a part of the Shropshire landscape. Fresh food and homemade crafts are sold four days of the week at Shrewsbury’s famous market, whilst the stunning Quarry Park is host to the annual flower show and food festival - it’s also a venue which stages a number of concerts and plays produced by The Severn Theatre throughout the summer.

Why We Love Shropshire

Shropshire offers a lifestyle which is seldom found in the modern day - safe communities, beautiful countryside, good schools and towns bustling with culture.

There are plenty of reasons to love Shropshire from a purely visual perspective – the historical towns, ancient landmarks, traditional architecture and unspoiled countryside are awe-inspiring, yet comforting and homely. You only have to look at the border country boasting a procession of fantastic castles to understand.

The natural beauty of the county with its rolling hills and sparse countryside is an inviting incentive in itself, however those who move to Shropshire don’t just make an environmental change – they make a lifestyle move too.

In among the aesthetically pleasing valleys and rivers, a tight-knit and safe community runs throughout the lively towns and villages. The events which bring the local communities together, such as the annual food and flower festivals, are a delight and truly project the county’s charming character. The marriage of community and natural beauty in Shropshire is what makes this location such a unique, sought after place to live.

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Key villages & towns in Shropshire

Schools in the area

Shropshire is home to an excellent selection of primary, secondary and further education establishments.

There are a wide variety of education facilities in Shropshire covering primary education, secondary education and further education college courses. The likes of Woore Primary School is highly regarded for providing their students with a caring and stable environment, elsewhere there is Alveley Community Primary School who value and celebrate their comforting and supportive community. There are also a selection of Church of England schools such as Lydbury North School, St George’s School and Newton School.

Furthermore, there are many high-performing secondary schools throughout the county including Moreton Hall School who prides itself on academic prowess as well as assisting and motivating their students in extra-curricular activities. Also, Shrewsbury School, Idsall School and The Thomas Adams School operate within the county boasting excellent GCSE results.

There are some further education facilities at the North Shropshire College, Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury University which offer full-time and part-time courses. You’ll be able to find a full comprehensive list of schools in Shropshire and the surrounding area in the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

There is a regular service running from Shrewsbury to Manchester, Birmingham and Crewe, whilst also providing a direct route to London Euston. The Manchester to Cardiff line also runs through the county which touches in at Ludlow, whilst Cambrian Line trains ferries passengers towards the Welsh coast and Welshpool.

By train

The M54 offers Shropshire an excellent connection to the Midlands and Birmingham. The M54 also leads into the M6 for those wanting to travel even further North to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.