Tips for Shrewsbury mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Shrewsbury bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Shrewsbury . Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Shrewsbury . Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Shrewsbury highlights.

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Travel by plane

There are three airports in the neighbourhood of the Shropshire County. These airports are Manchester Airport (MAN), Birmingham Airport (BHX) and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL).

The airport with the closest distance is Birmingham Airport. Birmingham Airport has a distance of 56 miles, 90 kilometres from the county Shropshire.  The travel time is one hour and 5 minutes. From Birmingham Airport there will fly different airlines Flybe, Ryanair, Easyjet. Lineservice, and charter flights.

The distance to Manchester Airport is 63 miles, 100 kilometres. The time to travel is one hour and 35 minutes. 

From the Liverpool John Lennon Airport is it 716 miles, 115 kilometres. It is one hour and 35 minutes drive. It is possible to go by private transport to Shropshire. You could go by taxi, coach or minibuses.  

The check-in hall

The check-in hall credit: Stevvvv4444 CC BY-SA 2.0
Interior of the terminal building at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, UK

Travel by road

The biggest junction by road in the district Shropshire is in Shrewsbury. The main road crosses each other at this point. The connection road M54 connects Shropshire with the city Birmingham. The connection road A5 is one of the main roads. This road goes through the whole country, from Wales via Shrewsbury through Bangor. 

There is also the possibility to do this distance by private transport, for example by coach or by minibus.

The Quarry, Shrewsbury - Pengwern Boat Club

The Quarry, Shrewsbury - Pengwern Boat Club credit: Elliott Brown CC BY-SA 2.0

Business Travel and Tourism

Shropshire has a lot of locations for congresses and business meetings. One of these locations is the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre. This centre is situated at the Vanguard way Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is the main city of the district Shropshire. Shropshire is easily accessible.  Shrewsbury is accessible from the A49 from the north, the road A5 from the east and the A458 from the west and south.  

The Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre has three conference rooms. The first room is a meeting room in a modern café. There are different arrangements in the meeting room, such as a theatre seating for about 55 people. The second room is the boardroom. In the boardroom there is a round table for about 8 people. The Boardroom has an audio installation and various computer screens. 

And as third, there is a foyer. The lobby is available for one on one meeting. One of the many facilities is computers and free wifi. There are also stairs and lifts to the first floor and there is free parking.

Another location is the Windsor Conference Centre. The Windsor Conference Centre also has wifi, laptops and other supplies for a conference. The style of the conference room is different. The arrangement may be such as a classroom, but it can also be arranged as a theatre.

The Windsor Conference Centre is located in the Ludlow Food Centre and is situated at the Bromfield Ludlow. Ludlow is located in the south of Shrewsbury.

Golf Travel and Tourism

Shropshire has about 31 locations where corrugated. One of the best places to golf is the Hawstone Park. The Hawstone Park is located in Shrewsbury. The facilities include a restaurant, a picnic area, a parking place, toilets for the disabled, guide dogs are allowed ad there is a possibility for a guided tour for groups. You can play golf for beginners & advanced, for tourists who already have some more familiar with golf.
There is also the Arscott in Pontesbury, about 5 miles from Shrewsbury. The facilities of this golf club are a bar and a golf shop.

Bridgnorth Golf Club is located in Bridgnorth and has several facilities. The clubhouse has a bar, restaurant and kitchen.

Bridgnorth Golf Club is home to an 18-hole course

Bridgnorth Golf Club is home to an 18-hole course credit: Row17 CC BY-SA 2.0

Tours in Shropshire

While travelling by Shropshire there are numerous things to visit. With your tour with private transport in a rented minibus or bus with driver around Shropshire you can visit the area around the Ironbridge Gorge is definitely not to be missed. This area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with the Ironbridge and Coalbrookedale. Coalbrookedale is a small town in east Shropshire, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its rich history.

The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge credit: Anna & Michal CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the main attractions is the Castle of Stokesay. This castle is located in the south of Shropshire. Stokesay has two towers and windows in Gothic style.

Some gorgeous flowers around Stokesay Castle

Some gorgeous flowers around Stokesay Castle credit: UpSticksNGo Crew CC BY 2.0

Additionally there is a steam train. This train starts at Bewdley in Worcestershire. The train runs between Bewdley, Kidderminster and Bridgnort. 

Transportation to and from the airport

There are three major airports near the city Shrewsbury: Birmingham Airport, Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. You can reserve or request coach with driver in the city of Shrewsbury, where you can choose from multiple specialized companies, and you can request a size or specific type of vehicle.

Birmingham Airport

The most convenient airport to Shrewsbury is Birmingham Airport. There are scheduled flights and charter flights at Birmingham Airport. An example of the companies is Easy Jet, Ryanair, Flybe, KLM and Lufthansa. Birmingham Airport (BHX) is located approximately 56 miles, and is about 90 kilometres to Shrewsbury. The time you will be travelling is about 1 hour and 5 minutes.

The Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport

The Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport credit: Civilengtiger CC BY 3.0

Manchester Airport

The distance from Manchester Airport (MAN) to the city Shrewsbury is about 63 miles, about 100 kilometres. The time you will be travelling to Manchester Airport is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The distance to the Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is about 72 miles, about 115 kilometres to Shrewsbury away by car. The time you will be travelling to Liverpool John Lennon Airport is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

It is possible to go by private transportation from the airport to the city Shrewsbury. This transport can be by taxi, but also by coach or by a minibus. Some of the companies are:

City Tours in Shrewsbury

There are no cars allowed in the city centre, so it is not possible to make a city tour by car.

The tourist information centre organises a city tour. This is a tour where can be walked along the tourist attractions and over hills. The walk takes at least two hours, as it is taken into account that is visited tourist attractions. The route travels along the castle of Shrewsbury, the Shrewsbury Museum and the St Chads Church. You can rent a bus in Shrewsbury for tours to the city or in Shropshire County.

A visit to The Square in Shrewsbury and to the Old Market Hall

The Square, Shrewsbury, UK credit: Gnesener1900 CC BY-SA 3.0

Walking trails / hiking tours / walking options: 

Shropshire has about 35 walking routes. One starts in Shrewsbury. The trail begins at the Shrewsbury city center. Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury. The route follows the trail of Charles Darwin schoolboy, by nature. The route is about 3.5 miles and takes less than an hour. The other trails are spread over the area of Shropshire.

What to see during your tour in Shrewsbury with a hired minibus

Shrewsbury Castle

The castle was built between 1065 and 1075 and is located in the north of Shrewsbury. The castle has turned into the Shropshire Regimental Museum, where a collection is exhibited. This collection includes photos, medals and uniforms.

In addition, there’s a collection of the National Interest. These are collections from the Roman city Viroconium.

UK, Shropshire - Shrewsbury Castle

UK, Shropshire - Shrewsbury Castle credit: Lukes_photos CC BY-SA 2.0

The Attingham Park

This park is located in Atcham. Atcham is located in the southeast of Shrewsbury. The facilities include a park and a tea house. For families, the park has a number of facilities, such as a family game, a playground for children and a quiz for children. In addition, the park also has a cafe.

The square of Shrewsbury

This square is located in the historic centre of Shrewsbury. Various events are given here during the year, including Shrewsbury Carnival, but the day of the cultural differences is also celebrated in the square. A famous festival that is given in August is the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

The market building

The market building holds various markets. These markets consist of stalls with art from local artists, books. In addition there is also food available on the market. These are divided into breads and cakes, fruit and vegetables and seafood.

A few other parts of the market contain the jewellery stalls, clothes and accessories. The market building is in the centre of Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Horticultural Society

Shrewsbury Horticultural Society credit: Gnesener1900 CC BY-SA 3.0

The Severn Theatre

Shrewsbury has a new theatre, called the Theatre Severn. The theatre is located in the central part of Shrewsbury. In addition it has a varied program of shows. There is a possibility of an educational activity and it has a dance school. There is also a restaurant which provides some delicious meals.

The Quarry Park

The park is located in the east of Shrewsbury. The Quarry park is a perfect place where you can relax. It is also a place for events such as a dragon boat race. In August there is the Shrewsbury Flower Show. This is the longest running horticultural exhibition stand here and therefore they use about 3 million flowers. It is also the perfect place to stroll or to keep a picnic.

The Roman city Wroxester

Wroxester is located in the southeast of Shrewsbury. Of the Roman Empire English Wroxester Vierna was the largest city. Currently it is a museum where it is possible to get an audio tour. A new city hall opened at Roman times which can be visited. The town hall is part of the TV program “Rome was not built in a day" on the British television Channel 4.

Sabrina boat trip

It is possible to take a boat to sail on the river Severn. The Sabrina has a double deck, which makes it possible to see the water. This boat sails through the Welsh bridge at some sights. Some sights where the boat sails at are new Theatre Severn, and of course the castle of Shrewsbury.
The Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury connects the city by the main route to Wales. The bridge was built in 1795 and connected the town with the Frankwell area. This bridge crosses the River Severn. John Tilley is the designer of this bridge and he also built the bridge.

Sabrina boat trips on the River Severn at Shrewsbury

Sabrina boat trips on the River Severn at Shrewsbury credit: Shropshire & Telford TSB CC BY 2.0

Shopping

There are shops for everyone. In Shrewsbury there are shopping malls including the Parade. The Parade is known for the interior and exterior of the building, neo-classical style on the outside and on the inside it has a Victorian style. The shopping centre is located in the central part in Shrewsbury. Besides shopping malls, there are several unique shops scattered throughout the city.

Food and drinks

Pubs

There are about 65 different pubs in Shrewsbury. Armoury is a traditional European pub. From this pub there is a lovely view of the water. This pub is located in the central part of Shrewsbury. There is also a possibility to go for a nice lunch here.

Another type of café in Shrewsbury is Cafe Nero. We recommend tasting the local pub food with your group or your guide. There are various Italian coffee types available here which are worth the try. In addition to a cup of coffee at Cafe Nero there is also a possibility to eat. The food focuses on the Italian cuisine.

The Dun Cow pub, Shropshire, Eng

The Dun Cow pub, Shropshire, Eng credit: Micolo J CC BY 2.0

Tea Houses

It is possible to have a natural cup of tea in one of the many tea houses in Shrewsbury, for example, in Camillias Tea rooms. Different types of packages are available here. These packages contain several small dishes and teas.

Restaurants

Shrewsbury also has restaurants in special buildings, for example, in The Draper's Hall. The building has a beamed ceiling and floors covered with tiles. Whether the Albright Hussey. This is a country house which dates from the 15th century and has its own moat with lock.

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