Posted 13 Jun 2023

Your guide to visiting Shrewsbury for a major event

Are you travelling to Shrewsbury during one of our award-winning festivals? Make the most of your trip with our handy guide!
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Travel information

There is limited car parking capacity within the town centre, therefore we recommend that all attendees to major events use public transport.

Nestled on the border of Wales, Shrewsbury is easily accessible by rail and bus, whilst Park and Ride services offer quick and easy access to the town centre. These run every 20 minutes, are accessible and dog-friendly, and the £2 ticket price includes all-day parking (free for under 16s).

Due to its historic layout, Shrewsbury can be difficult to navigate, so we encourage all attendees to pre-plan their journey to guarantee easy travelling.

Travel by bus

Travelling by bus is stress-free and cost-effective, and until October 31st all bus travel is capped at £2 for a single journey! Plan your trip with Traveline.

Travel by rail

Known as 'The Gateway to Wales', Shrewsbury's historic train station is serviced by trains from across the UK.

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 with West Midlands Railway and National Rail journey planner.

Shrewsbury train station is just a 12-minute walk from The Quarry, and there's a taxi rank outside the station if needed.

Travel by car

Coming from Chester, Wrexham, Oswestry and the north, via A5

Saturday: The Oxon Park and Ride (SY3 5AD) service is the quickest and easiest way to get into Shrewsbury town centre from this direction. The service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last return bus leaving Castle Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Travelling via the A5, the most easily accessible car park is Frankwell (SY3 8RD). Frankwell offers free parking on Sunday and is just a 10-minute walk away along the River Severn. Alternatively, nearby you can find Raven Meadows multi-storey (SY1 1PL) where you can park all day for £2 on Sundays.

Coming from Whitchurch, Market Drayton and the north, via A53 and A49 southward

Saturday: The Harlescott Park and Ride (SY1 4HA) service is the quickest and easiest way to get into Shrewsbury town centre from this direction. The service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last return bus leaving Castle Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Travelling via the A53 and A49 southward, the most easily accessible car park is Abbey Foregate (SY2 6AH). Abbey Foregate offers free parking on Sunday and is just a 15-minute walk away along Wyle Cop, the UK's longest-run of independent businesses.

Coming from Stafford, Wolverhampton Telford and the east, via the A5 and M54

Saturday: Both the Meole Brace (SY3 9NB) and Harlescott Park and Ride (SY1 4HA) are suitable for this journey. The services run every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last Meole Brace service leaving High Street at 6.30pm and the last Harlescott Park service leaving from Castle Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Travelling via the A5 and M54, the most easily accessible car park is Abbey Foregate (SY2 6AH). Abbey Foreaget is free parking on a Sunday, and is just a 15-minute walk away along Wyle Cop, the UK's longest-run of independent businesses.

Coming from Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock and the east, via the A458

Saturday: The Meole Brace Park and Ride (SY3 9NB) service is the quickest and easiest way to get into Shrewsbury town centre from this direction. The service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last return bus leaving High Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Coming via the A458, the most easily accessible car park is Abbey Foregate (SY2 6AH). Abbey Foregate is free parking on a Sunday, and is just a 15-minute walk away along Wyle Cop, the UK's longest-run of independent businesses.

Coming from Hereford, Worcester and the south, via A49 north

Saturday: The Meole Brace Park and Ride (SY3 9NB) service is the quickest and easiest way to get into Shrewsbury town centre from this direction. The service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last return bus leaving High Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Travelling via the A49 northward, the most easily accessible car parks are Frankwell (SY3 8RD) and Abbey Foregate (SY2 6AH). Both offer free parking on Sundays and are within a 15-minute walk of The Quarry.

Coming from Wales

Saturday: The Oxon Park and Ride (SY3 5AD) service is the quickest and easiest way to get into Shrewsbury town centre from this direction. The service runs every 20 minutes from 8am to 6.20pm, with the last return bus leaving Castle Street at 6.30pm.

Sunday: Coming from Wales, the most easily accessible car park is Frankwell (SY3 8RD). Frankwell offers free parking on Sunday and is just a 10-minute walk away along the River Severn. Alternatively, nearby you can find Raven Meadows multi-storey (SY1 1PL) where you can park all day for £2 on Sundays.

More information about Park and Ride

More parking information

Park and Ride map
Shrewsbury Square cleaned

Whilst you're visiting Shrewsbury...

Explore our endless independents and your favourite big names, tastebud-tingling eateries and bars, all set in a picturesque market town with over 1,000 years of history.

Shrewsbury Food Festival is just a taster of the outstanding food and drink available in the town! From family-run bakeries to themed cocktail bars and restaurants with a passion for local produce, they're all ready and waiting to welcome you.

Explore Shrewsbury's food and drink

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When visiting Shrewsbury, shopping should always be at the top of your to-do list. With independent retailers outnumbering big names by almost half, there are endless boutiques and quirky independents hidden around every corner.

Explore Shrewsbury's retailers

Coming from further afield and need a place to rest your head? There are plenty of out-of-the-ordinary places for you to kick back and relax, from historic townhouse hotels to boutique b&bs, you can find them all in Shrewsbury.

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